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Florence museum and driving questions

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Hello, this is my first post on Fodor's Forum!


Short intro:

My husband-to-be and I are doing Cinque Terre - Southern Tuscany trip for our honeymoon this September. First we will go to Cinque Terre for 4 nights and then we will stay in an agriturismo in Crete Senesi for a week. After Cinque Terre we will go by train to Florence, rent a car there (as it will be a Sunday, Florence airport was basically the only place for car rental) and go south. The main things we want from our trip is to see the countryside, drive around, maybe rent bikes for a day, do some hiking.


My questions:

1. It is possible for us to have a few hours in Florence on 4 September (arriving 09:35). I read that we could book tickets to Academia or Uffizi to avoid lines, but 4 September is the first Sunday of the month and so the museums are free! I was wondering if any of you have been in Florence on the first Sunday of the month, are the lines huge? Would it be possible to get into Academia or would we basically waste the whole time in the lines?

2. How long does it take to get your car at the rental (in our case, Hertz)? I read that it might take "a long time", but I have no idea what it means. An hour, 2 hours?

3. Google maps say that it is an up to 2 hour drive from Florence airport to our agriturismo (very close to Buonconvento). Since I do not drive much, should I add an extra hour or two? Is the road easy and clear or is it easy to get lost? From the map, it does seem pretty straightforward...

Thanks in advance for the help!

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