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How/where best to pick up car for travel from Sorrento to Tuscany

How/where best to pick up car for travel from Sorrento to Tuscany

Jan 23rd, 2010, 10:39 AM
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How/where best to pick up car for travel from Sorrento to Tuscany

After 4 nights in Rome, my husband and I are traveling by bus to Sorrento from Rome in late April (bus rather than train because it appears we can get there directly rather than changing trains in Naples). We are spending 2 nights there as a base from which to visit Pompeii as well as see Sorrento, and then want to travel north to pick up a car with which to drive and stay in Cortona and then Siena for 5 days, exploring Tuscany. Following this leg of our trip we'd like to turn in the car (where?) and train into Florence, where we'll have 4 nights before training on to our last stop, Venice.

My question(s): how best to get from Sorrento to a car pickup near/in Rome, and then, where best to drop off the car before arriving in Florence? Should we take the direct bus from Sorrento into Rome and then transfer to the airport to pick up a car? And, should we drop the car in Siena or drive to the outskirts of Florence, and if so, where might we drop off the car?
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 11:13 AM
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We've done a similar trip a couple of times and pick up the car in Rome drive to Sorrento (the car is useful for seeing Pompeii and traveling down the Amalfi Coast drive) and then head north to either Florence or a smaller Tuscan town or Venice - depending on a trip. The only trick is making sure your hotel in Sorrento has parking.

IMHO easier to do this than combining several types of transit - esp since the car makes getting around from Sorrento easier.
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 11:58 AM
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I would get the car in Sorrento as you leave--easy to do using Auto Europe or Kemwel. When you are done in Tuscany drop the car at the airport--DO NOT TRY TO DRIVE IN FLORENCE.
The airport is NW of town but easy to find---then bus or taxi into town.
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 12:02 PM
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I was about to give the same advice, pick up in Sorrento, drop off at Florence's airport. But AutoEurope also shows offices in Siena. So you could drop off the car in Siena and bus to Florence.

With only 2 nights in Sorrento, that's one full day plus odds and ends. Not much time for more than Pompeii.
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 05:09 PM
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If you already have a car you could easily

1)explore Sorrento the afternoon/evening you arrive
2)head to Pompeii early the next am
3) spend 5 hours or so, grab lunch and then drive over the hills to the Amalfi cost
4) drive back up the coast road stopping at Positano and Amalfi

At that time of year traffic is limited and it stays light late - and you can easily do this with a car - but would have trouble otherwise.
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Jan 23rd, 2010, 05:26 PM
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We did a similar trip in the opposite direction. We took the train from Rome to Siena, stayed for 2 days then rented a car in Siena. We dropped the car off in Orvieto 5 days later, and took the train to sorrento.
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