Should I rent a car in Italy?

My sister and I are heading to Italy for an extended vacation. Do we need to rent a car while we’re there? Or will public transportation be good enough?

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Answer provided by
Sarah Gray
Answered on Apr 29, 2022
Italy is a beautiful country—you and your sister are sure to have a wonderful time on your trip. Whether you should rent a car in Italy depends on where you plan to go.
You should rent a car in Italy to see these locations, as well as any rural parts of the country:
  • Tuscany
  • Puglia, Calabria, Basilicata
  • Sicily and Sardinia
  • The Dolomites
However, don’t waste money on a rental if you plan to spend your time in Rome, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Milan, or Naples.
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