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Taking a vacation to the beautiful city of Rome is a dream come true. Visiting the famous ancient Roman architecture in the iconic city will always make for an unforgettable holiday in Italy. But did you know that by renting a car you can enhance your trip to Rome by taking a day trip to the breathtaking Amalfi Coast? The home of some of Italy’s best beaches, vineyards, and local food.
In just over three hours you can be in the heart of Southern Italy, on a Rome to Amalfi Coast day trip. The only decision you need to make is whether you should take a Praiano or Positano day trip, or these other incredible Italian getaway options:
The Cliffside village of Positano is easily reachable from Rome by car in just over three hours, and arriving in the pretty village will be well worth the drive. Explore the town’s narrow streets that are lined with the brightly colored houses and buildings – a feature that makes the region so recognizable. From Positano you can take hiking trails to the other towns and beaches, or spend the day enjoying the local boutique shops and cafes and getting to grips with its medieval history.
Part of the famous Amalfi Coast line, Praiano is a relaxing village with a traditional culture just a 20 minute drive from Positano. The village has two thriving church squares, San Gennaro and San Luca, as well as bars and restaurants that are popular with young people of the town. Spend the day exploring the cute pebble beaches, particularly at Gavitella Beach, which has the longest days of sun slight on the Amalfi Coast.
A day at the beautiful village of Ravello in the Amalfi Coast is well worth the drive. Set in the cliffs of the Amalfi Coast 365 meters above sea level, the town is brimming with historic sites, including a 13th century villa and a medieval-style estate. Try to head to Ravello for the annual Ravello Festival, which takes place every summer.
Facing the Bay of Naples, Sorrento is a larger coastal town in the Amalfi Coast with a busy marina and some of the most spectacular views on the coast. Spend sun-filled days sipping iced coffee in the famous Piazza Tasso, which is lined with pretty little cafes. Like so many Amalfi towns, Sorrento’s main historic center is still reminiscent of its medieval past, with narrow alleyways and pretty churches, often the subject of many explorations through the area.
The small village of Atrani is located at the base of a river valley, and is the neighbor of the larger Amalfi – this trip is great because you get to see both towns in one day. Atrani is definitely the younger and smaller sibling to Amalfi, with its own identity and traditions, it’s the perfect place to get away from the crowds. Atrani does, however, also have two very defining features – the Collegiata di Santa Maria with its yellow and green dome and its striking bell tower. Discover this charming village and its traditions after just a few hours of driving from Rome.
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Posted by Carter | Under Transportation
Renting a car in Italy doesn’t have to be difficult, but sometimes things can go wrong. Accidents do happen and can be a lot more costly and difficult when you are in another country. Make sure you are safe and protected, and following the law, by knowing your insurance options.
Whether you choose to buy a comprehensive insurance or the theft and damage excess protection you need by law, it’s important to know your options before you leave to collect your rental.
Here are our Italy car rental tips to make sure your rental experience is as safe as it can be:
You have to purchase insurance
The first thing to know about car insurance in Italy is that it is mandatory. You cannot use your credit card as car insurance in Italy, and have to purchase a specific insurance in the country or before you leave with the rental company.
The law requires you to have a minimum of CDW (Collison Damage Waiver) and Theft Protection coverage. If you do not have these insurances you will not be covered to drive in Italy.
What is CDW?
If you have CDW, which is mandatory in Italy, the rental company waives the right to charge you a high deductible if you are involved in an accident. It also covers the cost of most of the car’s damages. The insurance typically costs between $10 and $30 per day, and in the event of an accident you will only have to pay an agreed excess, or deductible, to cover the costs. It’s also possible to choose a Zero Excess option on some insurances in Italy, which means you won’t need to pay anything.
Buy in advance
The best way to ensure that you are covered for Italy is to buy the insurance that comes with the car rental company. Make sure this is as “inclusive” as possible, and that it includes third party liability insurance, CDW, Value Added Tax, Unlimited Mileage, and Theft Protection. Most comprehensive rates will come with everything you need for Italy, including Fire Insurance, which gives you unlimited coverage for the whole vehicle.
