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Drive to Venice from so. Tuscany (or take train from Florence)?

Drive to Venice from so. Tuscany (or take train from Florence)?

Aug 2nd, 2006, 09:32 AM
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Drive to Venice from so. Tuscany (or take train from Florence)?

We'll be a week in San Querico d'Orcia with a car. Then onto Venice for the last few days of the trip. Should we drive to Venice and drop the car or drive back to Florence where we rented it and take a train to Venice? (If it is significantly faster or particularly pretty scenery, then maybe driving makes sense.) Thanks for your 2 cents.
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Aug 2nd, 2006, 10:26 AM
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I would drive---why make it complex?
Drop it at Piazzale Roma---not difficult.
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Aug 2nd, 2006, 11:42 AM
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I would probably drive as well. It's not a bad drive, and pretty easy (north of Tuscany, the autostrada is straight and flat and somewhat beautiful). You could stop on the way if you wanted, in Verona, or Padua, or just drive straight through. And dropping a car at the Piazzale Roma is easy.
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Aug 2nd, 2006, 02:13 PM
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Thanks to you both. Driving it will be.
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Aug 2nd, 2006, 04:15 PM
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Hi carolsc, just try to avoid the commute hours when driving to Venice, the traffic can get really bad..including lots of trucks that are headed north. If you do not plan on make any stops on your way to Venice I would take the train from Florence. Whatever you decide, have a wonderful time in beautiful Italy!
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Aug 7th, 2006, 04:15 AM
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One more related question...
Is there a gas station I will pass by shortly before the Piazzale Roma car rental lot where I can fill the car up? Thanks.
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Aug 8th, 2006, 07:24 AM
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Yes, but do it on the mainland, before you turn onto the causeway.
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Aug 8th, 2006, 08:05 AM
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I had some of the same questions about dropping our rental (AutoEurope) car off at Piazzale Roma. Obviously there are signs/directions posted that make it easy to find when you arrive? Any helpful details?
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Aug 8th, 2006, 08:13 AM
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There is only one road to Venice/Piazzale Roma -- a long causeway over the water to the island. It ends in a giant parking lot (with parking garages) and all the car rental agencies are arranged around the edge of the parking lot.

Also at P. Roma are land busses, a vaporetto stop, and a short hike to the train station.
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Aug 8th, 2006, 11:05 AM
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Thank you! Sounds easier than I was picturing. This website is invaluable.
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