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Old Feb 1st, 2013, 04:29 AM
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Driving from Florence to Rome any restrictions? And how?

Hello travelers! I am going to spend a few days in Florence at the beginning of March and will be renting a car to take one day trips. On my final day, March 9th which is a Saturday, Im planning on driving to Rome. I am not planning on stopping on any city. What is the fastest route to take? And also should I worry about the ZTL restrictions Ive been reading about? Also how bad is the traffic? I am planning that as soon as I get to Rome I go return the car, I guess at the airport if its on the way to the city.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated!!
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Old Feb 3rd, 2013, 03:44 AM
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Rolitta,
Not sure where you are staying in Florence, but yes the ZTL's a re a huge issue. When we drove to Florence (and we lived in Rome) we always north of the centro area at a B&B with parking and NOT ANYWHERE close to a ZTL. Rome has a bigger ZTL zone (see: http://tinyurl.com/Rome-ZTL) but the ZTL zones in Florence always seem to be the MOST violated by visitors... so do know your route options BEFORE driving in this area.

The fastest route to Rome is the A1, the toll highway between the cities. Once you're on the autostrada traffic is usually light in early March, but will increase as you near Rome.

The Rome airport is NOT on the way into the city from Florence, but if you don't want to drive in Rome, it is a good dropping-off point for your rental car. As it's a Saturday, many of the in-town rental sites close early. Depending on where you're staying, some hotels - like the Roma Cavalieri - have their own rental car drop-off points (and it's outside the ZTL zones!).

I'd have a GPS for your Tuscany travels - but do know that many units will actually ROUTE your through a ZTL zone so do your homework before getting into the car. You'll also need an IDP if you're coming from the States; it's the law - See: http://tinyurl.com/Italy-IDP

If you're looking for the QUICKEST way to downtown Rome, why even drive? Doesn't sound like you plan on using the car in Rome or stopping along the way? **Take the train** and you'll be there in 90 minutes or less - much faster, (and if you buy ahead) much cheaper than using the car!
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Old Feb 3rd, 2013, 04:56 AM
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Yes do take particular note of the ZTL restrictions. If you do a search of this forum you'll find threads discussing the hefty fines imposed on unsuspecting motorists (my neighbour being one of them).
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Old Feb 3rd, 2013, 06:02 AM
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Bad idea---forget the car in this case and do not drive in Florence or Rome. ^Take day trips by train or bus to Siena and Lucca from Florence and train to Rome. If you must see the hill towns then hire a driver for one day--still less than having a car for several days--plus parking & petrol.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2013, 06:03 AM
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>>>I am going to spend a few days in Florence at the beginning of March and will be renting a car to take one day trips. >>I am not planning on stopping on any city.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2013, 07:58 AM
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Thank you guys so much for all your replies. The reason why I am renting a car is because my boyfriend travels for business and he gets points through Hertz so the car is FREE so we figure we would take advantage of this. Also, it is the same amount of points to rent a car for 2 days than for a week and that is why we decided to drive it to Rome.

The hotel that we are staying at the first 2 nights in Florence is in via Givanni Agnelli which it seems to be outside of the central Florence and the hotel said that a few blocks away we can park for free. The first day trip will be to: San Gimignano, Siena and Pienza. The second day trip will be to Luca and Pisa.

The last 2 nights in Florence we are staying in Piazza Ognissani which it seems to be central Florence but again the hotel said that there is free parking like 15 minute walk.

In Rome we are staying in a hotel at Viale del Pattinaggio which is a few miles away from Central Rome so I am hoping that we are able to drop off the car as soon as we get to Rome.

So again this is the reason why we are doing all of this by car because its free. I would appreciate any more advice on this now that you guys know the reason behind the car.

Thank you! Thank you!
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The car rental may be free but have you seen the price of gas in Italy. In Oct it was $8.50-$9.00 a gallon. I spent $100 in gas in one day.
A car is completely useless in the cities you're visiting and the fines in the ZTL restricted areas are NO joke. If you do incur a fine, the rental company will charge you an additional fee to mail it to you.
Take the bus or train to do your day trips and between cities, enjoy the view and relax.
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Old Feb 3rd, 2013, 03:52 PM
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>>>via Givanni Agnelli>>San Gimignano, Siena and Pienza. The second day trip will be to Luca and Pisa.
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The center of Florence is pedestrianized and there is no need to take a car there unless that is where your hotel is (in which case you need to get an official pass to bring your car there). Otherwise pick it up outside the area and drop it off in Rome outside the ped zone.
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Old Feb 5th, 2013, 08:32 AM
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I very much appreciate all of your replies and help! Thank you for your advice.
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