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    Car hire in Verona – Exploring Northern Italy

    Car hire in Verona

    Affectionately known as Little Rome (Piccolo Roma), Verona is an excellent city-break destination with centuries of fascinating history and an abundance of wonderful attractions to explore. Popular for its narrow cobblestone streets lined with beautiful baroque buildings, particularly around the UNESCO-protected Old Quarter (Centro Storico), the city is a major draw for tourists who flock in droves to soak up the romantic setting of Shakespeare's most famous play - Romeu and Juliet.

    Verona was founded in the 1st century BC and there are plenty of vestiges from this period, most notably the Arco dei Gavi (a first-century stone-arched gate that once spanned a Roman road) and the Arena di Verona, arguably the most impressive Roman amphitheatre outside of Rome itself. But it's the Casa di Giulietta that most visitors have come to see, a Gothic-style 1300s house with a famous stone balcony where the mythical Juliet was wooed by her love-struck Romeo.

    Verona is also a city of churches, many of them very old, including Sant'Anastasia (known for its fine Italian Gothic architecture), Santa Maria in Organo (home to the finest choir stall in Italy) and San Giorgio in Braida which features rare artwork by Tintoretto and Veronese. But it's the 12th-century Duomo di Santa Maria Matricolare (Cathedral) that tops the list, chiefly for its grand organ and vast array of rich decorative architectural detail.

    With a car hire in Verona you can see all the main sights and head out into the surrounding countryside to visit some of the best places in northern Italy. Venice is just over an hour's motorway drive due east of the city and Lake Garda is equally accessible in a westerly direction. Other popular day-trip options from the centre of Verona include Vicenza (a 50-kilometre drive to the north-east) and Padua (90 km due east), both very enchanting cities with lots of places of great tourist interest.

    Founded in 1954, Auto Europe is one of the world’s longest-established car rental brokers. We collaborate with all the top car hire companies, such as Alamo, Avis, Hertz, Alamo, Dollar, Enterprise, Europcar, Sixt, etc. You can book your low-cost car hire in Verona very quickly and easily in just a few clicks by using Auto Europe's state-of-the-art booking engine, or you can speak to our reservation specialists on +441233225114 who will help you with your reservation and find you the best deal.

    Please also take a look at our Verona car hire reviews page to find out what previous Auto Europe customers thought about their recent car hire experience in the city.

    For more information on renting a vehicle in Verona, click on the car hire related topics listed below:

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    Where to pick up a car hire in Verona

    For people who choose to rent a car in Verona, Auto Europe can offer a variety of good locations in and around the city cenrte, enabling you to pick up your vehicle quickly and be on your way in just a few minutes. Besides the many car hire companies operating at Verona Airport, there are several conveniently-located collection points in other parts of the city, such as Verona Train Station.

    Auto Europe's high-tech booking engine is designed to help you make the right choice when planning your next low-price car hire in Verona and other cities in northern Italy. Just key in your dates and an interactive map will appearing with all the available pick-up and drop-off points in the local area.

    Verona Airport

    As you'd expect from one of Europe's biggest and best-organised airports, picking up your car rental at Verona Airport is a quick and stress-free process as all the world's leading car hire suppliers are represented with their check-in desks and collection points located close to the Arrivals Hall with their pick-up points around the airport's P1 car park. Before collecting your vehicle, it's always best to make sure you have all your documents, car hire voucher, coverage details and passport ready when you arrive at the car hire desk to pick up your Auto Europe car hire in Verona.

    Verona Airport (VRN)
    Address: 37066 Caselle VR, Italy
    Telephone: +39 045 809 5666

    Verona Train Station

    With almost 80,000 passenger's passing through it every day, Verona Train Station is on many direct routes to towns and cities across Italy (including Rome) and beyond. First opened in the middle of the 19th century, it is very well located on the edge of the city centre, making it easy to reach for visitors looking to explore this part of northern Italy with a cheap car rental in Verona. Several major car rental suppliers operate in close proximity to Porta Nuova train station, with their offices and pick-up points in the streets surrounding the station building.

    Verona Train Station
    Address: Piazzale XXV Aprile, 37138 Verona, Italy

    Book with the best car hire suppliers in Verona

    Auto Europe is a leading international car hire company currently offering a vast selection of convenient pick-up and drop-off locations in 180 different destinations around the world. Thanks to our many years' experience collaborating with all the global and local car rental companies, we can offer you the best standard of service and cheapest prices on the market, with a large number of top suppliers operating both in the city and at Verona Airport.

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    Should you require additional information about the many prestigious car hire companies we work with or their operational policies such as their out-of-office pick-up/drop-off procedures or any questions regarding age restrictions etc, then our car rental specialists are just a phone call or e-mail away and are always very happy to assist you.

