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Questions on car rental in Florence

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Questions on car rental in Florence

Planning to rent a car in Florence to drive out of the city in Tuscany for 5 days. Will return car to Florence and take train to Venice. OR drive car to Venice and turn it in upon arrival.

1. Which is the better plan...drive Florence to Venice or train to Venice?

2. Rent car through US company or Italian company in advance (need automatic transmission)

3. Rent car at airport or other location? We will be staying in Florence for 4 days before we want car rental.

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1. Re: Questions on car rental in Florence

My three cents

Train to Venezia from Florence. The train station is easy to get to...a very enjoyable and short trip, and it drops you off right where you need to be

The American brands license the name to operate in Italy...look for a good deal and the automatic transmission you need

Renting at the airport gives you a better choice of cars, more convenient hours and does not require a drive in cities to get out of town

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2. Re: Questions on car rental in Florence

But it is worthwhile to consider (just for convenience) picking up the car in town, on Borgonissanti, follow their directions for getting out of town (follow precisely and carefully), but return the car at the airport. The trip into town to get to the Borgonissanti offices is fraught with peril for misdirection and difficulty.

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3. Re: Questions on car rental in Florence

Make sure you know all about ZTLs and you will soon understand that renting and certainly returning at the airport is your safest option. You are also more likely to get an automatic there as they have more cars. Choose from a reputable company, not the cheapest deal.

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4. Re: Questions on car rental in Florence

Thanks everyone, all very helpful.

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5. Re: Questions on car rental in Florence

Here are my .2 cents on the subject:

-After your stay in the Tuscan countryside, drive to Venice and drop the car off at Piazzale Roma. Take vaporetto to your hotel.

-Contact AutoEurope by phone (google the name) re your car rental. AutoEurope is an American broker situated in Maine. They will shop you the best deal and terms, including mandatory insurance and up to zero deductible, which I recommend.

-Obtain International Driving Permit at your local AAA club. Again, this is mandatory.

-If you have or have access to portable GPS with maps of Italy downloaded, take this with. It will help tremendously. If not, see if you can reserve a car with a built-in GPS. If you would be happier with an automatic, then get one. It will be approximately 25% more then manual.

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