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Renting a car in Tuscany

  • To make the most of Tuscany we highly recommend having a car. It will allow you to explore the beautiful little hilltop towns, accessible only via tiny roads with breathtaking views, and offers you the freedom to explore the region's scenic countryside at your own pace.

    There are plenty of options to hire a car directly from the airport, so you are sure to find the right option to suit your needs.

  • Tips for car rental in Tuscany

    Below we have put together some general information to consider when hiring a car. 

    It is important to ensure insurance coverage is provided to protect against unexpected incidents. 

    In Italy, the minimum driving age is 18, but you must have held your driving licence for at least a year to rent a car. 

    Drivers under 25 may incur a young driver's surcharge, and many insurance companies set a maximum age limit around 70. 

    When driving in Italy, remember to drive on the right-hand side of the road.

    The maximum limit for alcohol in a driver's blood is 0.5%.

    To secure the best vehicle, especially during peak season, it's advisable to organise your hire car in advance.

    Fuel policy

    We recommend opting for a ‘full to full’ fuel policy. Most rental services offer this. Avoid full to empty or pre-paid fuel policies, or you’ll be paying expensive rates for your tank of fuel and will be unlikely to get a refund for any unused fuel. Just make sure you return the car with a full tank (normally there is a petrol station not far from the airport) or you’ll have to pay for missing fuel, plus an administration charge.

    Child seats 

    If you need to rent a car seat, it can be an expensive option costing upwards of 10 EUR per day, per seat. Many airlines allow you to bring your own at no cost but do check with the airline. If you decide to bring your own, it may be worth investing in a car seat carry bag to help protect your car seat in transit. Not only can you save on the cost of renting a car seat, but you can be confident that your child will travel in the comfort and safety of the seat they use at home.

    Return the car clean 

    You’re not expected to return the car freshly valeted, however, if it gets excessively dirty (inside or outside), you should get it cleaned to avoid a cleaning fee which will likely be far more than the cost of a car wash.

    Excess Insurance 

    Check the excess insurance (deposit) and make sure you know how much you’re paying. It can vary from car to car and from supplier to supplier. Expect to pay a refundable deposit between 800-1200 EUR. There are four options available with regards to paying excess.
    - Reduce excess to zero when you use the rental agent's own policy (around 20 EUR per day which can be added at pick up).

    - Protect your excess with a standalone policy

    - Use a chosen broker (around 5-10 EUR per day)

    - Protect your excess with an annual excess policy for a fraction of the cost. Check out for more information.

    Credit card 

    Most rental agents require a credit card for security at pick-up. However, some agents will accept a debit card if you take their optional insurance. Check the terms and conditions regarding the payment method before you book the car.

    Supplier location 

    Check if the chosen supplier is on or off the airport site. Off-site suppliers (which are not located within the airport complex) tend to be cheaper but require a transfer/shuttle bus to the depot. On-site suppliers are often much more convenient, though also a little more expensive.


    When driving in Tuscany it is important to have a good GPS, with internet not always being reliable when driving around the region. Therefore, it is often useful to ensure that your hire car has one. 

    If using Google maps, then turn on satellite view to make sure that the roads Google is leading you down are roads, and you aren't venturing off the beaten track. Also, make sure you have a backup if your maps stop working or begins to lead you down the wrong path.

    Directions to your villa are provided to all To Tuscany clients. However, you may still wish to use GPS. Be aware that navigation devices always calculate the shortest route, but in Tuscany, this may lead you through small unpaved country roads which may require a 4x4. In this case, it’s best to use the directions provided by To Tuscany.

    Supplier ratings 

    Check the supplier ratings for your chosen rental car supplier to see how our previous customers rate them. Ratings are based on features such as value for money, queue times, car quality and rental desk staff among others. The lowest price does not always reflect the best value.

    Driver's license 

    You will need a valid driver's license. Make sure you bring this with you as you will need to present it for pick up. If you have a non-EU country license, you will need to obtain an international driver's license before arriving in Italy.

    Remember, a photo ID document is required for car hire in Italy, if you possess a paper driving license you will need an International Driving Permit (IDP).

  • Our car hire partner


    Whilst we do not offer car hire, we recommend for our guests who wish to hire a car to use Rhino Car Hire who offer reliable and affordable car rental services globally.

    Tel: +44 (0)345 508 9845
    Web: is a UK-based car rental broker offering great value car rentals all over the world with extensive coverage throughout Italy. Through them, you can compare rates from the leading international rental agents and Italy’s main local agents.

    Why we like them:
    1. Great value, compare prices from leading and local agents all in one place
    2. Option to ‘book now, pay later’ on many rentals, a small deposit may be asked to secure the car
    3. They have a very helpful ‘Live Chat’ facility to support you through the entire process
    4. Free cancellation right up to 48 hours before pick-up
    5. Fuel policy and agent location (on/off airport) displayed
    6. A dedicated account manager for To Tuscany clients should pre- or post-rental support be required

    Things to be aware of:
    1. Like all brokers, Rhino operates an ‘or similar’ policy meaning you may not receive the exact make and model booked, however, a car of equal or higher specification will be provided
    2. They use a range of rental suppliers, and check customer ratings to compare supplier ratings
    3. Checking the cost of optional extras between suppliers, can impact the overall price (GPS, car seats etc)
    4. Check excess deposit as it can vary greatly between cars and suppliers.

    To Tuscany may earn advertising fees by linking to Rhino Car Hire via its affiliate advertising programs.

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