    Frequently asked questions about renting a car in Verona

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    This section features the most frequent questions asked by people booking a low-cost car rental in Verona. Scroll down for important tips relating to a wide range of essential car hire topics, such as credit cards, coverage, tolls, traffic and much more. If you need any more information, please call our reservations team on +44 123 3225 114 and they will be happy to help you with your booking and assist you with your travel itinerary.

    Do I need a credit card to rent a car in Verona?

    Yes. Credit cards and deposits are a prerequisite when booking a car hire in Verona. The reson for this is because the local supplier will freeze an amount on the credit card (which must be in the name of the main driver) as a security bond for the entire duration of the rental period, which is refunded shortly afterwards if the vehicle is dropped off undamaged. Please note that in the case of high-powered cars in the Luxury category, on account of the high value of such vehicles, two major credit cards Visa, Mastercard, Diners, American Express, etc.) in the name of the main driver must be provided at the time of collection. All the information you require relating to credit cards (and which ones are valid) is easily found on the Auto Europe by making a quick search in our state-of-the-art booking engine. Once you have made a search, just click on the blue and white info icon (i) where all the credit card-related details can be found. Please check out our special page relating to the use of credit cards for car hire for more useful tips about credit cards and deposits when booking a low-cost car hire in Verona and elsewhere in northern Italy.


    What insurance do I need for my car rental in Verona?

    All the car hire rates published on our website automatically cover you with the minimum legally-required amount of Collision Damage Waiver (CDW), theft protection, fire insurance and third-party liability. Nvertheless, it's worth taking into account the fact that CDW does not cover any damage to tyres, glass, exterior mirrors, undercarriage, interior, roof, engine, damage to the locks and loss of the vehicle's keys etc., so we strongly advise you to pay a few extra euros for our Full Protection cover which will cover you for any kind of mishap with your cheap car hire in Verona.

    Please note that if the worst happens and you need to make a claim, you must always pay the local car rental supplier first before asking for the money back from Auto Europe. At the time of making a claim, it's essential that you provide all the required documents in order to receive your refund as quickly as possible.

    It's quick and easy to access all the coverage-related information when making a search or confirming a booking in the Auto Europe search engine. All you need to do is click on the blue and white info icon (i) in the search results and access all the info concerning the amount of CDW deductible, theft insurance deductible and liability insurance, the price of which is subject to your chosen location, rental duration, car category and supplier. Please visit our special car hire coverage page to know about the key points to remember about car hire coverage in Verona and other parts of Italy. It's also worth reading our blog post on the subject which provides a general overview of the types of car hire coverage available.


    How is the traffic in Verona?

    Be aware of the restricted traffic zones if you plan to enter the centre with your cheap car rental in Verona. It's important to remember that the historic quarter is now a ZTL (Limited Traffic Zone) which covers most parts of the inner-city north of Piazza Bra within the arc of the River Adige. Visitors are allowed to drive into the city centre if their hotel is located within the ZTL, but you must let the hotel staff know that you will be arriving with a car so that they can register your license plate with the local police and tell you where to park. Please consult our Italy Driving Guide for general advice on getting around Verona and the rest of the country by car.


    Where can I park my car hire in Verona?

    Verona is a large, bustling city so finding a suitable place to park your car rental in Verona can sometimes take time and patience. Blue road markings denote pay-and-display parking where you can buy tickets at the meter or at the nearest tobacconist. One of the most convenient car parks in the centre of Verona is located at Piazza Cittadella, but arrive early because it tends to get busy, especially during the peak tourist season. Another popular choice is the one situated at Via M.Bentegodi 8/Piazza Bra, which is also in close proximity to many of the city's top attractions.


    Can I drive my car hire in the ZTL-zone in Verona?

    Verona's restricted area (ZTL Verona) covers the whole of the city's historic centre and its surroundings, most notably the Ponte Scaligero di Castelvecchio and Ponte Aleardi (incuding the Riva San Lorenzo), Via Ponte Aleardi, Via Pallone, Largo Divisione Pasubio, Via degli Alpini, Piazza Brà, Via Roma, Via Daniele Manin, Vicolo San Silvestro and Corso Castelvecchio. This means that the majority of the city centre is a restricted traffic area and closed to normal vehicles apart from residents, hotel guests and vehicles making deliveries during specific time periods. Access times currently for cars are from 10am-2.30pm, 4-6pm and 8-11pm Monday to Friday and 10am-2.30pm weekends and public holidays. Please advise your car hire supplier that you intend to enter Verona's ZTL during your trip and they will give you the necessary advice at the time of pick-up. For more information about ZTLs and the consequence of accidentally driving into one, please consult our Zona a Traffico Limitato (ZTL) blog post to find out what they are, why they exist and how to avoid paying a hefty fine during your trip.

