Updated 16 November 2020

Your Guide to Traveling Around Italy with a Rental Car

Aleksandrs Buraks
Head of Growth at DiscoverCars.com

Why should you rent a car in Italy?

Italian destinations dominate any 'must visit' travel list of Europe and, indeed, the world. With sophisticated cities, an idyllic countryside, mouth-watering cuisine, the canals of Venice, the Colosseum, Italy really seems to have it all. While some travelers only choose to enjoy one or two regions of the country, getting a rental car is the surest way to take in as much as you want — so much so that you can have breakfast in the Alps, then enjoy dinner right on the Mediterranean coast a couple of hours later. Traveling across Italy in a car can be as much as an adventure as seeing individual sights and the best way to get a real taste of this unique land.
Top Tips:
  • Most visitors to Italy pick up their rental cars right at the airport. Rome Fiumicino, Milan Malpensa, and Venice Marco Polo are not only the country's busiest airports but also its main car rental hubs. Picking up and dropping off a rental car right at the airport is usually the cheapest option.
  • Italy gets the largest number of travelers from June to August. While the country is lovely during the summer months, visiting in late spring or early autumn can help to avoid crowds and is usually a more budget-friendly option. This applies especially to southern Italy.
  • Enjoy having a rental car to the maximum! If you rent a car in Milan, check out Lake Como or Bergamo as well. If you're in Florence, consider day trips to other historic, picturesque cities like Bologna or Perugia. If based in Naples, make sure to also check out Pompeii and the nearby coast.
  • Italy is not just about culture and cuisine — the country is also home to a large number of national parks, stunning mountains, and awesome beaches for you to enjoy.
  • Choosing the right rental car supplier is really important. Interrent, Enterprise, and National are the three highest-rated car rental companies in Italy.
  • Familiarize yourself with the rental conditions such as the mileage and fuel policies before booking a car!
  • Learn about the traffic rules and speed limits before your trip — they might be different than in your country!

When should you go to Italy?

The best time to visit famous Italian cities like Venice, Milan, Florence, and Rome is from late April to early October. Summers in Italy can get very warm, but usually not prohibitively hot — it's a good idea to check the weather forecast for your intended dates, though! On the other hand, the warmer months of the year are also when the largest tourist crowds arrive. If you care more about culture and history and don't mind some wind and rain, you might actually prefer visiting in November or March. Snow does periodically fall in Northern Italy in wintertime.

The average high temperature in Rome is 31.5 °C (89 °F) in July, 22 °C (72 °F) in October, and 15 °C (57 °F) in February. Milan, being slightly more north and inland, is cooler, with 28.5 °C (83.3 °F) in July, 18 °C (64 °F) in October and 15 °C (57 °F) and 9 °C (48 °F) in February. Snow does periodically occur in Milan.

The winter sports season in Northern Italy lasts roughly from early December until late March or early April. January and February are usually considered the best months for skiing and snowboarding, but consequently, they also see the largest number of visitors. With a rental car, the Italian Alps and Dolomites are also great to visit during the summer months — it's pleasantly cool in the mountains, and places like Cortina and Aosta Valley are incredibly scenic.

The famous beach resorts in places like Capri, Tropea, and Rimini get the largest share of their visitors in July and August as these are the months when most Italians take their vacations. While they're amazing during the hottest time of the year, visiting in June or September can be just as enjoyable and the crowds will be considerably smaller. The same goes for more northerly beach paradises of Elba and Sanremo.

Keep in mind: If you plan to drive in the Alps in winter, you might need snow chains — ask your rental car supplier about them.

The famous beach resorts in places like Capri, Tropea and Rimini get the largest share of their visitors in July and August as these are the months when most Italians go on their vacations. While they're amazing during the hottest time of the year, visiting in June or September can be just as enjoyable and the crowds will be considerably smaller. The same goes for more northerly beach paradises like Elba and Sanremo. The south of the country — the provinces of Campania, Apulia, and Calabria - are some of the hottest parts of Europe and nice to visit even in October.

Now that you've decided when to travel to Italy, check out our prices for the dates you have chosen!

Where should you pick up a car in Italy?

Most visitors to Italy choose to pick up a rental car right at the airport. There are more than 20 international airports in Italy — chances are you're never more than a two-hour drive away from one.

The largest airports in Italy are Rome Leonardo da Vinci Airport (also known as Rome-Fiumicino) and Milan Malpensa Airport. Ranking among the busiest in Europe, they offer flights to and from countless destinations in all parts of the world. If you're traveling to Italy from outside Europe, chances are you'll be arriving at one of these two airports.

