Driving from Rome to Tuscany

Mar 21st, 2007, 10:57 AM
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Driving from Rome to Tuscany

Has anyone experienced renting a car in Rome and driving out to Tuscany? Is the drive out of Rome nerve racking? Will we drive in circles around Piazza's and never make our way out? Will my husband have a heart attack?

We were originally going to take the train and rent our car in Siena but the agency is not open on the weekend.

Appreciate anyone's advice.

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Mar 21st, 2007, 01:59 PM
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Train to Chiusi and be there before 1300 on Sat.
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Mar 21st, 2007, 02:51 PM
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We did that last summer. While it wasn't nerve-racking, we did get lost. What looked to be one straight line out of the city on the map... wasn't. But it wasn't terrible and we did appreciate the flexibility of a car.

We considered renting the car at the airport but now I have no recollection of why we decided not to do that.
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Mar 21st, 2007, 03:14 PM
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It is not easy, but it can be done! We've done the drive out of central Rome four times and got horribly lost three of those times. Assume that you will drive around in circles...the same ones...several times. The signage is poor. The good news is that once you get out of Rome it's smooth sailing. A car is by far the best way to see Tuscany.

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Mar 21st, 2007, 06:58 PM
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We drove into Rome and it was hectic
but if you can leave early in the a.m.
and get good directions, you will be
o.k. We do this when we are in a
large city.
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Mar 21st, 2007, 07:41 PM
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Look for a car rental office outside of the middle of Rome. Plan your route out of Rome and use the Autostrada or a super strada. It's like driving on an interstate in the U.S.

A couple of hints about not getting "misplaced" when driving in Italy.

1. Dont' try to drive with the map from the rental car company! Buy a decent map!

2. If you see a sign to some place, follow the sign without turning off the obvious "main route" until you see another sign.

3. Arrows pointing to the left most often DON'T mean "turn left".

A left turn sign in Italy is an arrow running up the sign, curving to the left at the top with the arrowhead pointing left.

A sign on your right at the corner ahead of you with an horizontal arrow pointing to the left means "Go to the immediate left of this sign" but don't turn. Another way of properly interpreting the horizontal arrow sign is "Take the traffic lane immediately to the left of this sign."

Many Americans get lost because they turn left at the second type of sign.

You can do it and it won't be a problem as long as you don't try to drive in the center of Rome.

What large cities have you driven in?
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