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To drive or not to drive?

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To drive or not to drive?

We're planning a trip to Tuscany, flying into Pisa, spending a week or so in the countryside, then dropping off the car to spend a few days in Florence. I'd prefer NOT to drive but am becoming resolved to the idea.... I'm a confident driver in the UK and would appreciate any observations.

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2. Re: To drive or not to drive?

Driving in the countryside of Tuscany is no different than driving in any other countryside. It really is absolutely necessary though to have a car in Tuscany if you want to visit some of the smaller hilltowns and those villages not accessed by train and not well served by public transport.

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Yes, do get a car - I don't find it at all challenging to drive in the countryside - actually, I really love the country roads. You will get so much more out of your visit.

Do read up on the ZTLs as they do exist in most Tuscan towns - but, you just need to park outside of the town and walk into them. But to enjoy the countryside - absolutely, a car.

Surrey
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Well thank you for the speedy responses! I will follow up your suggestions.

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Angie, it's easier than driving the country lanes in Surrey and if you can handle something like the Guildford By-pass or bits of the M25 - you'll find even the occasional busier intersections such as around Pisa / Florence an absolute synch. Most Brits I know find it easier to hire a left-hand drive car than drive their own right-hand drive. It's a bit weird at first going the "wrong" way round a roundabout but you'll soon get the hang of it. The thing about around here is that driving about is often the best part of the holiday for many visitors as it's only then that you can really explore the lovely countryside. Public transport is very poor and, besides, who wants to have their holiday dictated by a bus timetable? Watch out for the ZTLs as others have said, and hang on to all your loose change to pay for the park & displays.

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I don't see how you can really do much with Tuscany without a car. I suppose if you do day trips out of Siena or some other major town maybe. We have done 3 Tuscany trips -- twice we rented for a week, once for two weeks in the countryside or small towns. Having a car meant being able to tour Tuscany -- it was heaven. I would base in a smaller town and get a place with parking.

Surrey
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Ok, I think I'm convinced! Thank you everyone for your thoughts and advice, I'll let you know how it goes....

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Just thought I'd share this link too. Found it helpful and referenced it multiple times while we were on the road.

http://www.slowtrav.com/italy/driving/

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That's such a helpful link - thank you Marytini!

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