Dear fearless travelers -
Your advice always saves the day. My husband and I will be in Volterra in September. We will have a rental car, and we like driving back roads/scenic roads if possible. We will need to get down to Rome over 1-2 days. Seems like a drive on the highways would be approximately 3 hours and a regional train would be just as long.
Can you help guide us to best maximize the sights but minimize the hassle of navigating Rome?
Option 2: forget scenery, drive the highways quickly down to Rome, and maximize our time there.
Option 3: forget about driving to Rome altogether, drop the car off in Siena or Cecina, and take the train down to Rome.
Also - has anyone dropped off their rental cars at any of Rome's airports instead of the city center? Was this a practical and easy alternative?
I guess the big question is whether we are missing something beautiful if we skip or shorten the drive. We will spend about a week on the Amalfi Coast later, so I will imagine we will get our "coastal fix" eventually.
Many thanks for your thoughts,