Rome is also served by Rome Ciampino Airport and Milan, by Orio Al Serio Airport (located in nearby Bergamo). Both are mainly served by low-cost carriers, thus often offering a cheaper way to arrive in Italy if traveling from Europe. Many other Italian airports have flights by low-cost airlines like Ryanair, easyJet, Lauda, Volotea, and Wizz Air.

In addition to airports, it is also possible to pick up a rental car at many other locations like international hotels and car rental company offices in the city center.

It is possible to pick up a rental car in one city and then drop it off in another. A typical travel route for many travelers is to pick up a rental car in Milan, visit Florence or Bologna, and then drop it off at one of Rome's airports (of course, the route can also work in the other direction as well). Most rental car providers charge an additional fee for one-way rentals, but it gives you the possibility to see as much of the country as you want without the need to return to your point of entry. International one-way rentals are also a possibility, although the fee for crossing the border is usually higher. Popular international one-way routes include Genoa - Nice, Milan - Lugano, and Venice - Ljubljana. Like Italy, all of its neighbors are members of the Schengen Area, so the entry requirements are the same for all countries.

How easy is it to travel around Italy independently?

One of the most visited countries on the planet, Italy is a great place to explore on your own terms. If you get a rental car, there is no need to join a tour, and you can both visit the most famous sights and make your own off-the-beaten-path discoveries as you go.

Italy has a dense road network and most highways are in good condition, though in some rural regions the quality of roads varies. While roads are generally very good in the Alps, it's important to keep in mind that this is the highest mountain range in Europe, so extra caution is necessary. If you're visiting in winter, you will need snow chains — ask your car provider about their availability in advance.

Although the overall driving culture in Italy is perhaps a bit more aggressive than elsewhere in Western Europe, most visitors experience no issues when driving in the country. All the main cities of Italy are very densely populated and experience significant traffic congestion. Rome is especially infamous for its hectic traffic and takes some time to get used to, so try to avoid driving in peak hours.

The distances in Italy shouldn't be underestimated. While most cities in the northern and central parts of the country are quite close to each other, a trip between the north and south of the country can take a whole day — for example, it's a seven-hour drive from Naples to Milan and an eight-hour drive between Bari and Venice.

How safe is it to travel around Italy by car?

Italy is overall a very safe destination — the crime rate is low and the country does a good job of making its visitors feel safe and welcome. Italians are very used to tourists, and while it is possible to somewhat get off the beaten track, especially in parts of Southern Italy, the entire country is safe to explore.

Tourist scams do occur in the large cities, especially near famous tourist attractions, but are usually avoidable if you keep your wits about you. Pickpocketing is an issue in crowded tourist areas and in the metro systems of Milan and Rome, so it's important to keep watch of your belongings. If you have been the victim of a crime or feel threatened, do not be afraid to contact the police — the general emergency number in Italy, like in the rest of the EU, is 112.

While the infamous organized crime rings exist in pockets of Italy, especially in the south of the country, tourists are never specifically targeted, and they are not a specific threat you should worry about. Most Italians spend their lives never coming into contact with them.

What languages are spoken in Italy?

The official and most commonly used language in daily life of Italy is, of course, Italian. Standard Italian is based on the dialect spoken in the region of Tuscany. Italy has many different dialects and some are considered separate languages, but if you speak some standard Italian, you can expect to be understood all across the country.

Knowledge of English in Italy varies widely. While English is known better among the younger population and in the larger cities, the overall knowledge is lower than in places like the Netherlands or Sweden, and in some smaller and rural areas, finding an English speaker can be a challenge. You will definitely meet locals who do not speak English, so learning at least some basic phrases in Italian will go a long way. On the other hand, most people working in the tourist and service industries have at least some knowledge of the language.

German is the co-official language in the regions of Trentino-Alto Adige/Südtirol (also known as South Tyrol) and Friuli-Venezia Giulia. In South Tyrol, most people are native speakers of the Austro-Bavarian variety of German. In addition, some Italians have worked and lived in Germany and also know the language.

French is the co-official language in the northwestern region of the Aosta Valley; many Italians all over the country have studied the language in school. If you know some French, it can definitely come in handy when traveling in Italy.

Slovene is the co-official language in the northeastern region of Friuli-Venezia Giulia which borders Slovenia. In Southern Italy, Albanian and Greek are spoken natively in some small pockets.

