Many people consider Italy to be an excellent touring location, and there are plenty or car hire companies on hand to provide vehicles including Budget, Hertz, Avis and Europacar. Almost every visitor who decides to use their hire car to explore Italy tend to use either Rome or Florence as their base, only a very few decide to concentrate upon Southern Italy, due to the fact the major cities in Italy are in the Northern part. This is a shame, as the south has much to offer, although somewhat more laid back in vibe. By beginning your vacation by flying in to Lamezia Terme airport, you will be well located to make the short drive to area of Calabria on the east coast, rich in Byzantine history, with a unique heritage all of its own.
The main town in the area is Cosenza, a mixture of old and new, melded together to form a town with a rich culture and plenty of art galleries, boutiques and pavement cafes to help you whittle away those relaxing hours. For something even more laid back, a trip to the lazy town of Tropea, with its meandering side streets, bijou antique shops and excellent souvenir shops, would be the premier choice. Wherever you wish to visit in the South of Italy, you will find everything so much more accessible from the comfort of your own privately hired car, no more waiting for buses or confusion over travel arrangements, just pure and simple driving in the stunning Italian countryside.