August 21, 2014, 04:26 PM
Driving in Tuscany
We are coming for a vacation to Tuscany in September. We are renting a car and want to drive all around the countryside. Just wanted to ask if any type of car was suitable to driving in the Tuscan countryside? We are thinking of renting a mini car, like a Fiat 500 Mini, or Economy Peugeot 107. Will a mini car be okay to drive around the Tuscany countryside roads?
August 25, 2014, 11:59 AM
yes, the cars you mentioned are very ideal to drive in tuscan countryside because they are small and cheap. When you will be in Tuscany, you'll see that these cars are much used by the people.
However, if a day you want to do a particular experience or a romantic trip, you can also consider that many accommodations in Tuscany offer to rent luxury cars or vintage cars.
One of these accommodations is Casale Poggio alle Fonti at Terranuova Bracciolini between Arezzo, Florence and Siena, but also the hotels of the Ross Hotels Group in province of Siena offer this option.
August 25, 2014, 05:16 PM
For most of the driving you'll be doing on countryside roads, those smaller cars are perfectly fine. Actually will feel like the right size, considering how some roads can be quite narrow!
And, of course, if you want to try the experience of a tour in a vintage car, there are those too, from either Florence or Siena: http://www.partner.viator.com/en/835...cany%20vintage
Enjoy your time in Tuscany
August 31, 2014, 06:39 PM
we will rent a mini car
October 7, 2014, 03:18 AM
Originally Posted by Jev
Driving is stressful, especially when you're on holidays and would like to just relax and enjoy the locations. I suggest you take public transpo.
October 21, 2014, 06:53 PM
October 25, 2014, 06:38 AM
Just got back and might be able to offer some thoughts.
The folks trapped in the busses missed out on some of the best countryside drives on the planet.
Tuscany is about the landscape and getting swallowed up in it, between stops.
Bus trips stay on bus friendly roads, and they dictate how long and where you stop.
At one point on our trip, the wife had me stopping a dozen times within an hour, just to get out and look, take a few pics, and breathe.
I dunno how many times we simply drove "That way" just to see what could be found, and were rewarded with breath taking countryside.
The best roads are steep, winding, narrow, and feature sheer cliffs with no guard rails to obstruct the views. They force you to slow down, and soak in the place. Italians are sneaky that way.
Take the car, take your time, and plan on getting lost and enjoying it.
Folks that take the bus, or stay on the main roads, miss the point.
Have an awesome trip!!!
October 28, 2014, 08:08 PM
October 28, 2014, 09:29 PM
Jay - I actually recommend the Bagni San Filippo, stopping at Bagno Vignoni as well (both have free springs). In Bagno Vignoni you have to head down the cliff to get to the waterfall/river.
It is closer, both are still pretty impressive and you'll be driving through BEAUTIFUL countryside. A day might not be enough!!
Maybe I'd suggest doing Siena first, then heading down toward Val d'Orcia and then keep on going to Rome!
Saturnia is definitely too long of a drive to do for a one day outing, returning to Siena... I'd only recommend it if you kept heading south, as it is practically on the border with Lazio. The difference between Bagni San Filippo and Saturnia is 1 hour vs 2 hour drive just one way from Siena.
October 29, 2014, 09:09 PM