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Driving Florence to Cinque Terre

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Driving Florence to Cinque Terre

We'll be spending 2 nights in Florence before driving to Cinque Terre for 2 nights. We want to stop in Pisa on our way and Lucca when we leave on our way to Siena for 3 nights. Does this makes sense? We'd rather drive than deal with the trains and schedules but are a little worried about driving into Cinque Terre. We 're staying in Monterosso Sul Mare and our hotel has parking. Does anyone know what driving just into and out of CT is like? Also, where is the best place to pick up the car in Florence? Should we go to the airport and get it or is there a good place in the city to pick it up and then head right to Cinque Terre? Please help. Thanks.

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1. Re: Driving Florence to Cinque Terre

Car rental Florence airport www.auto-europe.com

Check the Route planner www.viamichelin.com

You will require an International driving permit for Italy, contact the AAA.

Be aware of traffic restrictions and ZTL areas, and avoid driving in Florence roninrome.com/transportation/driving-italy

www.discovertuscany.com www.lucca.ca www.aboutpisa.info


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2. Re: Driving Florence to Cinque Terre

I would also be a little worried about driving int the CT. The roads are steep and narrow, and from what we saw, not well maintained. However Monterosso is the only car friendly village, so you've picked well there. And if you're hotel has parking available it all becomes a bit easier. Once you're there, forget the car and use the trains and ferries to see the other villages (or hike).

I'd collect the car from the airport; makes it easier to avoid the ZTLs in Florence. Just be aware that many other towns, including Pisa and Sienna, also have ZTLs.

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3. Re: Driving Florence to Cinque Terre

I have driven these routes many times and have had no problems with the route to Monterosso. For the most part the route will be on the Autostrada. Follow the directions as was suggested on Via Michelin.

Since you are not familiar with Florence and the ZTL zones then picking up your car at the airport makes sense,

You can easily reach Pisa on the way to Monterosso and again most of the journey will be with the Autostrada highway. You can go close to the tower and park in the pay parking lots within walking distance of the tower without entering the ZTL. However, be sure to pay attention to the ViaMichelin map and stay away from the ZTL.

Lucca has parking outside the city wall in pay lots and walkable to the center so no problem with driving into the center and entering a ZTL. Lucca is right off the Autostrada.

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4. Re: Driving Florence to Cinque Terre

Thanks so much everybody. That was really helpful and made me less apprehensive. We'll pick up the car at the airport.

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