I was planning to drive from Rome to Portofino on Monday Aug 15 which I know is a national holiday. My thought was that as it was effectively the Monday of a long weekend the traffic would be going in the other direction. However, it has been suggested to me that half of Italy is on the road that day and I will get stock in traffic especially around Florance. Is that right? If it is what advice does anyone have for me? One idea was to take the train to Florance and rent the car from there; another was to take a modified cost route and avoid the Florance ring road.