Driving in Italy can be challenging, yet worthwhile

TRENTO--Anyone who has been to Italy knows that you can get to just about anywhere in that country via train.

But driving is the choice for those who want the freedom to go where they want when they want. There are some challenges to driving around Italy, such as expensive gasoline--the per liter cost in lira translates to about $3 to $4 a gallon, cash only--and learning to read the road signs.

Car rentals are available from several firms. Auto Europe has 282 locations throughout Italy, including all of the international airports there. Model sizes range from economy to full size as well as minibuses that seat up to nine people. Weekly rates range from $269 for a two-door Fiat Punto economy car with no air conditioning to $4,404 for a Mercedes-Benz SLK convertible.

All rates include unlimited mileage, collision damage waiver, theft protection, value-added tax, personal accident insurance, third-party liability insurance and fire protection. Not included are any surcharges for cars picked up at an airport.
Auto Europe
Phone: (800) 223-5555
Fax: (800) 235-6321
Web: www.autoeurope.com

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