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Driving Germany to Italy

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Greetings all. I'm going back to Spannocchia in Tuscany in June, driving from home near Landstuhl, in Germany. I'll be renting a car in Germany (mine being 12 yrs 200km+) for the trip. I considered flying to Pisa or Rome but would still have to rent a car in Italy. Although driving thru the Alps is not way up on my list, I thought what the heck; I'll be alone, it'll be scary, sounds like a plan. I'd like some info on two things:

Car: For quick maneuvers and steep roads, what's the best size engine in rental car (just that, no horror stories, pls - previous posts alarmed me enough). And I don't want to feel like I'll never get there b/c the car is so slow. Since it will be just me, I don't need much luggage space, but tiny cars scare the pants off me, so I'd need some place to put them. Price is obviously important, but isn't a deal-breaker. Any thoughts on best vendor for car rental?

Route: They should be open in June, right? I'd rather not spend a lot of time getting stickers for different countries. I've found two (google) routes, one thru Switzerland, one thru Austria. Any idea which would have the less scary routes? I'm really not interested in the view; my eyes will be glued to the road. Google says about 11 hours, Landstuhl to Siena. Does that seem right? I'd prefer not to underestimate my time and end up who knows where in the dark. Is gas available everywhere? Restaurants? Toilettes?

I know I'm a big sissy. I truly appreciate any thoughts or advice.

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