Three underrated travel destinations in Italy that you can reach by car:

Basilicata. Located in the southern part of Italy where it is squeezed in between its more famous neighbors, Apulia, Campania, and Calabria, the region of Basilicata doesn't see a lot of visitors. Geographic remoteness and a lack of development have made it something of a forgotten place. But the thing is, there's actually a wealth of hidden riches there — from ancient Greek ruins and Norman castles to the ghost town of Craco, untouched nature and coastlines of two different seas, Basilicata is a safe bet for a true off-the-radar adventure. And, if you're in Southern Italy, it's closer than you think, too — Basilicata's capital, Potenza, is less than a two-hour drive from Naples, and the historic city of Matera is just an hour from Bari.
Abruzzo National Park. Italy's national parks are not its main attraction, and that's understandable — with so many world-famous paintings to marvel at, beaches to swim at, and types of tiramisu to try, it's no wonder climbing a mountain is not your first priority. But Italy's nature is as scenic and wild as its cities are elegant, and perhaps nowhere more so than in the Parco Nazionale d'Abruzzo. Shared between three Italian regions, it is home to surprisingly diverse wildlife, a number of stunning (but accessible) peaks, and picturesque highland lakes. And the best thing? It's only a two-hour drive east of Rome and about the same distance north of Naples, so it can be visited as a day-trip.

Perugia. It might be fair to object that Perugia is not exactly some hidden gem — the capital of the Umbria region is a city of historic stature and a center of festivals and the arts. Yet when you're surrounded by Rome, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, and Rimini, you might come to feel a little underappreciated. Those who venture to this university city will discover impressive medieval and Renaissance architecture, ancient sites that make that architecture look modern, claustrophobically fascinating tunnels underneath the city, and a truly special atmosphere all over. All those famous neighbors with their large international airports make Perugia super easy to reach, too.

What are the best places to rent a car in Italy?

One of the most visited countries in the world, Italy has a wealth of destinations to choose from. Cities like Rome, Florence, Venice, and Naples are household names and offer plenty to enjoy in terms of history, culture, and art. While they are fascinating to visit, there are a number of other cities that can be equally interesting to travel to — places like Turin, Bologna, Genoa, and Perugia are all delightful and full of attractions plus often have at least somewhat smaller crowds of tourists.

Italy's nature shouldn't be overlooked, either. With one of the longest coastlines in Europe, it is home to thousands of amazing beaches including everything from all-inclusive resorts to remote, quaint seaside villages. Home to the Alps in its north, Italy has some of the highest peaks in Europe. And while they are significantly lower, some travelers find the mountain ranges in the center and south of the country even more picturesque. Italy is also home to more than 20 national parks and even more regional parks with Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga, Gargano, and Gran Paradiso national preserves among the standouts.
While sometimes overlooked in the past, the country's southern regions have been making significant strides to become known as great travel destinations. Safe and picturesque, they boast unmatched hospitality, equally impressive cuisine, some of the oldest settlements in Europe, along with a long, picturesque coastline and untamed nature. Naples and Bari are the most famous destinations in this part of the country, but small mountain villages can be even more rewarding to drive through.

What about filling up in Italy?

Italy is a modern and densely populated country, so there are plenty of gas stations in every part of it. Renting a vehicle with an up-to-date GPS is a good way to find the gas station nearest to you.

The prices in the Italian gas stations are shown per liter (1 liter = 0.26 US gallons).

How expensive is gas in Italy?

As of November 2020, the average price of gas in Spain was €1.38 per liter (or €5.24 per gallon). Gas in Italy is slightly more costly than in neighboring France, Switzerland, or Austria.

For how long should you rent a car in Italy?

There's no one answer for the best length of your trip to Italy — the perfect travel experience will be different for everyone. Some travelers come only on a short weekend break while others rent a car and travel around the country for a month, exploring both the north and the south of the country. Of course, everything depends on how much time you have.

While it is possible to visit Milan, Rome, and Naples, the country's three largest cities, on a short weekend trip, you would be better advised to set aside at least 3 or 4 days for each of them, especially the latter two. The sheer amount of sights, landmarks, and experiences is so impressive that staying for a shorter period might feel like selling your trip short. This also applies to Florence. Other popular destinations, like Venice, Perugia, Pisa, or Bari, are smaller and can thus be experienced on a weekend break, although to really dive into them and make the most of the trip, it's still better to plan to stay for at least a couple of extra days.