    Verona Travel Guide

    Verona offers its many annual visitors a rich mix of history, culture and (last but not least) fine cuisine, with many of Italy's most famous restaurants located in and around the city's historic centre. Verona is also the perfect base from which to explore the lovely Veneto region of northern Italy, including Venice, one of the world's most iconic and sought-after tourist destinations. Why not share the driving with a friend or family member by taking advantage of one of our popular Free Additional Driver offers. Additionally, you can extend your trip with one of Auto Europe's one-way car hire offers by picking your vehicle up in one place and dropping it off in another.

    Best day trips with my car rental in Verona

    Well located in the heart of northern Italy, the city offers plenty of day-trip potential to visitors who choose to rent a car in Verona and explore the surrounding areas. Chief among the most popular options are Venice, one of the world's top tourist destinations, and the peaceful shores of Lake Garda, the nearest point of which lies just 30km (18 miles) west of Verona.


    The ancient city of Padua (one of the oldest places in the whole of Italy) makes for a very pleasant day's excursion from Verona. Located just over an hour's drive to the east, it is a very historic city with an abundance of old churches, some dating back to the 12th and 13th centuries. Founded in 1222, Padua University is where Galileo lectured and designed the world's first astronomical telescopic lens.


    A place that needs no introduction, Venice is up there with Paris on the list of Europe's must-visit city destinations. Most first-timers flock to St Mark's Square (famous for its basilica) before jumping into a gondola for that essential cruise up and down the Grand Canal. Other highlights include the iconic Rialto Bridge, Bridge of Sighs and the Peggy Guggenheim Collection.

    Lake Garda

    Peace and quiet is the order of the day at Lake Garda, Italy's largest and most family-friendly lake. Nestling among the foothills of the Alps, it's a short drive west of Verona and offers visitors a pleasant setting for a relaxing lunch after a busy few days' city sightseeing. Swimming, fine mountain views and wonderfully fresh fish dishes are key ingredients for day-trippers looking for a few hours' of tranquillity at one of Europe's most idyllic lake-side settings.


    Midway between Verona and Venice lies Vicenza, a charming city in the foothills of the Dolomite Mountains. UNESCO were so impressed with its sheer beauty that the whole city of Vicenza and the Palladian villas of the Veneto were classified as a World Heritage Site in 1994. Don't miss the Teatro Olimpico, a fine Renaissance adaption of ancient theatres, nor the Torre di Piazza, an elaborately-constructed defensive tower built in 1174.

    What to do in Verona

    There is much to see and do in Verona - in fact a whole day can easily be spent just wandering around the historic centre (a UNESCO-classified World Heritage Site) visiting the many old churches, museums and tourist attractions. Here are a few ideas to get you started on your Verona sightseeing itinerary;

    • Arena di Verona: Verona's magnificent Roman amphitheatre (the Arena di Verona) has remained mostly intact for nigh on two thousand years. Only the Colosseum and the arena in Capua are larger and more impressive. Once the scene of violent combat, today it hosts a series of upmarket events, including major concerts and Verona's world-famous summer opera programme.

    • Verona Cathedral: Dating back to the 12th century, Verona's strikingly-decorative Romanesque Duomo features a grand organ and several chapels adorned with ancient religious artwork. Look out for the fine reliefs of Jonah and the Whale on the 12th-century south porch and Titian's 16th-century Assumption in the first chapel on the left.

    • San Zeno Maggiore: One of the world's finest Romanesque churches, Verona's San Zeno Maggiore is notable for its two medieval bell-towers and imposing 12th-century portal. Representing the 'Wheel of Fortune', the church's delightful 13th-century rose window is a major attraction for visitors, as is the tomb of the martyred bishop St Zeno whose body rests in the crypt.

    • Castelvecchio (Old Castle): With its massive walls, towers, turrets and vast medieval courtyard, Verona's ancient castle was originally built for Cangrande II della Scala in 1354. Surrounded by atmospheric cobblestone streets lined with lovely old buildings and palaces, it houses an excellent museum (the Museo di Castelvecchio) with a vast collection of Veronese paintings and sculptures from the 15th-18th centuries. Other highlights include the 14th-century Via Trezza jewels, Cangrande's sword and some of the castle's original painted walls.

    • Casa di Giulietta: Legend has it that Juliet's famous words: 'O Romeo, Romeo, wherefore art thou Romeo?' were uttered from the balcony of this famous house in the heart of historic Verona. Whether or not it's true, this early 14th-century building located at Via Cappello 23 attracts incurable romantics from all over the world who flock there to soak up the atmosphere of one of Shakespeare's most popular pieces of work.

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