We were in France 12 years ago and all of the rental cars were TINY--which was fine because it was just the two of us. The car brands were all completely unfamiliar to us (also not a big deal back then).
This year, dh is taking my small 7yo to Italy (up into the mountains East of Rome) and ds is still in a carseat (a Britax Regent). We're wondering what the carseat laws are and, regardless of the laws, what car you would suggest to fit a 7yo in the backseat--preferably with his carseat? We've done a ton of air travel in the last year and bringing his seat is a complete PITA, but we'd really rather. :/