Many travelers choose to see more than one place during their trip. The relatively short distances and good driving conditions ensure that traveling between destinations is fast and easy. Itineraries like Milan-Turin-Italian Riviera, Venice-Bologna-Florence, or Rome-Naples-Amalfi Coast can be reasonably traveled within a week or, at the very most, 10 days.

How much does a rental car cost in Italy?

The cost of a rental car in Italy is influenced by many factors, such as the city or region you are visiting and the type of car that you rent. The time of year during which you visit can be very important as prices tend to increase several times during the tourist season that lasts roughly from May to early October. Other factors also influence the price — for example, one-way rentals are more expensive than returning the car in the same city.

Different Italian cities have slightly different price dynamics. Renting a car in Rome costs, on average, € 35 per day in May, € 50 per day in July and € 45 per day in October.

In Milan, rental cars are especially expensive in June when the average price is € 70 per day. However, the average price in June is only € 49 per day and € 35 per day in September.

In Naples, the price is a steady € 45-46 per day from June to August, but significantly lower both before (€ 35 in May) and after (€ 30 in September). Another South Italian tourist hub, Bari, has an even more significant drop-off in May when the daily price of a car is just € 19.

Insider's tip
: Renting a vehicle for a longer period usually brings the daily price down significantly. A five-day trip might be only slightly more expensive than a three-day trip because of this. If you can, consider exploring Italy for at least a week!

Which car rental company in Italy offers the lowest rates? What are some tricks for getting a better deal?

There are a number of cheap rental cars available in Italy, especially during the low season and outside the most visited cities of the country. You can often find a vehicle for less than € 5 per day.

The cheapest rental car in Rome for three days in November, if booked a week before the trip, is Fiat 500 at the price of just € 27. The same car is even cheaper for a five day period when it costs just € 18 and for a week when it costs € 24. Commissions and other fees make a longer period cheaper than the shorter one.

Which car rental supplier is best for you? Are the rental conditions important?

Price is obviously a huge factor when choosing a car rental company, but it shouldn't be your only consideration — often, for a couple of euros more, you can find a much better overall deal. Instead, try to look for a company that offers both a good price and has a good rating from previous renters.

Also, make sure you are familiar with the rental conditions! Different rental car suppliers will have different conditions. The rental conditions can influence the final price of the car and are important to be aware of in general.

You can find the rental conditions when searching for a rental car on our website.

What else should you keep in mind when renting a car?

Some of the most important things when picking up a rental car is knowing your rental car supplier's fuel and mileage policies along with its driver requirements.

Mileage policy :
A rental supplier's mileage policy is the maximum permitted distance that you are allowed to travel per day (or sometimes per week) with your rental car. Once you exceed the permitted distance, you will be required to pay an extra fee for every additional kilometer you drive. There might also be the maximum permitted mileage for the whole of the rental period.

Different rental car suppliers have different mileage rules. It's important to know about them before booking your car, especially if you plan to drive a lot or travel long distances during your trip.

You can find the supplier's mileage policy in their rental conditions:
Fuel policy:
Different car rental companies have different policies when it comes to fuel. Some of the most popular ones are:
Full-to-full
You are given a car with a full tank of fuel and are expected to also return it with a full tank which means that you need to fill up the tank right before dropping off the car.
Same-to-same
You are given a car with a certain amount of fuel and are expected to return the car with the same amount.
Full-to-empty
You pay in advance for a full tank of fuel when picking up a car and are allowed to return the car with an empty tank; in these cases, you may or may not be compensated if you return a car with some fuel left in the tank.
Driver requirements:
Different rental car companies will have different requirements for drivers. These may include:
The minimum and maximum age of the driver
A potential young or senior driver extra fee for drivers under or over the certain age (e.g. 25 or 65 years old)
Driving experience (e.g., at least two years)
A credit card in the name of the main driver
An international driver's license (might not apply to driver's licenses that are in Latin alphabet)
The same as with mileage and fuel policies, the driver requirements of each car rental supplier be found on their rental conditions page.

Check our comprehensive FAQ section to learn out more about mileage, fuel, and driver requirements, as well as other important questions.

How can I choose the right insurance for my rental car?

Choosing the right insurance is very important as it will protect you in case anything goes wrong during your rental period. If you have your own personal insurance, it may or may not cover your rental car — you should ask your insurance carrier to find out.

