In month of June, we (2 adults and 2 kids - 6yr and 8r) will be arriving in Florence via train from Rome. I intend to rent a car in Florence and then return it in Rome. We will be spending 7 nights in Tuscany before heading back to Rome. We will be staying for 4 nights in an agriturismo in Mercatale Val di Pesa and 3 nights in another near Pienza. My current thinking is to pick the rental car in Florence, drive to our first base; visit nearby attractions by road. Then head to next base near Pienza; visit nearby attractions by road. Then finally drive down to Rome and return the car over there. I haven't booked any hotel in Rome yet. This is our first ever visit to Italy. We are coming from San Francisco, USA.
- Which location in Florence should I rent car from? Airport or near train station? If not near the train station then I should be catching taxi/train/bus to the location from where I can pick up the car?
- Should I reserve the car now or it will be too early/late?
- Which location in Rome should I return the car? Any preferred location?