Scooter Rental in Italy: 5 Things You Should Know
Italy is a fantastic country to visit. From pizzas and Vespas to high-end luxury cars, Italy is famous for many things.
If you’re going on a trip to Italy, especially Rome, you’ll probably need a scooter to explore the city.
Scooter rental in Italy is pretty common among tourists. Also, it’s a cost-effective and exciting way to explore the city.
However, before going and renting your scooter, here are the 5 things you should pay attention to.. 🇮🇹
1. Have the Legal Documents
Renting scooters in Italy is pretty simple. If you’re above 18 years of age, have an international driver’s permit, and have a card, you’re eligible to rent a scooter.
Most of the rental places in Italy have the same set of requirements.
Having said that, depending on the type of scooter and its engine displacement, the age requirement to rent may increase to 21.
2. Choose Your Scooter Rental Company
Well, you’re happy to know you’re eligible to rent a scooter! That’s great!
Now, it’s time for you to choose a rental company.
There are several scooter rental companies around Italy. However, you should choose one depending on the city you’re going to explore.
Rental companies will have a wide range of rent duration options. Generally speaking, you can opt for 48 hours plan as you’ll need at least this much time to explore the city.
BikesBooking is an online booking site where you can choose your rental scooter. They have many scooter options and operate across various locations in Italy.
3. Wear a Helmet
You should have your protective gear on when riding your scooter.
A helmet for the rider and pillion is mandatory. You’ll be fined if you break this rule.
Usually, the rental companies will provide you with a safety helmet when you rent the scooter.
However, I personally recommend you ride with other safety gear such as riding jackets, gloves, pants, and boots. This will ensure better safety, especially when you ride for a long time on a motorway or other open roads.
Bonus tip: If you don’t wear spectacles, I recommend you wear sunglasses or other glasses to get a layer of protection from flies. Though the visor in your helmet will offer protection, sometimes flies or even wasps can enter the visor from any openings.
4. Park Your Scooter Correctly
It’s obvious that scooters are easy to park as they are small and easy to maneuver.
You can park your scooter in the parking spot designated for bikes. In many places, they won’t charge for parking. So, you don’t have to worry about it unless mentioned.
In some places, you may also park your bike on sidewalks. But, they shouldn’t annoy the pedestrians.
5. Stick to the Speed Limit
Just like most other places in the world, Italy has a speed limit that you should follow as a biker. Here are they.
- Inside built-up areas – Upto 50 km/h
- Outside built-up areas (minor roads) – Upto 90 km/h
- Major roads – Upto 110 km/h
- Motorways – Upto 130 km/h
In wet conditions, the speed limit is lowered to 90 km/h on major roads and 110 km/h on motorways.
Also, you should note that scooters or motorcycles below 150cc aren’t allowed in motorways and expressways.
Italy is one of the most beautiful countries in the world, and it’s just a fantastic experience to explore the country on a scooter.
Also, the convenience and fun that two-wheelers provide are unmatchable by other means of transport.
I hope this article covered things you should know about scooter rental in Italy.
Enjoy your visit to Italy — one of the best places in the world! 🇮🇹