Venice

Surely, when it comes to considering whether or not to get a hire car, it doesn’t get more obvious than Venice? Well, actually, we happen to think that getting a hire car in Venice is an extremely good idea. Dolomites — quite simply there is so much more beyond Venice than canals and gondolas, and […]

Milan

Europe’s Great Lakes District – especially Lake Garda, Lake Como and Lake Maggiore, are all within an easy drive. If you rent a car in Milan (or at any one of the three airports), you have the flexibility to travel at your own pace, rather than being constrained by train timetables. Public transport is disjointed. […]

Florence

We have looked at car hire in Florence and compared it to nearby Pisa, so there is quite a lot of interplay between these two destinations. However, your visit to Florence or Pisa may well start off on a very different footing. Although Florence is by far and away the most important destination of the […]

Cagliari (Sardinia)

It would be natural for the first time visitor to Sardinia to assume that this isn’t really the place where there would be much to offer in terms of train services or other public transport, but this really isn’t the case. Although rail networks always flow a lot more smoothly when they are continuous, some […]

Bologna

Our advice for Bologna really depends largely on how you are getting to Bologna in the first place – the city has previously had two active international airports, yet in recent years, all the flights have been concentrated on the main Bologna International airport (BLQ). It’s also quite possible that you might already be travelling around […]

Verona

The city of Verona itself is reasonably well served by public transport, and the historic core is inherently walkable, but the moment any visitor looks north towards the Dolomites, a hire car starts to look very useful! To follow. To follow. Verdict – yes.

Trieste

Given that there is only one major railway heading into Trieste as the line trundles along from Venice, and given that the small number of branch lines heading out of the city only have very limited service, Trieste is the sort of destination that naturally leans towards getting a hire car. Note that the chances […]

Palermo

Palermo car hire advice – Palermo is one of those destinations where anyone instinctive reaction to the question of car hire is going to lean heavily towards not getting one. Yet, looking through my earlier notes, I see that the some reason, Palermo has actually been listed as a place where a hire car is […]

Genoa

It would be too easy to dismiss Genoa entirely without taking a look at some of the sites of historic interest within. This is of course an ancient city with many stories to tell, but it doesn’t matter how long you want to spend here, there is simply no reason to get a car if […]

Brindisi

See also – Bari Brindisi car hire advice – situated right on the heel of Italy‘s boot, Brindisi is perhaps best known as a port for maritime travel to Greece and beyond, and there are also quite a few rail routes leading in and out, including a direct link to nearby Lecce. However, this is […]

Turin

Turin is one of those cities that is undoubtedly associated with cars, not just because it is the home of Fiat, but also because most Brits with associate Turin with the legendary crime caper the Italian job. So is there any reason not to pick up a red, white or blue mini at the airport? […]

Pisa

The compact city of Pisa might well be world famous for its dodgy engineering, but any visitor to the region is obviously going to want to see a lot more than this, and there is certainly plenty to see within Pisa itself and nearby, without having to travel particularly far. When it comes to transport, […]

Catania

I cannot think of any sound reason why I would recommend a hire car in Catania. I paid a brief visit to Catania in 2006, and I have never seen anywhere in Europe where the roads were so chaotic. We took a guided tour around Etna, and as we headed back into the city our […]