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Train or car to and from Tuscany?

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Train or car to and from Tuscany?

We are 4 adults who arrive in Rome for 4 days, then proceed to an agriturismo in Tuscany for a week, head to Florence for 5 days, then Venice for 4 days (our port of departure). We need a car for the week in Tuscany but should we train to Chiusi (closest station to our agriturismo) and train to Florence or should we drive from Rome to Tuscany and drive to Florence. Appreciate any comments and/or advice as to our itinerary and mode of transportation considering worthwhile sights to stop at enroute, driving hassles, difficulty of roads, signage, train prices, and ease. THANKS in advance!

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11. Re: Train or car to and from Tuscany?

One problem is that ZTL signs are not uniform from town to town. Often they are not in effect all day, nor every day of the week, but sometimes the hours appear in small print, so it's hard to read them while driving.

If you search for ZTL in an image search, you'll see some typical signs. Here's one from Arezzo, and you can see that the details might be difficult to comprehend. It's best to stay out unless you're sure you understand.


"Veicoli autorizzati" is one of the exceptions on this sign, and, as you may guess, it refers to "authorized vehicles". If your hotel is inside a ZTL, the hotel can get you an authorization to pass through the ZTL to unload, and then return to a parking place. In this case, you need to provide your license plate number to the hotel, and they should give you a clear indication of the route. The authorization doesn't permit you to drive on any other street than those indicated.

If you'll need the car in Tuscany, and if you won't be too tired to drive leaving the airport, I would rent the car there. The airport is near the GRA ring road, and it's a pretty easy trip in and out.

However, I wouldn't even dream of driving into Florence. If you visit smaller towns, you will usually see signs for parking lots along the access road. We usually park in one of these and walk into small towns.

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