If you really want to get to know this region then it’s well worth hiring a car. From the wild national park of Gargano in the northeast to its incredible coastal drive, as well as the historic villages of the hinterland, you will never run out of places to stop and stare. The road quality is good, but driving is fast and aggressive across the region. Motorway speed limits are 130km/h (80mph).
You need to be at least 21 years old to hire a car in Puglia/Apulia. Drivers under the age of 25 will have to pay a daily surcharge and this may well be extended by individual car hire firms to anyone under the age of 30, and also those over the age of 75. If you fall into this older bracket, it might be worth bringing a letter from your GP to prove you are competent to drive.
Italian driving culture has been immortalised on TV shows and movies and it really is as aggressive and animated as it appears. It’s quite common for the car behind you to drive much closer than you would be used to in the UK, and they often drive a lot faster than the speed limit. When driving on motorways, tourists should stay in the right-hand lane, which is the slower of the lanes. The major roads tend to be very good quality and the minor roads, while smaller and much slower to travel, are very attractive and can take you to surprisingly beautiful places. It’s well worth coming off the motorways for the experience of driving in rural Italy. Parking in cities is notoriously difficult so it’s often worth parking on the outskirts and taking local transport or a taxi into the centre to explore on foot.
Compact (Toyota Auris or similar) is the most frequently booked car hire type in Apulia.
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On average a car hire in Apulia costs $627 per week ($90 per day).
On average a car hire in Apulia costs $2,686 per month ($90 per day).