Flights & Car Hire
Flights to Italy from the UK and Ireland
At Traditional Tuscany we don't arrange flights. This makes it easier for you to travel from the airport of your choice in the UK or Ireland and at times to suit you. We are always on hand to advise you which airports in Italy are the most conveniently located for the accommodation you are travelling to and, for your convenience, we have compiled a list of airlines flying to areas in which we offer accommodation. Click here for Flights to Italy
Many of our properties are in locations that make a car essential and as most of our clients fly to Italy we are often asked about car hire. Making searching for car hire convenient and easy, CarRentals.co.uk will provide you with comparison car hire quotes from all the major car rental companies with cars from all airports and major towns in Italy. All you need to do is click thought to the Car Rentals Comparison Website, input your dates and where you want to pick up your car from and wait for the results to show. From there you can compare offers and terms and choose the car hire that best suits your budget and car rental needs.
CAR HIRE HANDY HINTS
1. Don't be fooled into thinking that CDW's (collision damage waivers) cover you in the even of theft or accident because you'd normally still be expected to pay out £100 TO £2,000 in excess insurance by your car hire company if your car hire is damaged or stolen, even if it is not your fault. Buying separate insurance for car hire will cover your excess and is generally cheaper than taking out the excess waiver insurance that is offered by car hire firms. Just doing a 'google' search for 'insurance for car hire' will bring up a list of companies that will cover the excess on your car rental. It's your job to find the one that's right for you and decide whether you want an annual or single trip policy but we have found some that seem to offer good cover for single trips from just £1.90 per day.
NB. What you want is an insurance policy that will cover ANY Excess charged for damage to the rental vehicle, including undercarriage, windows, tyres, keys and theft of vehicle.
2. When collecting your car, and before you leave the car hire allotment, check for any signs of damage and check this against the document that has been given to you which should be an accurate reflection of the cars condition. If you find something that is not detailed on your rental agreement, go back to the desk and ask them to update the document to reflect any additional damage found.
3. When returning your car ask the rental desk to give you the 'Nota Chiuso'. This is the closure notice for the contract to say that you have returned the car undamaged and full of petrol. Having your contract closed should help reduce the chances of any nasty surprises appearing on your credit card.
4. If you are involved in an accident do remember to fill out an accident form (usually they will be in your car or with your rental agreement) and return them within the deadline stated.
5. Do hold onto your car rental documents and related receipts for a minimum of 28 days after returning home.
DRIVING IN ITALY - NOTES
- A full driving licence is required and the minimum driving age is 18 years.
- You must have your licence with you at all times while driving.
- Use of hand-held mobile phones (without ear phone) is also prohibited while in motion!
- UK Drivers holding a photocard British driving licence must also present paper endorsement sheet that was issued with the licence.
- Seat belts must be worn at all times.
- Except for infants in front infant seats, children under ten must not travel in front seats.
- A red warning triangle should be carried in case of breakdown (this equipment is included in your rental car).
- Carry personal identification such as your passport with you.
- You must also carry with you proof of insurance for the car.
- If you plan to drive your own car it is advisable to have a ‘green card’ from your insurance company
- NEW ROAD LAW ITALY: It is obligatory to have dipped headlights on even in daytime on all extra-urban roads (i.e. outside urban / built up areas) The law adds, "on urban roads it is optional".
The information provided here is for guidance purposes only and we hope it will give you a few pointers to get you started. However, Traditional Tuscany do NOT arrange car hire or flights and when booking flights and/or car hire it is your responsibility to make your own checks into current legislation and to satisfy yourself as to what is required.