Car Rental in Rome
Rome is one of the world’s most instantly recognizable cities home to iconic landmarks like the Colosseum and the Vatican City and many, many more things to see and do. With a densely populated center complemented by many fantastic destinations just a short drive away, your trip to Rome can be enhanced significantly with your own rental vehicle which will allow you to explore everything the region has to offer.
Where to rent a car in Rome
There are many options available to travelers looking to rent a car in Rome. There are two international airports serving the city – Fiumicino International Airport and Ciampino International Airport. Fiumicino International Airport is the main international airport which handles a wide range of flights from across the globe including direct flights from the UAE. Many leading international car rental companies are available at both international airports for travelers looking for a vehicle immediately after arriving.
Driving in Rome
Getting around central Rome by car can be a nightmare for a variety of reasons. The traffic is very heavy at almost all hours of the day, the ancient streets are narrow and difficult to navigate and road signs can be confusing so it will take some time to get used to. There are also certain zones within the city center which are off-limits to non-residents, and cameras are watching to catch and fine any transgressors. However, you can register your rental car with the police if you do need to drive within this zone. In general you should try to avoid the historic city center or you can end up stuck in traffic or lost if you don’t have a satnav.
Parking in Rome
Both street parking and parking lots are available aplenty in Rome, but the popularity of the city can still make it difficult to find spaces, especially during the peak travel season over the summer. You’ll also find plenty of hotels in Rome will provide parking facilities for guests. If you park on the street you will need to use the pay and display facilities which will cost around 5 AED per hour, while public car parks will be a little more expensive but you can pay for a full day’s worth of parking to make it cheaper. There are also numerous car parks located close to railway stations where you can park up before catching public transport into the city center - parking prices here are far cheaper compared to the car parks in the city center.
Where to go around Rome
You won’t need your car to explore the many wonderful landmarks around Ancient Rome as the area is traversable on foot, but there are many memorable day-trip destinations surrounding Rome which are best accessed by vehicle. The vibrant city of Naples and the infamous ruins of Pompeii are around 2 hours and 30 minutes drive south of Rome, or you can make the short drive out to Tivoli to see the stunning Villa d’Este complex. If you’d rather spend a day relaxing on the beach, the seaside getaway of Santa Marinella is only an hour’s drive from Rome.
* This information is correct as of December 2018