COVID-19 Travel Advisory: Stay up to date with the latest on the coronavirus pandemic.   Learn More >

One night in Florence

Old May 10th, 2015, 08:25 AM
  #1  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 292
One night in Florence

Staying one night in Florence and then off Chianti Region. What is the best location for one night and renting a car the next day.
mels is offline  
Old May 10th, 2015, 08:31 AM
  #2  
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Posts: 78,322
How about taking a bus to Chianti-en-Greve and picking up your rental car there - otherwise inside Florence many places are off-limits to private vehicles and folks constantly get zapped with steep fines for violating the no-go zones without realizing it.

Either familiarize yourself with those zones or say take the tram to Florence's Rifredi station, a few miles north of town and a main station with several car rentals around it - easy driving from there to anyplace in Tuscany - or as easy as it gets.
PalenQ is offline  
Old May 10th, 2015, 08:32 AM
  #3  
 
Join Date: Feb 2012
Posts: 365
The best place to rent a car is at the airport because you don't have to drive in Florence!

Since you have such a short time in Florence, I would rent a hotel close to the Ponte de Vecchio which is close to many things. You can easily take a bus to the airport to rent your car.
topeater is offline  
Old May 10th, 2015, 08:40 AM
  #4  
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 9,500
For just 1 night, assuming with that information that Florence isn't high on your list, pick up your car out of town (airport or otherwise), as the previous posters have suggested, and use it to stay in the countryside or in a village, what having a car is all about, as I see it.
MmePerdu is online now  
Old May 10th, 2015, 10:59 AM
  #5  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 292
Pitti Palace looks nice for one night in Ponte De Vecchio.
mels is offline  
Old May 10th, 2015, 11:08 AM
  #6  
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 708
I understand many tourists get burned with ZTL fines, but renting from the airport looks to me a really radical solution. First, it is easy to get a fine entering the ZTL (limited access zone) but exiting the ZTL with your rental car should be easier. Second, there are rentals like the one in via del Sansovino that is easily accessed by tram from the station area.
asps is offline  
Old May 10th, 2015, 11:45 AM
  #7  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 292
Thanks, we are going to rent the car at the airport and drive to Radda, staying at the il bergo di Vescine for 4 nights and then driving to Lake Como that should be an ok drive.
mels is offline  
Old May 10th, 2015, 11:49 AM
  #8  
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Posts: 9,500
It looks wonderful! Good move.
MmePerdu is online now  
Old May 11th, 2015, 04:50 AM
  #9  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 1,126
Agree with your your choice to rent at the airport. I've driven from Chianti to Como before before. It's a bit of a long (a little boring)drive,but uneventful until you get close to Milan. If going to Bellagio, the drive can be a little nerve racking, but doable.
jabez is offline  
Old May 11th, 2015, 06:02 AM
  #10  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 292
Thanks
mels is offline  
Old May 11th, 2015, 03:32 PM
  #11  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 292
Janes...what do you mean by nerve racking?
mels is offline  
Old May 11th, 2015, 04:32 PM
  #12  
Original Poster
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Posts: 292
Jabez is what I wrote....automatic correction. Sorry.
mels is offline  
Old May 12th, 2015, 05:04 AM
  #13  
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Posts: 1,126
The road from Como to Bellagio is tight and can make many nervous. In Italy ,it's not unusual to go around curves barely wide enough for 2 cars. This creates interesting dilemmas when two cars (or especially a bus or truck)is heading towards you.
jabez is offline  
Old May 12th, 2015, 07:55 AM
  #14  
 
Join Date: Jul 2006
Posts: 14,388
Several car rentals agencies are on Borgo Ognissanti; for us, it was an easy drive out of Florence to the autostrada.
HappyTrvlr is offline  
Old May 15th, 2015, 03:32 PM
  #15  
 
Join Date: Jan 2013
Posts: 708
Well, I remember the time when my father was driving between Como and Bellagio and my late aunt saw a sign "CAUTION FALLING ROCKS"

She began to scream "You are bringing me in a dangerous place! What should I do?" - to which my father replied "Open your umbrella".
asps is offline  
Related Topics
Thread
Original Poster
Forum
Replies
Last Post
anik103
Europe
6
Jun 29th, 2016 08:25 AM
QM
Europe
10
Aug 19th, 2008 04:50 PM
suz1672
Europe
4
Mar 2nd, 2008 04:11 PM
AmanteDelLimoncello
Europe
4
Aug 8th, 2007 03:21 PM
xxx
Europe
4
Oct 21st, 2002 08:38 PM

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are On


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Do Not Sell My Personal Information

FODOR'S VIDEO