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Florence to Tuscany/Rent a Car?

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Florence to Tuscany/Rent a Car?

Will be in Florence in April and then plan to rent a car in Florence to drive into Tuscany (Sienna area) where we'll stay for four nights. From there we are on to Rome. Is it best to drive back to Florence to return the car and take train to Rome, or is there a train depot closer to Sienna where we can leave the car and go on to Rome?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Grazie!

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1. Re: Florence to Tuscany/Rent a Car?

coto2, Siena has a train station but the car agencies are not located there. It would be about a 5 euro taxi ride from the car agencies to the train station in Siena.

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2. Re: Florence to Tuscany/Rent a Car?

Travelsitaly,

Thanks very much for the prompt response. This sounds like a better way to go than to drive back to Florence to turn in the car and take the train to Rome

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3. Re: Florence to Tuscany/Rent a Car?

We booked a car through AAA in California for our trip to Italy. But we used Europcar (?) for a week in the south of France in April 2004. ($145. online special).

We picked up our AAA-reserved VW Passat across the Italian border and drove 5,000 km in almost six weeks, leaving the car in the hotel parking lots while in the cities.

In 1999 we drove from Milan to Lake Como, down to Santa Margherita/Portofino, then back up to Verona to Venice, as we didn't want to be in Venice on the weekend. We then drove down to Florence from Venice and left our car in the protected courtyard of the Mona Lisa Hotel. Our friendly hotel bartender walked me out the direction I was to drive, and told me it was okay for hotel guests to enter "Do Not Enter" streets to get out of town.

I recommend getting full, no-deductible, insurance coverage before you leave for Italy. We had a 17-year old motorcylists hit us in a new 2-lane round-a-bout outside of the town of Nicastro. We were starting our second trip around, and he thought we would be taking the last exit. Lesson: Never assume anything.

We would never think of not driving in Italy, unless we want to go 200+ miles without stopping and seeing anything. The owner of the Grand Hotel Excelisor Victoria in Sorrento recommended that we fly into London first, then hop a flight directly to Naples. He said he'd send a car to pick us up!

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4. Re: Florence to Tuscany/Rent a Car?

Looking at the map, it looks a bit like an exercise in futility, since Siena is south of Florence, on the way to Rome. But in fact, if you drive to Arezzo and take a Eurostar from there, you save only fifteen minutes as opposed to taking a eurostar from Florence. In any case, see which option suits you best.

Enjoy!!