We will be renting a car when we are there in August and we will be doing quite a bit of driving - starting in Rome driving to Malcesine at Lake Garda, then on to Stresa at Lake Maggiore and then to Milan where we will fly home. We plan to do some touring through the Dolomites and to Matterhorn or Valle d'Aosta. As I an seeing the gasoline prices rise quickly here in the States, I am reminded that they are still NOT as expensive as they were in Italy 10 years ago.
So my first (and forgive - long winded :) ) question is - What is the price of Gasoline?
I am also interested to find out if it is cheaper to rent a car here in the US through AAA with Avis or Hetz, etc. or if it would be less expensive to rent a car in Rome when we arrive. We are flying into Milan and taking the train to Rome so I would not want to pick my car up until the evening before we leave Rome for the Lakes.