Rent a car in Rome with Europcar
With its ancient monuments, legendary art and inimitable food scene, Rome is one of the oldest and most beautiful cities in the world. Located in the middle of Italy, north of Naples and south of Bologna, there are few cities that can rival the living museum of Rome.
With Europcar car hire you can easily see all the city has to offer, as well as having the freedom to explore out-of-town locations.
The Europcar car rental experience in Rome
Europcar has 13 stations across Rome. Ciampino and Fiumicino Airport stations are the most convenient options if you are flying into the city - collect your car straight after you land. Our Europcar fleet includes city cars such as the Fiat 500 as well as larger models such as the Renault Megane Station Wagon.
Looking for something bigger? Van hire is available from several Europcar Rome stations, allowing you to transport larger loads.
To help you make the most of your time in Rome, you can pick up your car rental from one station and drop it off at a different one at the end of your trip. Plus, reserve your car or van hire for long or short term rental periods to suit you.
Driving in Rome
In Italy, the national speed limit is 130 km/h on motorways, 100 km/h on main roads, and 90 km/h on secondary roads. In urban areas, the speed limit is set between 50 and70 km/h, indicated by signs. Adjust your speed according to the terrain, where there are narrow or steep roads, tunnels and around populated areas, such as near schools.
In wet weather conditions, the speed limit is reduced to 90 km/h on roads outside built-up areas and 110 km/h on motorways.
In built-up areas, parking is permitted on the right-hand side of roads with two-way traffic. In a one-way street, parking is allowed on both sides of the street, but only if there is at least three metres space left in the road.
In Rome, blue road signs and markings indicate paid parking zones. White road markings mean parking time is limited but free. Yellow parking bays are reserved for special vehicles, police, disabled drivers etc. On Sundays and public holidays it is often free to park.
In the historic centre, there is a ZTL (Zona Traffico Limitato) enforced Monday to Saturday evening, with differing access hours. Only residents or card holders can enter this zone. Be aware that this area is monitored by cameras and you will be fined if you enter without a permit.
Most main roads across Italy are toll motorways and charges can be paid with cash or credit/debit card.
Be aware that not all petrol stations in Italy are open on Sundays and those that are open on Sundays are often closed on Mondays.
Discover Rome and its surroundings by car
Rome is rightly renowned for its art galleries, historical monuments, and gelaterias but there is much more to see in the areas surrounding the city too. Tivoli, 40 minutes away by car, is a town in the commune of Lazio to the northeast of Rome with beautiful gardens and Hadrian's Villa. Ostia Antica, the harbour of ancient Rome (also 40 minutes away), is a well-preserved archaeological site with magnificent frescoes and impressive mosaics.
Travel south and you can experience the stunning Amalfi Coast and the home of pizza, Naples (227 kilometres away). Or to the north, there is the Renaissance powerhouse of Florence (227 kilometres away).
If you fancy spending some time outdoors, Lake Bracciano is a great destination. This volcanic lake is one of the largest in Italy, and actually provides drinking water for Rome itself! The lake is a beautiful place to spend a day in the open air, and the Castle nearby is also well worth a visit. Lake Bracciano is 50 minutes by car from Rome.
Other things to see in Rome
Where to start? There is more history than you can possibly see in one visit – but the Colosseum, St Peter’s Basilica, and the Pantheon are most people’s top three for sightseeing. The city is a living testament to its history and developments throughout the years. Matching the prestigious culture of the city is an equally esteemed food reputation. Homely trattorias, Michelin-starred restaurants, terrace cafés...experience the gastronomic prowess of Rome.
If you fancy some shopping then the Via Condotti, one of the most fashionable streets in the world, is definitely the place to go.