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Apr 17th, 2013, 05:42 PM
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Travel from Amalfi coast to Pienza

My wife and I will be traveling from the AC to a small town near Pienza during the second week of September. The current debate for this trip is how to get from Priano to Pienza. Would it be better to rent a car in Sorrento or Naples and drive or take train to Perugia then rent a car and continue the trip? We will spend 7 nights in the Pienza area followed by 3 nights in Florence, where I would return car upon arrival, then take train to Rome for return to US. Any advice?
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Apr 17th, 2013, 06:34 PM
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No, Pienza is nowhere close to Perugia. Since you would have to go to either Sorrento or Naples to get a car (you really don't want to pick up a car in Naples or drive in Naples), you may as well just take the train to Chiusi and pick up a car there.

Options:
Bus from Praiano to Sorrento, pick up car
Bus from Praiano to Salerno, pick up car

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Bus to either Salerno or Sorrento and train to Chiusi, pick up car.

Return the car at Florence airport (you aren't allowed to drive in Florence).
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Apr 17th, 2013, 06:54 PM
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A couple of options you didn't mention:

You could go from Praiano to Salerno and rent the car there. I think you'd by-pass most of the Naples traffic that way.

If you'd rather not drive so many hours (probably at least 5 without any stops), I think Orvieto and Chiusi are better options than Perugia for the rental pick-up. Chiusi is the closest to Pienza and small enough to make driving away a snap. Orvieto is next closest, would be worth a short visit if you had time and also has easy egress. The rental offices in Chiusi and Orvieto are both very near the train stations, but both are closed for a couple of hours in the middle of the day so you'd have to time your arrival accordingly. Or have lunch! Perugia is the farthest and biggest.
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Apr 17th, 2013, 06:55 PM
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kybourbon and I are not the same person. Honest!
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Apr 18th, 2013, 02:58 PM
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Thank you for the info. For Jean could kybourbon be your lost twin? Based on the above, I think we will take the train to either Orvieto or Chiusi. Probably Chiusi because it seems to me by the time we get from Praiano to Salerno/Naples for the train and then train trip to Chiusi half the day will be gone. I definitely do not want to feel rushed on this vacation. I really want to take the time to visit Orvieto and not rush through with a just a quick look and lunch.
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Apr 19th, 2013, 08:27 AM
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One other option:

bus/taxi to Positano, ferry to Salerno, train to Chiusi.

The Etruscan museum in Chiusi is worth a quick visit also.
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Apr 19th, 2013, 06:14 PM
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Apr 19th, 2013, 06:17 PM
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I would get a driver to Sorrento and rent a car there---why mess with multiple modes of transport--just drive it on your schedule.
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