Italian Airport Websites & Car Rental Companies

Authorized Car Hire Companies &
Official Websites for Major Airports in Italy 
Airport Connections by Bus, Taxi, Train, and Car. Airport Driving Directions, Parking, Rates. 

Listed first are Rome Fiumicino and Milan Malpensa, then the next busiest 20 airports alphabetically: Alghero, Bari, Bergamo, Bologna, Brescia, Brindisi, Cagliari, Catania, Florence, Lamezia Terme, Milan Linate, Naples, Olbia, Palermo, Pisa, Rome Ciampino, Trapani, Treviso, Turin, Verona, Venice.

Independent Car Rental Reviews for Italy.

Best & Worst Car Hire Companies in Italy 
Your Fellow Travelers Give Advice on the Best Italian Car Rental Deals

Driving in Italy is not difficult or dangerous for an experienced driver, but renting a car sure is! If you only search for comparison prices and just any cheap rental car deal, you can end up with a wreck of a car and bogus credit card charges. Some major travel websites don't identify which car rental companies they present to you.

Car Rental Tips for Italy - Pick It Up Right

Advice to Avoid Car Hire Problems

You are going to have a great trip to Italy. To make sure, here are some tips and tricks so you can avoid some of the most frequent traveler complaints about renting cars in Italy. If you just search for cheap car hire prices, you might get hit with expensive unfair credit card charges after the rental is over. The worst scams can be avoided by the savvy renter when the car is picked-up.

The Perfect Italian Saturday - A Castle and Lunch

Visiting the Parma Countryside in Fall 

You’ve been traveling all week admiring the spectacular attractions of Northern Italy. Visiting Verona, Ferrara, Bologna and Parma was fabulous - but wouldn't it be nice to take a break from the cities? Yet it would be a shame to loaf around when there are so many treasures to discover. Here’s a way to enhance your Italy itinerary and see some of Italy's charming small towns and landscapes: castle hopping.

Torrechiara Castle near Parma
Torrechiara Castle and grape vines near Parma on a sunny day in November.
The provinces of Parma and Piacenza have many castles, and they are well presented at this link: Castles of the Duchy of Parma & Piacenza.  We chose the castle of Torrechiara in Langhirano, about 10 miles south of Parma, as an interesting Saturday junket. Parma is on the plain of the Po bordered by beautiful rolling hills. Not far from the city, the countryside becomes very rural – after all they don’t get that fabulous Prosciutto di Parma and Parmigiano Reggiano from urban areas!

The plains and low hills in the middle of Italy are often foggy –

Lunigiana Cheese Aged for Two Thousand Years

The Local Food of An Ancient Roman City
The Plains of Luni Still Offer Cheese & 
Milk to the World 


The cities  of Luni, Lucca and Pisa on the Tabula Peutingeriana - 1265 A.D. 
Between the Ligurian city of Sarzana and the Tuscan border at Carrara, there is a wide grassy plain separating the Apuan Alps from the sea. Here you can choose what you see. Will you see fields of bright green grass stretching into the distance, with a sprinkling of exercising Ligurians? Or perhaps you will see a kilometer of stone houses, two gleaming marble temples, a Roman forum, a huge amphitheater, and tens of thousands of Romans going about their famously chaotic business. This plain was the city of Luni for over a thousand years, and renowned in the Roman empire for its timber, marble, wine, and cheese. Luckily, today you can sample the local cheese as well as visit the ruins of Luni (especially the amphitheater at 10:30 & 17:30) - Archeological Park & Museum Link.

Luni Moon, San Pietro Church Avenza (Carrara) 1187 AD
Luni Moon, San Pietro Church
Avenza (Carrara) 1187 AD
Ancient Cheese  The cheese of Luni was made in wheels that weighed 1,000 Roman pounds (that's 650 modern pounds) and shipped to other parts of the empire bearing the crescent moon symbol of Luni. For comparison, those big uncut rounds of Parmigiano* you covet in the gastronomia weigh a mere 85 pounds. There are few historical facts available about Luni's cheese, but the size of the wheels leads to the conclusion that it was made with cow's milk. The grazing area needed suggests that more of the Magra Valley than just Luni was involved, and given the long established connections between Lunigiana and Emilia, cheesy archaeologists have written that Luni's cheese was a forerunner of today's Grana and Parmigiano style cheeses.** Since there's evidence that the Ligurian tribes knew how to make cheese, the Romans may have capitalized on local skills when they conquered Luni in 177 B.C. They apparently knew a good thing, for in the first

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Ferry boat  service for the Cinque Terre and the Gulf of La Spezia ended November 2, 2014. 
We guess it will begin again Saturday, March 28, 2015.