Rome Car Rental
Rome does have an extensive public transportation network that includes busses, trams, railways, taxis, trolleys, and a rapid transit system (Rome Metro). Visitors can access these transportation methods when moving in and around Rome, or they may choose the privacy and convenience of renting a car in Rome.
People come to Rome for a variety of reasons- art students come to take advantage of the many fabulous galleries and museums, families come to visit their roots, vacationers come to soak in the ambience of the Eternal City, and gastronomes come to taste the food and perhaps take cooking classes. Regardless of your reasons for visiting Rome, you will need to select a means of reaching the attractions and activities of the city.
From the moment one arrives at Leonardo da Vinci Airport (more commonly called Fiumicino for the district in which it is located), or any of Rome’s smaller civil airports, one has a plethora of opportunities for transport. Bus and metro schedules are posted and you can wait in line to purchase your tickets and try to determine the best mode of attaining your hotel destination. However, if you are someone who prefers the independence and freedom of movement afforded by driving your own vehicle, then you will want to check into renting a car.
There are quite a few options when you choose to rent a car in Rome, with several major car hire agencies providing vehicles for rent at or near the airports. Car rentals can be booked in advance online for those who like to plan ahead, and private guides in Rome can also make these kinds of arrangements on your behalf. Europcar is one of the leading agencies renting cars to visitors in Rome, as is Sixt Rent-a-Car and Avis. Other car rental agencies in Rome include Auto Europe and Elite Rentals, Easy Terra Car Rentals and Landimension Travels. In addition to renting cars, most of these agencies also provide scooter rentals.
Rome is served by an extensive network of motorways, yet is notorious for its heavy traffic congestion. This is due in part to the fact that Rome has the highest number of vehicles per capita of any city in Italy. The A90 is the major roadway in Rome, also called the Great Ringroad (Grande Raccordo Anulare), which runs in a circle around the entire city. The city has established several ZTLs (Zona a Traffico Limitato) which are motor traffic limited zones. The business district has banned motorized vehicles during the workday, and nightclub areas such as Trastavere and S. Lorenzo have banned cars in the evenings. Car rental in Rome provides convenient transportation as long as one is prepared for heavy traffic and aware of the ZTLs.
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