We strongly recommend you choose our own Full Coverage. Not only does it come at a reasonable price and covers most potential scenarios, but it will also give you the clarity and peace of mind as you will have 24/7 support from our team for any issue that you might have.

Check the Insurance section of our FAQ to learn more about choosing the right insurance and everything related to it.

What type of rental car is the cheapest in Italy?

The cheapest type of car in Italy is a medium-sized car - on average, it costs € 37 per day (although, of course, you can find significantly cheaper deals based on the region and the time of your travel). The average price for a small car is € 38 per day, for a large car it is € 57 per day, and for an SUV vehicle - € 50 per day. The average price of a premium class car is € 153 per day.

Many Italian city and town centers have maintained their historic planning. In some areas, cars are not allowed to enter, and even where they are, you can expect the streets to be narrow, cobblestoned, and often also steep. For this reason, it might actually be easier to get around with a smaller car. If you plan to drive in the mountains or the national parks, however, especially during wintertime, you'd do well to get a more powerful vehicle.

Which is the best car rental company in Italy?

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Should I go with a local or an international company?

In addition to large international car rental chains, you can also find local Spanish car rental companies such as Amigo Autos, Delpaso, and Record-go. While local companies do know the Spanish market well and can be a good choice, there is no reason to always go with them — the international providers have operated in Spain for decades and have just as much expertise. The main indicators should still be the company's rating and the price offered. International providers can be a good choice for a one-way trip to a neighboring country, such as from Madrid to Lisbon or Barcelona to Nice.

Some local car rental companies do not operate nationwide and only specialize in serving specific cities or regions. While they do have a lot of local expertise and it can be a good thing to support a local company, the overall rating left by previous customers still the best way to choose your rental car supplier.

What is the process of picking up and dropping off a rental car like?

To pick up a rental car, you'll need to have your booking confirmation voucher, passport, driver's license, a credit card on the main driver's name, and all the other necessary documents.

When making the reservation, you will see your rental car's pickup location, of which there are many types. Since most travelers tend to pick up their rental cars at the airport, we'll mainly focus on the pickup locations in or near the airport. These are the most popular pickup location types:

  • Meet & Greet. With this type of pickup location, you'll be met by an employee of the car rental company in the arrivals hall of the airport which you normally enter right after leaving the baggage claim area. The employee will usually have a printed sign with your name on it. The employee will take you to the company's office to proceed with signing the rental contract and collecting the car's keys.
  • In the terminal. In this case, you will have to find your rental car company's desk yourself. The desk will be usually located in the arrivals hall. Once you've found the desk, you can present your documents and continue with the pickup procedure. Do keep in mind that you might have to wait in line.
  • Shuttle bus. In certain cases, the car rental company's desk might be located outside the airport's terminal. Sometimes you can reach it on foot, but in most cases, you need to take a shuttle bus. For this, you'll need to find the shuttle bus stop inside the airport, the location of which will be given to you when making the booking. Sometimes, the shuttle bus is shared by multiple car rental companies while others have their own shuttle service just for them. Look for the name and the logo of your rental company to make sure you take the right shuttle bus.
  • Delivery service. This type of pick-up is similar to Meet & Greet but takes even less time to complete as you won't need to go to the car provider's office to sign the agreement.
  • Car rental center. This means that your car rental company shares its location with other companies. The car rental center is located in the arrivals hall, in another part of the terminal, or in a separate building next to the terminal.
  • Outside terminal. This pick-up location means that your car rental company has an individual desk located outside the airport's terminal, but within the larger airport complex, that can usually be reached on foot

At the pickup location: After the car rental company checks your documents and make sure you have enough deposit on your credit card, you will receive the car's keys and be taken to the rental car which will usually be parked in a nearby parking lot.

Inspect the car: Upon picking up the car, you will have to sign a document called the check-out form. If your rental car has any scratches or other types of damage, they should be listed on the form. Inspect the car carefully — if it has any scratches or other issues that are not listed, make sure to point them out to the employee before signing the check-out form. The form will also list the mileage and the amount of fuel the car has at the pickup time.

Take photos: It is generally a very good idea to take photos of the car before picking it up, preferably from multiple angles and including the inside of the car with the odometer showing the previous mileage on the car and of the amount of fuel in the tank (read more about fuel on our Fuel Policy section above). The photos should have a timestamp to show the date and time when they were taken; most pictures taken with mobile and digital cameras have them.

Find out the drop-off location: Before leaving with the car, make sure you find out the exact drop-off location and the directions to get there. While it will often be the same as the pickup location, it might also be in a completely different part of the airport (this is especially the case with the larger airports that have multiple terminals).

