Train Trip in Italy

Sep 1st, 2006, 08:48 AM
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Train Trip in Italy

My husband and I are first time travelers to Italy. We have 8 nights only and need to choose 2 locations for enjoying both the city and country of Italy. Can someone help me with an itinerary. I was thinking of flying into Rome - staying 2 nights. Taking a train to Tuscan Region (Siena, Florence, Chianti) for 4 nights. Take the train back to Rome for 2 nights. Questions? Should we rent a car vs. train? Does anyone have any accomodation ideas? Thank you everyone, Kerri & Paul.
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Sep 1st, 2006, 08:51 AM
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Seems like 4 days in Tuscany region would be best by car - rent one when leaving Rome and return it when arriving in Florence as cars in those two cities are worthless and indeed can be a liability.
But driving around Tuscany can be sweet. But there is also a dense system of buses that connect nearly all the fabled Tuscan hill towns so you don't really need a car even.
Trains serve Siena but bus is better option from Florence.
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Sep 1st, 2006, 09:09 AM
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Hi K,

I assume you are returning to Rome for return flight? I think you will enjoy this trip most if:

Don't divide your Rome time up more than necessary. Do 3 -1 or all nights there either first or last.

Rome 3 nights
train to either Orvieto or Chiusi and pick up car
4 nights Tuscany
drop car in one of the above or Siena, or Florence maybe
train to Rome for final night before return flight

DEFINITELY get a car for Tuscany!
Buon viaggio!
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Sep 1st, 2006, 01:47 PM
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Khelliwell,
If flying in and out of Rome, take a train to Florence or Chuisi or Orvieto and rent a car. Spend four days in Tuscany then return the car and spend for days in Rome. This will save you one day of packing and traveling.
If you want more information feel free to e-mail me.
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Sep 1st, 2006, 02:52 PM
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Hi K,

I agree with Henry.

Go directly to your Tuscany base upon arrival and come back to Rome.

Orvieto is 1 hr by train from Rome and 1:30 hr by car from Siena.

Chiusi is 1:22 hr by train from Rome and 1:11 hr from Siena.

You can pick up a car in both towns.

See www.novacarhire.com and www.autoeurope.com.

Enjoy your visit.

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Sep 1st, 2006, 06:45 PM
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Why would somebody want to first arrive at Rome aiport, then take either a train or taxi to Termini, to catch the train to Tuscany, then pick up a car there? It seems more sensible to land at Rome, rent a car right there, and drive to Tuscany. What am I missing here?
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Sep 2nd, 2006, 05:16 AM
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Hi M,

It's a 3-hr drive from FCO to Siena, of which about 2 hr is on the Autostrada.

That's not safe for someone who has just flown in from the US.


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Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:45 AM
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Ira,

Interesting thought...I guess a good argument could be made for that

Then again....for those of us who are used to driving on Route 80 in NJ, even after a good nights sleep, 3 hours on the autobahn even an all-nighter would be a piece of cake gt;)
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Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:51 AM
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We are leaving in a few weeks for Italy. We will be picking up our car in Florence for our days in Tuscany, then returning the car to Florence. I am beginning to get soooooooo nervous about picking up and returning the car to Florence. everyone makes it sound like an absolute nightmare. Is there anyone who doesn't think it will be soooo bad? I don't at this point have any other options, but I will be a wreck during our trip if I have to worry constantly about the car pick up and return...........Help!!!!!
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Sep 2nd, 2006, 06:55 AM
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Hi BB,

It's not that awful.

Pickup might be a bit difficult because you will be in a strange town, in a strange car.

Return will be much easier.

You could pick up at the airport, but that will be more expensive.

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Sep 2nd, 2006, 07:00 AM
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I agree with Dayle---good plan.
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Sep 2nd, 2006, 07:03 AM
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Thanks Ira,
I'm not so worried about pickup, because we don't have to be anywhere at a certain time. But on the return, we need to catch the 12:30pm train to Rome. WE are staying in Monterigioni the night before, so we have to travel back to Florence in the morning. But we are giving our selves about 3 1/2 hours to drive 40 miles drop off the car, and take a taxi to the train station. Shouldn't that be enough time? Can't change our plans at this late date.......
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Sep 2nd, 2006, 08:32 AM
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We have driven out of Florence on 2 separate occasions, and while it can be a bit "challenging", it is not really that bad. We looked at it as an adventure, and as long as you allow yourself some lost time, you will be fine. Driving back into the city was way smoother
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Sep 2nd, 2006, 10:22 AM
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Hi K,

It's 0:48 hr from Monterigioni to Florence.

3:30 hr is more than enough time.

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Sep 2nd, 2006, 01:01 PM
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bblount,

Driving into and out of Florence is really not that bad from our experience. The problem arouse for us when we tried to drive to our hotel door a block away from the Duomo. All the "do-not-enter" and "one-way" streets in the pedestrian only area were what drove us crazy. The hotel failed to mention that they were not particularly applicable if you have a reservation inside the old part of Florence. Now you tell us! The car rental agency should have very detailed maps showing how to leave for your destination.
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Sep 3rd, 2006, 06:40 AM
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We are going in the spring and the plan right now is to fly into Rome, pick up two rental cars...we have 11 people....and drive out to chiusi where we have a villa rented. It seems easier to do this rather than take all of the luggage onto the train. Then we will train back and forth to rome and florence for touring. Would you still suggest taking train and then renting cars in chiusi?
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Sep 3rd, 2006, 08:33 AM
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Lisa,

Are you aware that it's a 1 1/2 hour train ride one way from Chiusi to Rome? Why not just stay in Rome and Florence and rent the villa inbetween?
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Sep 3rd, 2006, 08:40 AM
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Hi lisa,

It's also over an hour from Chiusi to Florence.

I agree with Dayle.

How long do you have?

>pick up two rental cars...we have 11 people..<

That sounds like two vans, not cars.

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Sep 3rd, 2006, 09:15 AM
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Have you already purchases airfare? If not, I suggest you fly into one city and out of the other (into Rome, out of Florence?), to avoid wasting precious time in backtracking to your arrival city.
 

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