I booked the car through a rental car reseller...in this case, www.economybookings.com. They don't have a good reputation because they are very strict on the rules when you book. And, you have to pay in advance and there are fees if you cancel.
But, if you follow the rules, and you don't need to cancel,...you can get a great deal!
In our case, it was €92 ($134 CAD, $100 USD) for two full weeks. Including insurance and unlimited mileage.
We went to the Alamo/Enterprise counter, and sure enough they had our reservation. The process was fast and efficient. They put a €1,000 hold on my credit card which they cancel when you bring the car back in the same condition that you rented it.
Only one minor scam involved.
At this time of year it is mandatory in Italy in this region to carry snow chains in your car. The rental car company rents them to you...at a cost of €5 per day up to a maximum of 8 days. But, that's not included in our fantastic rental deal, so we're stuck paying another €40 ($58 CAD, $44 USD) for that! Oh well...it's still a good deal.
Kevin, and our brand new Toyota Aygo.
This is the first time I've been in a car where I can wirelessly hook my phone into the car's computer screen. So when I receive an email, it's automatically displayed on the screen. Very cool!
And off we went. We decided to drive over to beautiful Lake Como near the Switzerland border. Didn't take many photos along the way because Ruth was using the maps.me program on the phone for guidance, and I was busy driving like the locals drive. Fast, and with no turn signals!
Good thing the car is Ferrari red, because I have to drive like I'm in a Ferrari.
I figure the locals don't use turn signals because it's every man for himself here in Italy. And using your turn signal would be like giving information to the enemy!
No highways for us...we're taking the back roads.
The main four lane highways in Italy are all toll roads, so we're going to avoid them as much as possible even if it takes longer to get somewhere. You see more that way anyhow.
The town of Como has a lot of cars! Too many cars for the number of parking spots. So when we arrived, we drove around looking for a spot. And of course cars and motorcycles are zipping around everywhere, and we don't know where we're going. Finally, we saw a sign for an underground parking right near the waterfront, and we zipped in to that. We figured it would be pricey, but it was convenient.
Beautiful Lake Como.
Some kind of water bird.
We watched this big boat being moved.
One of the reasons we wanted to see Lake Como was because my father had been here in his European trip back in 1954. So we wanted to once again find one of his photo spots and duplicate his photo from back then.
Now, there is a seaplane base in the spot he would have stood!
With that out of the way, we went for a 5 km walk up and down the side of the lake.
Ruth, and Lake Como.
Scenery along the way.
All of the large old homes on the lakeside have their own drive up boat storage area.
View from the luxury Hotel Villa Flori.
Only €209 ($303 CAD, $230 USD) per night.
This guy way up the hill has a nice view too!
People out enjoying the day.
There is a modern statue near the marina.
A shrine to Alessandro Volta, the inventor of the electric battery!
Volta lived his entire life in Como, Italy.
We went back to get the car at about 5:00pm. The bill was €7.20 ($10.50 CAD, $8.00 USD) for the three hours we were there. We figured it would be pricey.
It took an hour and a half to do the 65 km (40 mile) drive back to Bergamo. Lots of traffic at that hour!
And today we've got a long drive ahead of us. We're doing 350 kms (217 miles) to Rimini and we're going to try and do it without getting on the toll road. We'll see how it goes!
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