Italy Trip- Where to rent a car?

Old Apr 28th, 2007, 12:57 PM
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Italy Trip- Where to rent a car?

Here is our itinerary... I believe we will want a car for our time in Tuscany, but not sure where to get the car or if it would make sense to get one before gettng to Tuscany (Pistoia)
Arrive Rome
4 nights rome
2 nights Florence
2 nights Venice
2 nights Lake Como area
then travel to hotel in Tuscany... possibly considering a day in Cinque Terre area, but I'm not sure if we could make that a day trip.
5 nights Pistoia
Depart Pisa

Thanks!
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Old Apr 28th, 2007, 01:27 PM
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I would get the car when you depart Venice and keep it until Pisa. Stop in Portofino for lunch but do not stay.
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Old Apr 28th, 2007, 02:52 PM
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Hi J,

Good advice from Bob.

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Old Apr 28th, 2007, 03:53 PM
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Since you are staying in Pistoia which is very close to Florence by train, I would go straight from Rome to Venice, and see Florence from Pistoia. You could add the 2 nights gained to the Riviera di Levante in Santa Margherita Ligure or Levanto nearer the Cinque Terre, or just add a night each to Venice and Lake Como.
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Old Apr 28th, 2007, 04:57 PM
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Would Positano be a better last stop before Tuscany instead of Lake Como? I was looking for something that wasn't touring intesive. However, I have read many places not to drive to Positano because of the single lane road in most places and traffic in summer. Is that an exaggeration?
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Old Apr 28th, 2007, 05:32 PM
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We drove all along the Amalfi Coast and I don't recall any single lane roads. Positano is a long way out of the rest of your itinerary. Or did you perhaps mean Portofino instead of Positano?
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Old Apr 28th, 2007, 07:51 PM
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Where ever you decide jcepk1, just make sure you know the exact location for the pick up and drop off. In Italy many of the hire companies are not allowed to post signage around the rail stations and airports, this leaves you wasting valuable time wandering aimlessly around hoping the darn rent a car place will jump out at you. This happened to us at Milan train station and then at Rome airport. Check with the company you are using for their exact location.
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Old Apr 29th, 2007, 05:26 AM
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Sorry, I meant Portofino... that would explain my confusion too when I was looking at the map!
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Ah Portofino. I thought maybe that's what you meant. I do recall driving there and we got right behind a big tour bus. That was great. All we did was stick right behind him and let him "clear the way" for us. The drive isn't long at all, but as I recall it was a bit narrow in places and had a lot of blind spots.
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If you do go into Portofino, you could park in Santa Margherita Ligure and take a boat over. Much more enjoyable and the ride is beautiful!

Buon viaggio!
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