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Help with driving from Florence, Italy to Montauroux, France (near Nice)

Help with driving from Florence, Italy to Montauroux, France (near Nice)

Old Sep 25th, 2010, 06:21 AM
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Viajero, it's a little difficult to say because I had stops along the way including one night in San Quirico d'Orcia, then Siena for a few days. I think it took about 3+ hours from San Gimignano to Monterosso.
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Old Sep 26th, 2010, 04:20 AM
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Got it; thanks Louisa!
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Old Oct 7th, 2010, 10:31 AM
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We are renting a car (Hertz), driving from Florence to Mercatale de Cortona to Pisa, over night in Pisa; next day Pisa to Eze to Montauroux.

A lot of driving (nearly 10 hours) over 2 days. Questions:

I read about limited traffic zones in FLorence and Pisa. Is there a hotel that you can recommend in Pisa that will allow for us to drive in the restricted zones? I'm looking at Hotel Relais dell O'rologio as it seems to be close to the tower. Are there other similar areas we should be concerned about when we're driving from Pisa to Eze?

I've never driven from one country to another. Is there anything I should be aware of when crossing the border?

Any recommendationsfor lunch in Eze?

Any advice you think would be helpful is appreciated - I am very much a novice when it comes to driving in Europe!

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Old Oct 8th, 2010, 05:40 AM
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Slight revision to itinerary - we have eliminated driving from Forence to Mercatale de Coortona. We will be going from Florence to Pisa to Eze to Montauroux. Lunch in Pisa, perhaps? Perhaps stay overnight in Eze if we're too tired to go the additional hour to Montauroux? I'm thinking because it's October I don't need to worry too much about reservations?

Where does one park in Pisa to avoid the dreaded ticket-in-the-mail-three-months-after-the-visit?

Still hoping for some insights into crossing borders?
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Old Oct 8th, 2010, 07:51 AM
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You'll just zoom right through the border. No stopping, maybe slow down a little bit.
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Old Oct 8th, 2010, 08:00 AM
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You could train from Florence to Pisa, store your bags, see Pisa, then pick up a rental car to do your drive. I would assume Pisa would have luggage storage at the train station.

You could pick up the car in central Pisa or take a train to the airport and pick up the car there outside of town. At the central Pisa location, check the opening times. The airport option would be less congested and close to the highway.
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Old Oct 8th, 2010, 09:15 AM
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cyn-- a word of warning about the estimate of 4 hours Pisa- Eze is quite optimistic; traffic around the Italian Riviera is quite slow at times, it took us about 3.5 hours just to drive Montauroux-St. Remo.
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Old Oct 8th, 2010, 10:56 AM
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Thanks Mimar. Seems easier to get the car in Florence, as long as we can figure out where to park once we get to Pisa. Glad to know there's no border crossing issues.

Ok, thanks for the info Viajero2. We're heading out of Florence at around 9:30am; it really doesn't matter what time we arrive at Montauroux, but it's nice to have an idea of how long it's going to take. I always take GoogleMaps with a grain of salt! What time of year did you do the trip - is it possible that traffic may be less of an issue now than when you did it?
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Old Oct 10th, 2010, 07:40 AM
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Anyone have ideas on where to park in Pisa so we can walk to the tower and then continue to France? Great lunch place in Pisa or further north?
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Old Jan 7th, 2011, 08:40 PM
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I've read all the replies, but I'm actually going to attempt to drive from Nice to Florence in one day, and by the reviews it looks like that would be insane. So any thoughts on the time? Mapquest says 5 hours, but with tunnels and towns it seems like that's really a bad estimate. Thoughts?
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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 04:39 AM
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Mafi -

It's easily doable and 5 hours sounds about right assuming you take the autoroute. Not sure what you mean by towns, as you bypass most everything by staying on the highway system. You may get some traffic around Genoa depending upon the time of day.

As for tunnels, there are lots of them and lots of bridges and it makes for some a 1)uninteresting and 2) somewhat stressful drive. But that beings said, I've done it a few times...

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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 06:06 AM
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mafi1001: We did do the drive from Florence to Nice; it not difficult - very manageable in one day. We had a gps, which helped. If it's really sunny, the tunnels can be a challenge going from bright to dark to bright, but really, it was fine. The 5 hours is about right.
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