Drive from Nice to Florence

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Aug 29th, 2003, 03:14 PM
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Drive from Nice to Florence

Does anyone know the approximate driving time from Nice to Florence. Also, where should we spend a night or two along the way?
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Aug 29th, 2003, 04:50 PM
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You wouldn't have to spend a night anywhere; you can make it in 4.5-5 hours.

A question like this prompts to mention several related things: first, for this, or any other drivingt trip, you owe it to yourself to explore driving times, mileage, tolls, etc. or either www.viamichelin.com or www.mappy.com

One thing that will amaze you is the number of tunnels between Nice and Pisa - - 154, if memory serves me correctly; I counted them once. There are long sections of this excellent highway where they seem to have drilled through plates of rock, like dishes in a drainer. It's tunnel, bridge, tunnel, bridge, repeating dozens of times over.

Finally, have you thought through the cost of leaving a French car in Italy? or having to bring it back to France? Once alternative - - and breaking up the drive, is to take the train to San Remo, and renting an Italian car there (this assumes that you have sufficient justification agfter arriving in Florence to have a car for three or more days). You could leave nice in the late afternoon; it's a short train ride to San Remo, with a change at Ventimiglia. Enjoy dinner looking out over the Mediterranean there (consider the Nyala Suites Hotel, for example), and take off in your rental car the following morning. This will leave you ample time to stop for a few hours in Pisa, on your way to Florence.

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Aug 29th, 2003, 05:02 PM
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thanks, a friend mentioned to me today that she thought driving the tunnels was difficult on the eyes.
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Aug 29th, 2003, 05:06 PM
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Yes, that is true. Popping in and out of the dark tunnels (even though most are lighted and you leave your headlights on) and the bright sunlight, nearly drove us crazy.
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