Car hire in Rome
The perfect hire car will soon be yoursWhether you fancy a sprightly compact for an urban jaunt, a dependable estate, a suave saloon or convertible, or a spacious people carrier, we have the perfect car for you.
Where would you like to meet us and begin your journey?
Popular car hire locations in Rome
- Rome Aurelia S Pietro
- Rome Balduina
- Rome Center Corner Via Veneto
- Rome Ciampino Airport
- Rome Circonvallazione Gianicolense
- Rome Corso Francia
- Rome Eur
- Rome Leonardo da Vinci Fiumicino Airport
- Rome Prenestina
- Rome Shopping Mall Porta di Roma
- Roma San Pietro
- Rome Termini Central Train Station
- Rome Via Tiburtina
- Rome Via Urbana
Plan your trip to Rome
Rome is easily accessible by car. Explore the city and its surroundings with Avis. From the gigantic Coliseum, echoing with the sounds of long ago gladiatorial tournaments to the Pantheon, dedicated as a temple to all the gods during the reign of the ancient empire, fast forward in time to stand transfixed under the ornate ceiling of Vatican City’s Sistine Chapel.
Drive a little further out to Ancient Rome’s greatest thoroughfare, the Appian Way, where Spartacus and 6,000 of his followers were crucified. Cruise across to the nearby Park of the Aqueducts and spend time underneath the gargantuan Aqua Claudia that cuts through the park, as it reaches the end of its 45 mile run (along which 184,000 cubic metres of water once poured into Rome each day).
If you like sports, Rome offers two of the biggest teams in world football - Serie A mainstays Roma and Lazio. Both teams are based at the Stadio Olympico, which holds up to 73,000 spectators. It also hosts rugby, athletics, concerts and other events.
Road trips from RomeCentrally placed for exploring the rest of the country, leave the thriving metropolis of Rome and drive through the scenic Italian countryside that surrounds the city.
Drive for 2.5 hours to the historic city centre of Naples. It is the largest city centre in Europe - covering 4200 acres. Naples is internationally famous for its cuisine and wine, and is traditionally known as the home of pizza. If that isn't enough food for thought - local arts and culture are influenced by multiple eras, from Medieval to Renaissance periods.
Drive for less than an hour from Rome to arrive in Tivoli, an ancient Italian town around 30km away. The history and architecture are rich and varied. The Sanctuary of Hercules the Winner was initially built in the 2nd century BC - and notable ruins remain. Make sure you also visit the Roman Temple of the Tosse - close by to the Temple of Hercules. This impressive circular structure dates back to 4th century BC.
Further afield, motor down from Rome to Pompeii, the city buried in 79AD. Allow a half-day to wander the ghostly Roman streets. Continue to the immeasurably attractive Amalfi Coast but be ready for some swerves: 1,000 hairpin bends have been counted along this stretch.
Driving rules in ItalyWhich side of the road?
In Italy, please drive on the right side of the road.
Country driving laws
- Mobile phones may only be used with a hands-free device
- Dipped headlights must be used in poor daylight visibility when driving on motorways, dual carriageways, and rural roads
- Use the outside lane to overtake on motorways and dual carriageways
- Do not use the horn in a built up area unless in danger
- There are historical areas in which you cannot drive. Look out for “Zona traffico limitato”
All speed signs will be in km/h.
For a standard Avis rental vehicle with no trailers:
- Urban roads: 50 km/h (31 mph)
- Urban highways: 70 km/h (44 mph)
- Secondary extra-urban roads: 90 km/h (56 mph)
- Main extra-urban roads (Expressways): 110 km/h (68 mph)
- Motorways: 130 km/h (80mph)
Be aware of changes to speed limits displayed on road signs due to adverse weather conditions.
Child safety / Seatbelt laws
- It is compulsory for the driver and all passengers to wear a seatbelt
- Children aged under 12 and less than 150cm tall must be seated in an appropriate child restraint for their size
- Children weighing up to 9kg must be seated in a rear-facing child restraint, in the back of the car only
Please note - It is the child’s parent / guardian or vehicle renter’s responsibility to fit the child seat.
This road rules information is for provided for general guidance only. We endeavour to keep the information up to date and accurate, but any reliance you place on this information is at your own risk.