You can never be sure of getting an automatic car. Italians don't drive them because of the cost of fuel, so rental companies have only a small stock for the benefit of foreign tourists. If a car is returned damaged or late, there may not be a replacement available.
Maybe go to a driving school and learn to drive a manual. Millions of people manage to do this.
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