I am comfortable driving in Manhattan traffic as well as through the countryside, so I am not worried about that. I have also driven in Paris, and I drive a manual transmission.
I have a few questions I hope to get help with:
1. Are some car rental companies more reputable than others? I have heard that it is safer to go with an American car rental company rather than a European one. Is there any truth to this?
2. Is there a good place (I assume just outside of) Venice to rent a vehicle?
3. Is the only place in Milan to return at the airport? I will be spending 2 nights there and am trying to decide if it will be better to drop my family off, return the car (hopefully in the city but if not at the airport), and then just take public transport to the airport 2 days later, or to keep the car and drive it to the airport and return it the morning of our flight. I'd rather not do this if I don't have to. Ideally there will be a return facility in the city rather than all the way out at the airport. But I presume not?
Thanks so much for any help/advice you can give.