With a million and one things to think of before you go away for some much deserved me-time, the last thing you want to do is have the stress of sorting out a hire car. That is why the Milan Airport Guide has put together a guide to make your life simpler when traveling to Milan Bergamo Airport. There are 8 Bergamo Airport Car Hire firms in total throughout the airport area but only 2 have offices inside the arrivals terminal itself: SIXT and AutoEuropa. The rest are Avis, Budget, Europcar, Hertz, Locauto and Maggiore which can be reached via a free shuttle bus. Although this service is relatively hassle-free, if you are laden down with kids and luggage, using one of the Bergamo Airport Car Rental Companies situated within the airport building makes more sense.
As all things German tend to be, SIXT is generally very efficient and their cars kept to a high standard. The fleet includes Smart Cars and Ford Focus through to the luxury vehicles, but these can only be rented by drivers over the age of 25 or 30 (depending on the vehicle). Autoeuropa´s selection stretches even further to include the off-road 4×4 variety of vehicle, great for scrambling up mountains on the way to a ski resort. Alternatively for an extra cost you can add a ski rack or snow chains to a family saloon or minivan. A great one for deals is Hertz, which has teamed up with the two main flight providers to Bergamo, Ryanair and Jet2, to provide discounts and special deals for these passengers.
There is even the option to rent for short periods from 3, 6 or 9 hours or use their Rent-It-Here/Leave-It-There option which means that the pickup and drop off destinations can be different. This is a great option if you just want to hire a car to get you from the airport to your accommodation and can work out cheaper than a taxi. Locauto Tirreno and Maggiore are the two local Bergamo Airport Car Rental firms within the group. They both offer long and short term rentals, a great selection of cars and larger vehicles and discounts and promotional offers for members. The three remaining firms, Budget, Avis and Europcar, all have something a little different to offer. Budget have recently added new automatic vehicles to their already large fleet and their top end and 4×4 automobiles are on offer with CD players, MP3 players, Bluetooth systems and even automatic acclimatization, a godsend on hot, clammy days. Europcar has snazzy little vehicles such as the Mini Coopers in their range, all the way through to removal vans for those planning on relocating. Optional extras include ski racks, snow chains, snow tyres and luggage racks, although these should be booked in advance. Last, but not least, is Avis who offer 24 hour assistance, extremely helpful when travelling in a foreign country, and a guarantee that you get the make and model that you book.
All the Bergamo Car Hire firms offer optional extras such as child safety seats and have well-maintained cars that are generally no more than 8 months old. When driving in Italy always remember that as well as your driving licence, always keep your car hire documentation with you in the car at all times as it can cause undue problem if stopped. For all the information on Bergamo Airport Car Rental in one helpful place or to get a quote, visit the Milan Airport Guide. Buone vacanze!
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Milan-style risotto, pizzoccheri Valtellinesi, and pumpkin tortelli to start; casoeula, Milan-style cutlets, frogs stewed in tomato to follow, and to send, a slice of sbrisolona cake or panettone.
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The Italian Academy of Cuisine
La Cucina: The Regional Cooking of Italy
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