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Florence/Arezzo to Rome -- Hire a driver or rent a car?

Florence/Arezzo to Rome -- Hire a driver or rent a car?

Mar 21st, 2006, 02:48 PM
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Florence/Arezzo to Rome -- Hire a driver or rent a car?

Hi! I need some quick thinking from all of you in the know. Going to a rented villa in Tuscany for a week in April with family members. We are trying to work out rental car situation. My family is me, husband, and 10 month old son in car seat. Other family is sister-in-law, her husband, and their 10 year old daughter. They were planning to take the train back to Rome to catch their flight out, but they'd have to leave a day early. So now we are trying to figure out if we should upgrade the one compact car (450 EURO) we are renting to a van (1200 EURO)or if there are other options to consider.

Anyone know if 1) there would be a driver to hire to take us from Arezzo (or Florence) to Rome and 2) how much it would cost?

Wondering if it is just better to rent the more expensive van or maybe even get another smaller compact car for around 450 EURO.

Any quick thoughts appreciated! Supposedly the vans are hard to come by now.

-Kellie
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 05:46 AM
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Kellie - I'm sure any taxi driver in Florence would be delighted to take you to Rome ... at a price.

You can expect to pay about € 350, give or take, from Florence.
Maybe € 300 from Arezzo ...

Hope this helps ...

Steve
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Mar 22nd, 2006, 08:40 AM
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Hi K,

>They were planning to take the train back to Rome to catch their flight out, but they'd have to leave a day early. So now we are trying to figure out if we should upgrade [the car].<

I'm sorry, I don't understand the question.

Are you planning on spending the extra money so that they don't have to take the train?

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Mar 22nd, 2006, 08:49 AM
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I assume they would have to leave a day early because they cannot make rail connections the day of the flight.
I assume that would also mean a night in a hotel near the airport.

Is avoiding all that worth the additional price you'd need for a van? Does having a van mean you would be driving to the airport on the day OF the flight departure? Would it be cheaper to rent TWO cars rather than one van?


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Mar 22nd, 2006, 08:50 AM
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BTW..who in the group absolutely refuses to do any driving in Italy???????
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 07:56 AM
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We ended up just renting our own small car for the week. . . about the same price for a driver. Intrepid, you were right about the rail times not working with their flights and needing a hotel.

Now I have other questions related to this trip. . . I'll post separately.

My husband is going to do the driving in Italy. I'd be too nervous with our baby in the back of the car!!

-Kellie
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