Hiring a car is a great idea if you plan to tour in and around the Italian lakes, although in the height of season traffic can be extremely heavy and take twice as long to get there.
Many of the windy roads and steep inclines are not always a leisurely drive and you have to keep your wits about you. It is better to pre-book your car hire via the internet as it can work out cheaper than waiting until you arrive.
The major car hire companies have offices in the main cities and airports. You must bring with you your own national driving licence or one that is internationally recognized.
Credit-card imprints are taken as a deposit and are normally the only form of payment acceptable. ‘Inclusive’ prices do not normally include personal accident insurance or insurance against damage to windscreens, tyres and wheels.