Downtown Chiusi Car Rental Question

Mar 14th, 2010, 03:02 PM
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Downtown Chiusi Car Rental Question

We need to drop off a rental car in Chiusi and be able to take the 8:31am train to Rome and then on to Salerno. The only rental office to offer a drop off box when closed is Auto Europe Chiusi Downtown Via M. Buonaroti,21. How close is this office to the train station, and is it advised to use the drop off box. I don't want to have a problem regarding the car and not be there to dispute it. I did check and Kemwel does not offer a drop off box at any office. According to the Trenitalia web site the next train leaves at 11:47 am. Any suggestions? Thanks
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Mar 14th, 2010, 03:05 PM
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The AutoEurope office is a block and a half from the train station. Stand in the doorway to the AE office looking out to the street. Turn right and walk to the end of the block. Make another right and the train station is a block down the street on your left. I've used drop boxes many times with no problems.
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Mar 14th, 2010, 06:30 PM
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Autoeurope is a broker and has more than one vendor in Chiusi. Consider driving further to Orvieto to drop it. I suspect there are more train options to Rome and your connection to Salerno, and you are closer to Rome.
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Mar 14th, 2010, 06:36 PM
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There an 0857 Orvieto train that arrives Salerno at 1312.
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Mar 14th, 2010, 07:31 PM
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AutoEurope works with Hertz in Chiusi, too, and the Hertz office is directly opposite the train station. BUT, it's not open Sundays and doesn't have a drop box.

Good idea about Orvieto.
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Mar 14th, 2010, 07:47 PM
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StCirq,
There have been many moves of rental offices in Chiusi. Europcar is no longer a block and a half from the train sttion and Hertz is no longer directly opposite the station.

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Mar 14th, 2010, 07:54 PM
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Henry: Maybe the Hertz office has closed, but unless I'm totally mistaken, the EuropeCar via Buonaroti address is still a block and a half from the train station.
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Mar 14th, 2010, 08:21 PM
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StCirq,
Please find below the Europcar stations closest to: CHIUSI (SI) - ITALY





CHIUSI
Address :
VIA OSLAVIA, 67
53043 CHIUSI (SI)
Italy
Phone : (0578) 20387
Fax : (0578) 20834

Opening hours 18/03/2010 :
08h30 - 13h00
13h01 - 14h59 ( with extra charges )
15h00 - 19h00
19h01 - 20h00 ( with extra charges )


Hertz
Via M. Buonaroti
Address: Via M. Buonaroti 21
Chiusi,
Italy
Phone : 0578 22 30 00
Hours of Operation: Mo-Fr 0900-1230 1530-1900, Sa 0900-1230, Su closed
Location Type: Independent Licensee
Distance from Center: 16.65 mi


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Mar 15th, 2010, 03:39 AM
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bxl4373,

Travelers have yet to report any problem dropping the keys off at the office, but I understand your concern. I would speak directly to AutoEurope about it.

The office on via M. BuonaRRoti (it has two "r"s) is across the street from the Chiusi train station.

I think you may run into the exact same problem in Orvieto, with the office not being open in time to catch a morning train and a long gap until the next train.

Have you considered driving to Salerno and stopping for lunch on the way? It's about a 4 hour drive from rural Tuscany.

Luxury belt-and-suspenders option? Drop off the car the evening before, take bus to Montepulciano, have dinner, have taxi take you back to lodgings, have taxi take you to Chuisi the next morning. Have no idea what that costs!
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Mar 15th, 2010, 06:27 AM
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We have never had a problem using a drop box wherever you drop it off. zeppole's suggestions are great. Driving to Salerno, dropping off the night before,etc. You won't have to drive through Naples or Rome center to get to Salerno. It's highway all the way and about 3.5 hours non-stop.

AutoEurope doesn't have the drop-off sites, it would either be Europe Car or whatever agency AutoEurope is using.
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Mar 15th, 2010, 07:19 AM
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Thanks everyone for your help. We will consider driving to Salerno, my only concern is leaving the car unattended if we were to stop to have lunch etc.
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Mar 15th, 2010, 07:25 AM
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I forgot to mention we will be traveling on a Tuesday not Sunday.
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Don't worry about that. If you have a GPS, take it out of the car with you along with its mounts and cables, and keep your luggage in the trunk where it can't be seen.

If you are truly nervous -- and you really shouldn't be -- you can always eat at an Auto Grill or pack a picnic, and eat with a view of your car!

But honestly, it isn't a problem.
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Mar 15th, 2010, 08:43 AM
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We haven't run into a problem. We're careful and don't rent luxury cars. One suggestion we found interesting is to buy a current Italian newspaper and put it on the dashboard. If you have the car out of sight, just leave one person in the car at a time and then eat, as zeppole mentioned, within view of the car.
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Mar 15th, 2010, 08:44 AM
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zeppole,
Directly across from the train station (Piazza Dante) is http://www.aesserent.it/AesseRentsrl/default.html

Hertz is about a minute walk to the right as you come out of the station.

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Mar 15th, 2010, 01:18 PM
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We have decided to drive to Salerno. I have ordered Michelin Italy Tourist and Motoring Atlas. Do you recommend any other maps or are we good to go? I do have a gps question. We bought a gps with the European maps preloaded, do you need to include the address of each place you want to visit? For instance I tried to look up the address of Sant' Antimo on line and in my guide book and I get 10 km south of Montalcino etc. but no actual address.
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bxl4273,
Sant'Antimo

I-53020 Castelnuovo
dell’Abate (SI)


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Mar 15th, 2010, 01:38 PM
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Thanks Henry, Do you need to include address's or are just names ok for the gps?
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bxl4373,
I don't know. I don't have a gps. I just plugged the above into a map router and it takes you within sight of Sant'Antimo. Castelnuovo dell'Abate is the village Sant'Antimo is in.

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Mar 15th, 2010, 02:40 PM
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bxi: we have been using our Michelin Italy Atlas for several years. It is good and gets us where we are going.

I know that doesn't sound perfect, but we've never been more than just a little bit lost, and always end up where we need to be.
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