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Honeymoon travel advice

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Honeymoon travel advice

My Fiancé and I are looking at taking our honeymoon in Central & Northern Italy for two weeks in October. So far we have a rough idea of where we want to travel.

We aim to spend 2/3 Days in Rome, Travel into Tuscany 6/7 base ourselves in or around Florence and travel out to Siena, Chianti, Lucca, Pisa and Cinque Terre also a bike tour into the tuscan hills/vineyards. We will then would like to travel into Bologna and onto Venice before flying back home (UK).

Im after a bit of advise from anyone that may have travelled in this area before, If we base ourselves in Florence is car hire a bit of a pain? We want to be able to enjoy the charm of Florence without being bogged down with car hire. Is it possible to stay close enough to the city and discover it by foot/bus? Leaving car hire for the rest of the trip?

How good is the bus/train networks? Do they run fairly late into the evening or will we have to rely on taxis for this?

I would be so thankful for any advice any other travellers could give me.

Thank you in advance.

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1. Re: Honeymoon travel advice

You cannot have a car in central Florence. Like most urban settlements it operates a limited traffic zone (ZTL) which means that only residents with the correct permit can drive there. The zone is policed by camera and heavy fines. You could stay somewhere like Fiesole, in the hills above Florence, which is outside the zone, but has good bus connections to the city which take 20 mins and run late into the evening.

The train network is good and runs reasonably late, but you are limited in the destinations you can visit because trains only run to flat destinations and so many of Tuscany's highlights are hilltowns. The bus service is generally limited and timed to suit the needs of commuters, not tourists.

Your best bet is to stay outside central Florence with a hire car. Do be warned that most of the other places you mention also operate ZTLs, but if you do your homework and plan your parking then they are easily dealt with. Florence is the exception.

Edited: 27 January 2014, 16:18
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2. Re: Honeymoon travel advice

Rome airport bus ww.sitbusshuttle.com

Trains Rome to Florence to Pisa to Lucca to Monterosso and Florence to Bologna to Venice www.trenitalia.com click on the UK flag for current train times, enter 08 as train departure time.

You can visit Pisa in the morning and continue later to Lucca, returning to Florence from Lucca all by Trenitalia train.

Buses from Florence and Sienna www.trainspa.it/train04/extraurbano.pdf

Car rental www.auto-europe.co.uk Florence airport or Sienna

Route planner www.viamichelin.com

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

www.tuscany-biketours.com

Venice airport bus www.atvo.it

Regional info www.italia.it/en/home.html

www.rome.info www.timeout.com/rome

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

www.incinqueterre.com

www.emiliaromagnaturismo.com

www.venice-tourism.com www.timeout.com/venice

Accommodation www.venere.com www.bed-and-breakfast-in-italy.com

Edited: 28 January 2014, 00:08
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3. Re: Honeymoon travel advice

Thank you everyone. After a detail look last night I think we are looking to stay in Montespertoli, That way we are in fairly close proximity to Florence, but also allows us to hire a car to get us out and about across the rest of Tuscany.

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