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Driving into Rome on a summer Sunday afternoon....

Driving into Rome on a summer Sunday afternoon....

Old Apr 29th, 2009, 10:07 AM
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Driving into Rome on a summer Sunday afternoon....

Avoiding this will mean we have to drive a long way as soon as we land, over 3 hours at 8am after flying all night.

So, which is the worst of 2 evils, driving south into Rome downtown from the coastal highway from Bolgheri, or driving south into Rome downtown from Montalcino or Montepulciano....which route would be worst in terms of traffic? This would be on August 23rd, a Sunday.

And if they're both horrific, what time does the traffic ease up, or doesn't it?

Thanks so much.
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Old Apr 29th, 2009, 10:20 AM
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Most of downtown Rome seems to be off-limits to private vehicles - maybe there is an exception for Sundays

Fodorites have said they wandered by mistake past the no enter zone and cameras took their plates number and got bills from their car rental agencies sometimes months later.

hopefully someone will know the exact details - but i would not assume you could drive anywhere in downtown Rome save for the few major arteries.
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Old Apr 29th, 2009, 10:22 AM
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We're just driving to the car rental drop off as soon as we get into Rome.
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Old Apr 29th, 2009, 10:24 AM
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Just to clarify, my question is redarding the traffice situation getting into Rome, we have no plans to go driving around downtown, just to drop off the car.
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Sundays *are* an exception, but you still might want to reconsider driving into downtown Rome.

On a Sunday afternoon in late August when Romans are flooding back into the city after vacation, I would not expect one route or one time to be better than another.
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Where are you dropping the car? Do you have an address?
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Old Apr 29th, 2009, 01:21 PM
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No address yet, I still haven't decided if I'm going to drop the car in Rome or Florence.
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Generally speaking, life in Italy before 4pm on Sundays is pretty sleepy. If I absolutely needed to drive into Rome on a Sunday, I would try to do it during the lunch hour -- between 12:30 and 3pm.
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Old Apr 30th, 2009, 07:51 AM
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Thanks Zeppole....I was hoping to spend more time in the country but if it avoids traffic, I'll go early.
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If it's during August you may have the roads to yourself as most of the city seems to be out of town at the seaside or on holiday
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