Returning the car: When dropping off the car at the end of your trip, carefully check the vehicle in the presence of an employee of the rental company. If any new scratches or damages are found, the company employee should point them out in your presence. If there are none, the car's check-in form should state that the car has been returned in the same condition. The same applies to the cleanliness of the car (if you return a car that is not clean, the company might later charge an extra cleaning fee). Make sure to check the car's trunk and the glove compartment to avoid leaving any personal belongings in the vehicle.

Can I add extras for the rental car when booking?

You might also want to add some extras for your rental car such as a GPS system, a child's seat, second-driver permission (if you're traveling with a friend or a family member who can and wants to drive). Be sure to search for them in advance and add them before making the booking. Not every rental car supplier will have all of these extras available. Adding extras will influence the final price of a car and different car rental companies offer them for different prices.

What are the traffic rules in Italy?

Italy drives on the right-hand side of the road.
On three-lane highways, the lane on the right is reserved for slower vehicles. At crossings, vehicles approaching from the right always have right of way.
Proof of insurance and the car's documentation needs to be in it whenever you're driving.
If you're the driver, you need to have your passport or ID card with you at all times.
The use of a mobile phone while driving is forbidden by law. Italy has some of the strictest rules in Europe for this offense, with fines up to € 2,000.
The nationwide emergency number, like elsewhere in the European Union, is 112. Police can also be reached by calling 113, the number of fire brigade is 115 and the number of the ambulance - 118.
If you receive a fine for a traffic violation, the car rental supplier will often charge an additional fee for administering it.
Read more about driving in Italy on Italy's national tourism website.

What are the speed limits in Italy?

Are there speed cameras in Italy?

Yes, speed cameras are widely used in Italy and can be found on highways, other intercity roads, and on city streets. Some cameras are visible while others are well-hidden. The cameras usually take a photo of your vehicle from the front as well as from the back. If you're caught speeding this way, the fine will be sent to your rental car company. They can add an additional fee for administering the fine.

In addition to this, Italian police sometimes also do speed checks on the highways, usually being hidden from the view and taking your speed as you approach with a mobile radar.

Like in most other countries of the world, any sort of speed camera detection software is forbidden by law and subject to large fines.

What are the drunk driving laws in Italy?

The legal alcohol limit in Italy is 0.05% for experienced drivers and 0.00% for novice drivers and drivers under the age of 21. Italian rules for drunk driving are some of the strictest in Europe. Being between 0.05% and 0.08% will result in an administrative penalty and fine between € 500 - € 2000; being over 0.08% will often also include a loss of license and prison time of up to one year. Combined offenses (such as drunk driving and reckless driving or speeding) will lead to even stricter penalties.

Keep in mind: Drunk driving also annuls any coverage your car has, such as the Collision Damage Waiver, so you will be fully liable for any damage caused to the car.

Are there toll roads in Italy?

Yes, there are many toll roads in Italy. The toll depends on the exact road you take, the length of your trip, and other variables. See the official Italian toll road website's calculator to find out the toll for your upcoming trip.

The accepted payment methods will be indicated by a sign above the tollgate (e.g., cash, credit card etc). Most toll booths have at least one gate for each of these methods. Make sure to avoid the Telepass gate whichis reserved for the regular users of the Telepass system [see the Telepass sign here.

The exceptions to this system are the A36, A59, and A60 highways in the Lombardy region which don't have toll gates; instead, payment is made via a mobile app. See their official website to learn about the costs and how to pay.

If you've left a toll road without paying the toll, you can do it later online. If electronic payment is made within 15 days, there will be no additional charge.

Unlike in some other European countries, Italian rental cars generally don't come equipped with the toll transponder. The Telepass system is reserved for local drivers and you need to have an Italian bank account to get it for your car. A recent exception, however, is Europcar which has Telepass transponders in some of their cars. If you rent a car with Europcar, ask them in advance about this.

There are also five toll tunnels connecting Italy to Switzerland, France, and Austria. The tolls depend on the exact tunnel.

Aleksandrs Buraks

Head of Growth at DiscoverCars.com
Aleksandrs has over 10 years of experience in marketing with a focus on creating stellar content that provides topical insights using data. Having taken five road trips across Europe and one in the U.S., he is passionate about traveling by car. His favorite countries to visit are Denmark and Thailand. You can find him on Linkedin, Facebook, and Twitter.

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