Florence to Rome Driving Advice

Apr 14th, 2004, 05:44 AM
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Driving around Italy is a blast! I highly recommend it - honeymoom or not! We rented a car in September (our first time there) and driving thru Tuscany gave us some of our fondest and funniest memories of our trip. Don't be in a rush to get anywhere and be prepared to get lost occasionally. Make sure you veer off the main roads and visit little towns like Lornano and Quersegrossa (between Florence and Siena). One thing we did to avoid driving into Rome was to drop the car in Orvieto and take the train into Rome. Just leave some time to spend in Orvieto. Great little town! Have a blast!
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Apr 14th, 2004, 06:55 AM
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Great advice. Thanks to all!
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Apr 15th, 2004, 11:28 PM
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For lprasz - I agree it would be silly to take the train to Florence. You should just pick up the car at FCO or at the Rome Termini (if you are already in Rome). With a party of 4 the train tickets would be an unnecessary expense.
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Apr 16th, 2004, 05:39 AM
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Having read all these great posts, I could use some help with driving and training decisions. My husband and I are arriving in Rome on a Friday morning. We are staying in Rome for 2 nights, then meeting our friends at FCO/Rome airport on Sunday morning and heading to Tuscany for 5 days, up to Florence for 3. My husband and I have to leave Florence our final morning to get to the FCO/Rome airport in time for an early afternoon flight home. We were planning on cabbing into Rome upon our arrival, cabbing back to the airport to pick up the rental car and our friends 2 days later, dropping the car in Florence upon our arrival and then training back to FCO (Rome) on our final day. Now I'm thinking that it might actually save us some money to rent for a week, either at the front end or the back end. That would mean, either driving into and out of Rome our first weekend, or driving from Florence to FCO our last day. Any suggestions?
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Apr 16th, 2004, 05:52 AM
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Driving from Florence to FCO is fairly easy. If you have time the drive through Tusany is beautiful. I don't have a map with me right now, but if you're pressed for time the Auto Strade to the airport is an easy drive. One thing about driving on the highway is that the left lane is for passing only. Drive in the right lane, pass in the left and get back in the right as soon as you can. If you linger, cars will zoom up on you with the horn blaring and headlights flashing. We took our time through Tuscany so I can't suggest driving time.
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Apr 16th, 2004, 06:23 AM
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>My husband and I have to leave Florence our final morning to get to the FCO/Rome airport in time for an early afternoon flight home.<

Hi Gerig,

I recommend against it. You can't be sure that your train will get you to Rome on time.

I strongly suggest staying in Rome the last night.
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Apr 16th, 2004, 07:25 AM
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Ira's right, stay in Rome the final night. That will relieve a lot of stress. Apologies for my poor reading comprehension, I got too involved in re-living my trip.
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Apr 19th, 2004, 08:27 PM
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Have you considered taking a morning flight from Florence to FCO on your day of departure? Try www.volareweb.com

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