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Old Jun 17th, 2015, 04:39 AM
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Chiusi Car Rental

Does anyone know if it's possible to rent an automatic in Chiusi? We know how to drive stick shifts, but the hill towns might be challenging as we are a bit rusty!
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Old Jun 17th, 2015, 04:55 AM
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Even if someone here tells you they did it once, you really need to deal with the rental companies directly on the phone and see what they will guarantee, and you need to press them on the guarantee.
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Old Jun 17th, 2015, 04:58 AM
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sandra's right. Once you have the deal on the phone insist on confirmation in writing.
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Old Jun 17th, 2015, 05:01 AM
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Also, I wouldn't worry about being "rusty" with a stick shift, even in hilltowns. If your previous experience is that you actually owned a manual or drove one for months at a time, even if it was as a teenager, you'll remember without much fuss. If you simply had it in driver's ed once, or it was your uncle's tractor for a visit, then stick with automatic.

Only once in my life did I ever get truly stuck on a steep hill in Italy, unable to coordinate the forward motion as I was slipping backward. I yanked on the emergency brake, put the car in first, switched off the engine, got out of the car and handed the keys to the nearest Italian male under 35. He was happy to do it.
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Old Jun 17th, 2015, 05:05 AM
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Thanks for the help. Sandralist, we both drove stick shifts for many years, and my husband still does. I think there is a rather large price difference for automatics, so we might just go manual.
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Old Jun 17th, 2015, 05:14 AM
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I just wanted to share our recent experience driving a manual in Umbria (where there are also a lot of hilltowns). Prior to the trip, my husband had never driven a manual. When we started to plan this trip, he committed to learning how, knowing that it was cheaper and easier to drive a manual in Europe. He borrowed a friend's car several times a week at a time and felt like he was ready. I held my breath....

He did just fine with a mere 2-3 weeks of practice. I think he may have stalled the car once despite some hilly conditions at times. But I'd further note that we never really drove into any hill towns despite visiting several of them. At least in Umbria, most of the hill towns have limited traffic zones( ZTLs). Rather than chance a ticket, we parked outside the town walls without exception. So, while we did have to navigate hills, they weren't within the confines of the towns themselves.
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Old Jun 17th, 2015, 05:32 AM
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Thanks Indyhiker. Good to know!
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Old Jun 17th, 2015, 07:20 AM
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Née we'll,

Zipping around the Italian countryside in a stick shift is a joy! I've done it twice in Tuscany and Umbria and once in Sicily. Go enjoy and set your inner Italian driver free!
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Old Jun 17th, 2015, 07:23 AM
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To echo Dayle, we has SO much fun driving in Umbria. Granted, I was just the navigator, but it was still fun, especially in comparison to driving in the States where there is such a pervasive sense of "anger" on the road. I really dreaded the driving, not knowing how my husband would do, but it turned out to be one of the highlights of the trip. We are already planning another visit and car rental.
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