Car rental in Italy

Apr 14th, 2013, 07:13 AM
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Car rental in Italy

I'm trying to tie up loose ends for our trip to Italy in 3 weeks! We will be flying into Rome on Sunday, May 5 and taking the train to Florence. On May 8th, we need to rent a car near Florence to drive around Tuscany and have it until May 10 when we return it near Rome. A car rental near a train station would be ideal, and the rental places do not need to be in Florence or Rome, just near enough for convenient transfers.

So my questions are, what cities are logical for car rental when picking up near Florence and dropping off near Rome? Does anyone recommend a particular rental company? Thank you in advance!
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Apr 14th, 2013, 07:36 AM
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Pick up at the Florence airport and drop off in Orvieto to take the train to Rome.
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Apr 14th, 2013, 07:49 AM
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What Michael said.
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Apr 14th, 2013, 08:19 AM
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Perfect! Thanks!
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Apr 14th, 2013, 10:16 AM
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I agree---make it before 1300 in Orvieto and not on Sunday.

This may help as well---note last paragraph


DRIVING IN ITALY & SOUTHERN EUROPE

Q. SHOULD WE DRIVE IN ITALY?
A. Of course you should if your driving skill & confidence would allow you to drive a rental car in Vermont, Colorado or California. But, be advised of these tips:
* Avoid driving in the major cities except for picking up or dropping cars
* Have good maps—study them in advance—and have a GOOD NAVIGATOR.
* Stay in the right lane except when passing and use your rear view mirrors

Q. WHAT CAR SHOULD I GET AND WHERE DO I GET IT?
A. It is best to rent your car before you leave for Europe. The best source we have found is www.autoeurope.com [800-223-5555] who is a broker for several car vendors. They will quote you prices to include the variables that are often omitted by others, such as unlimited mileage, mandatory insurance coverage with some deductibles, and VAT taxes. It is wise to compare prices and coverage with their sister company at www.kemwel.com. Autoeurope will match any comparable quote, and are famous for their customer satisfaction if problems do arise with the vendor. The best model will depend on your needs, but for best value we suggest you select a compact car with manual transmission. Automatics are available but will cost you about 30% more and may limit your model options & pick up locations.

Q. ARE ITALIAN DRIVERS AS CRAZY AS I HAVE HEARD?
A. Yes & no! They are certainly aggressive, but they are also more skilled than many USA drivers—both are a function of necessity. Italy is one of the most crowded countries in the world and the drivers have evolved these characteristics
* They are notorious tailgaters. If that bothers you, pull over and let them past.
* On the AUTOSTRADE they will drive fast, but will stay in the right lane except when passing and will use their blinkers when passing—YOU SHOULD TOO !
* They will often pass on 2-lane roads with traffic coming. Frankly, they expect you, and the oncoming car, to adjust to the shoulder and make 3 lanes of traffic.

OTHER ROAD TIPS FOR YOUR DRIVING SANITY:
1. Learn the meaning of the sign “ SENSO UNICO” and take heed [ONE WAY ].
2. Be sure to get your ticket when you enter the AUTOSTADA system & be prepared to pay the toll when you exit it [ rule of thumb—300 km=15 Euro]. You can use your credit card in the VIA lane at the toll both, or buy a debit VIACARD in advance.
3. Do NOT attempt to follow road numbers—that will frustrate you. But, do pay attention to the directional signs that point to your destination [ TO MONTALCINO]. And, be aware if that road leads eventually to a larger city [ ROMA—SIENA ETC.]
4. Unless you have a diesel car, you will want to fill the tank with benzina from the green pump. Most stations will pump gas for you and will take credit cards.

NOTE: As of 2005, an International Drivers Permit[IDP] is required in Italy.
You can obtain them from your local AAA office. You will need a valid US driver’s license, two passport photos, and $15. The photos can be taken at the AAA office.
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 08:51 PM
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OK, we've received our IDP. We're planning on picking up the car at the Florence airport and driving to our agriturismo, http://www.terredinano.com/interno.asp?id=22&lang=eng near Pienza. My question is, should we stick to the main highway A1 getting down there, or is a more scenic route (through Siena etc.) recommended? Thanks in advance!
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Apr 22nd, 2013, 09:37 PM
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I generally avoid superhighways because they tend to flatten out the scenery.
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Apr 23rd, 2013, 12:43 AM
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Well, you won't actually go through Siena, but taking the scenic route is always the way to go, ESP when you are still sorting out the car.
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Apr 23rd, 2013, 06:03 AM
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Both actually !
Stay on A-1 as far as the exit at Bettole/Sinalunga and then the small roads via Torrita di Siena---follow the directions on their web site after that, perhaps stopping in Pienza.
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