By David Nankervis
Published: Monday, November 20, 2017
Updated: February 20, 2019 at 1:13 pm
Driving on the right-hand side of the road may be a challenge but it shouldn’t stop you from enjoying the freedom of a motoring holiday in Europe.
Picture the exhilaration of driving around a sweeping bend as a gorgeous vista of verdant countryside dotted with historic settlements perched on hilltops opens up before you.
Hiring a car for three weeks in Italy in July this year allowed my wife and I to get off the tourist track, head to the hills and enjoy places never seen on a travel brochure.
By avoiding cities and large towns, you reduce the stress of driving in a foreign land while exploring magnificent countryside and meeting friendly locals who aren’t jaded by the hustle and bustle of the traveller hordes.
Another bonus is accommodation and food is cheaper in the country than the cities.
Collecting your hire car at a location outside the centre of a large city can make your departure easier.
We picked up our VW Polo station wagon at a site that was a relatively cheap taxi ride away from our accommodation and close to Rome’s ring road.
We also opted to use the main freeways – or autostradas – between our major destinations to save time.