There are a number of additional types of insurance you can also add-on onto your package to ensure you and your belongings stay safe while in Italy. These are optional, but can give you further peace of mind when driving in the European country.
Personal Effects Protection can be added on locally, and effectively protects any items left inside your car. Personal Accident Coverage can also be bought in Italy, and usually costs around $8 per day.
Check your excesses
Make sure you check any excess or deductibles on your insurance. These mean that in the event of an accident, or the need to use your insurance, you will have to pay a non-refundable amount towards the damages. In some cases, there is no deductible or excess to pay or you may be entitled to a refundable excess, which means the money will be held but returned to you. This is known as a “Zero Excess Rate” and is often available on fully comprehensive insurances.
Add travel insurance
It’s also a good idea to take out a separate travel insurance plan if you are planning to drive abroad. Travel insurance plans usually cover things like medical expenses and trip cancellations and can be an extra helping hand or peace of mind when it comes to renting a car in Italy.
Renting a van is not only practical but it’s also fun! You can easily fit all of your luggage into a van, seat plenty of passengers, and even have room leftover. Vans are perfect for long-term travel or for groups looking to stick together on the journey.
There are so many options when it comes to cheap passenger van rental, which is why we have pulled together the top two passenger vans and compared them for you. Choosing the right van for your journey is a matter of knowing what you want. How many passengers does it need to seat? How conscious are you about fuel economy? And how attractive do you want it to look?
Keep reading to learn more about Mercedes Vito vs VW Transporter and which one is right for you:
The Mercedes-Benz Vito offers that usual finesse that Mercedes-Benz is known for, as well as all of the practical elements you could want from a van. With 7.3 square meters of cargo space when it isn’t a passenger van, the Mercedes-Benz Vito offers the perfect combination of a luxury vehicle and an effective mode of transport.
How does it drive?
The Mercedes-Benz Vito has two driving variants, front-wheel and rear-wheel drive. This means you can adjust your driving mode to the type of driving you will be doing on your trip. It is both dependable and powerful, with a six-speed manual transmission and an electromechanical power steering system.
How safe is it?
If you are carrying a number of other passengers you want to know that the vehicle is going to be safe. The Mercedes-Benz Vito meets that requirement with features such as Attention Assist, Crosswind Assist and the Electronic Stability Program.
How efficient is it?
Going on a long journey can cost a lot in gas, so it’s important to many renters to know how fuel efficient their vehicle will be. The Vito uses fuel efficient engines and BlueEfficiency technology to improve its emissions, saving up to 30% fuel. This also varies between the driving mode you use, so you can always keep emissions to a minimum when driving the Vito and keep your costs down.
Number of passengers: Up to seven
The safe and practical VW Transporter is extremely efficient, spacious and flexible. It can be used as a van or as a minivan to transport passengers.
How does it drive?
Despite its size, the Transporter has the power and movement of a car. Its fast-turning mechanisms and precision has been compared with an SUV rather than a van, so your journey will be anything but slow. The Transporter also has good suspension, so no matter what the terrain is you and your passengers can always enjoy a smooth ride.
How safe is it?
The VW Transporter has been designed with safety in mind. The van has anti-lock braking system, Electronic Brakeforce Distribution and Electronic Stabilisation Programme, among many other safety mechanisms to ensure you and your passengers are always kept out of harm’s way.
How efficient is it?
The Transporter’s refined and efficient turbo-diesel engine, and its 4Motion all-wheel-drive give the vehicle not only more control and power, but also make it highly efficient. The Transporter also uses the most frugal engine available, the new high-output EA288 2.0.
Number of passengers: Up to eight
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Whichever cheap passenger van rental you choose, Kemwel is guaranteed to give you the best rate. Kemwel offers some of the best travel deals on everything from cheap car rentals to cozy hotels and more. Simply browse our rates online or give our friendly travel experts a call, toll-free at 1-877-820-0668.