The car was a Fiat 500, great and economical, and perfect for the narrow roads of Calabria. Collecting the car was straightforward and the booking staff were polite and helpful.
Downside - The car was reasonably cheap to hire but only because I used the basic insurance. If I had taken out the full cover, to reduce the amount I would have been liable for should I have been unfortunate to have the car damaged or stolen, then the cost of the car hire would have more than doubled. I wasn't happy with this situation because I didn't pay the extra and it made driving a hire car abroad quite stressful. To me the insurance situation is a hidden extra.
Before I hire in future I would like to know exactly what the real cost of the hire will be, including proper insurance cover.