drive Ancona to Urbino?

Old Jun 6th, 2016, 06:02 PM
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drive Ancona to Urbino?

Our cruise ship docks in Ancona in mid Sept and I'm thinking we'd be best off getting a rental car to get to Urbino. Given the limited time, I'm not keen about taking the train and then bus, and I really don't want to pay the ship's excursion fee. So, while I obviously know Urbino is a hilltop town, are the roads to get there very steep and windy? Anyone who has read my posts from other trips knows this is often my question, as my husband has a thing about heights. We would reserve an automatic car, but would the little ones (like a Smart car) make it up the hills okay? Thanks for your help.
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Old Jun 6th, 2016, 06:24 PM
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The roads aren't too bad at all, with some beautiful countryside especially heading to the coast. If seeking a Urbino hotel I can recommend one. You're sure you can be guaranteed an automatic?
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Old Jun 6th, 2016, 10:20 PM
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The roads are fine, although there are some switchbacks as you approach the town, which is on a hill. I would be a little concerned about the availability of an automatic transmission in such small rental agencies as there are in Ancona.

Most of the drive would be on the autostrada, and I really wouldn't want to drive a Smart there.
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Agree with the above. We wouldn't drive a smart car on the autostrada. It may be a problem to find an automatic so don't depend on getting one there. Even if you book one they may not have one available on the day.
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Old Jun 7th, 2016, 09:09 AM
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I hear you! I had forgotten about one time when an automatic wasn't available and my husband had trouble with the manual on a hill , which was lined with cars because it was a holiday. I must have pushed that misery to the back of my mind. Okay, back to the drawing board.
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