Driving from Florence to Riccione

May 20th, 2014, 12:49 AM
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Driving from Florence to Riccione

My husband and I will be driving from Florence to Riccione with our two daughters (12 & 17) in July. We will then be continuing on to Venice after a few days stay. I am just looking for some advice for the drive. I have read in some places that driving this route is not all that exciting.

Can anyone give us some tips or suggestions for our drive there? Is there a route better than another. We are willing and able to stop somewhere on the way for a few hours or even travel a farther distance for a nicer drive.

I have looked at the 3 different routes google maps gives us. Is one better than the other with a stop somewhere for lunch in between?


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May 20th, 2014, 02:33 AM
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If I were doing the drive I would take a different route and go through Arezzo and Urbino. Both very nice places to visit. It all depends whether you're looking for speed or not.
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May 20th, 2014, 04:41 AM
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If you want to avoid tunnels and truck traffic, I would suggest the second route, taking the SS67 to cross the Apennines. This will pass through very pretty countryside, the region once known as the Romagna Toscana, because, although on the Romagna side of the Apennines, was historically governed by Firenze. Mussolini, a native romagnolo, made it part of Romagna (now Emilia Romagna).

The road is rather curvy in places, but it's a good road. If someone in the family suffers from car sickness, you might want to be prepared with remedies, or else take the autostrada.

One very nice place to stop along the way is the Fortezza di Castrocaro, which is a tiny town, with very few inhabitants now, in the midst of an immense fortress.

The route passing through Arezzo is also very scenic, but it's a rather zig-zag route.

All of the alternative routes over the Apennines pass through very sparsely populated countryside. We've often taken the Arezzo route, although we turn off towards Urbino shortly after Sansepolcro. There is really no place to get gas, to use a bathroom, or to have a meal, until you get near the coast. We've only followed the SS67 once, but if I remember correctly it's the same. Be prepared!

For what it's worth, when we go to the Firenze area by car (which is very rare, as we prefer to take the train) we take the autostrada, although the stretch between Firenze and Bologna is a piece of highway I absolutely hate. However, I also don't much care for crossing mountains on curvy roads, as I'm one of those who often gets carsick.
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May 20th, 2014, 03:42 PM
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Thank you for your suggestions! I don't think we will take the autostrada, the second route sounds like a nicer drive.

I would like to stop in Fortezza di Castocaro but I cannot search it on Google Maps. Should I be looking for a different name? Castrocaro Terme or Castrocaro Terme E Terra Del Sole?

Also, will I be able to drive into the city and park the vehicle?
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