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    Hello,

    One thing every forum advises is if you rent a car in downtown Florence to:
    - check the rent a car comunicates the license plate so as not to be fined;
    - after leaving the ZTL do not enter it again.

    Since the car rentals are all in ZTL A zone, and surronding it are other zones (O, F, B, etc..) when it is mentioned that after leaving the ZTL do not enter, does this mean that you should not enter ZTL A only, but you can pass the other ZTL zones until you leave the city?

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    Ciao Nuno,

    There are various zones in the ZTL area (A, B, O, G, F) but these distinctions are for local residents' permits -- for non- locals, you can consider it as a single ZTL area.

    You have to worry about the license plate being communicated only when re-entering the ZTL to RETURN a car rental, not as you leave it -- the important thing is to not go around in circles and risk re-entering the area as you're trying to leave it!

    Checks on plates are always on ENTERING the ZTL area, controlled by cameras at specific entry points. Once you enter, if you are going around in circles, there are many one-way streets so you could theoretically exit and re-enter it if you're driving around one block right by an entry point. Just make sure to have a planned route to follow OUT of the center. The car rental places are happy to help map it out, generally.

    Many of the car rental agencies in the downtown area are on Borgo Ognissanti, which is a street along the ZTL border and actually not inside the ZTL area. When you rent a car from there to leave Florence, the important thing is to make sure you take a route that will head out of the downtown area and not drive in circles, since you can then end up entering the ZTL without realizing it. So as long as you follow your route out, you're fine -- and when returning the car, the agency will communicate the license plate to the authorities.
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    Ciao Lourdes,

    Thank you very much for your reply!!!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lourdes View Post
    Ciao Nuno,

    There are various zones in the ZTL area (A, B, O, G, F) but these distinctions are for local residents' permits -- for non- locals, you can consider it as a single ZTL area.

    You have to worry about the license plate being communicated only when re-entering the ZTL to RETURN a car rental, not as you leave it -- the important thing is to not go around in circles and risk re-entering the area as you're trying to leave it!

    Checks on plates are always on ENTERING the ZTL area, controlled by cameras at specific entry points. Once you enter, if you are going around in circles, there are many one-way streets so you could theoretically exit and re-enter it if you're driving around one block right by an entry point. Just make sure to have a planned route to follow OUT of the center. The car rental places are happy to help map it out, generally.

    Many of the car rental agencies in the downtown area are on Borgo Ognissanti, which is a street along the ZTL border and actually not inside the ZTL area. When you rent a car from there to leave Florence, the important thing is to make sure you take a route that will head out of the downtown area and not drive in circles, since you can then end up entering the ZTL without realizing it. So as long as you follow your route out, you're fine -- and when returning the car, the agency will communicate the license plate to the authorities.
    Hello. New to the forum and have a question in the ZTL within Florence for an upcoming visit. We are picking up a hire car on Borgo Ognissanti which is in zone B. I can see a route out to SS67 straight down Borgo Ognissanti and onto Via II Prato which avoids any cameras. Upon entering again at end of holiday I see I can just reverse this although the one way would take me down Via Curtatone and Via Montebello before coming back down Borgo Ognissanti. I know you mention to ensure the hire car company registers the plate but if I avoid any cameras at all then there is no danger at all of being fined? I know this sounds simple but I’m just a bit confused about being in the zone and being tracked by cameras. Even if I’m in the zone but avoid the cameras all is completely ok?

    Also whilst on subject of hire cars does anyone recommend the nearest decent petrol station to fill up before returning the car?

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    The streets you mention are NOT inside the ZTL area, precisely to allow cars to get onto Borgo Ognissanti. As long as you don't pass under any cameras (they have stoplights to indicate whether the ZTL is on or off - red when ON to indicate STOP) and are placed beyond the intersection so they can't be confused with normal traffic stoplights (plus there are signs that indicate ZTL area and what area).

    So if you follow that route, you should be fine and never go into the ZTL area at all.

    As far as petrol stations nearby, I recommend you stop at any once you're in Florence. You won't consume that much between the station and the car return so the tank should still be full by the time you return.
    This way you avoid petrol stations along the borders of the ZTL so reduce risk of entering it without realizing it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nuno View Post
    Hello,

    One thing every forum advises is if you rent a car in downtown Florence to:
    - check the rent a car comunicates the license plate so as not to be fined;
    - after leaving the ZTL do not enter it again.

    Since the car rentals are all in ZTL A zone, and surronding it are other zones (O, F, B, etc..) when it is mentioned that after leaving the ZTL do not enter, does this mean that you should not enter ZTL A only, but you can pass the other ZTL zones until you leave the city?

    Best regards,
    Nuno
    Writing from Quebec, Canada... we are booking a 2 weeks trip in Italy and I have a question about the ZTL in Florence. We'll spend our 3 last days of Tuscany tour in Florence and one of our first move will be to bring back our rental car to Avis in Florence (which is in ZTL area). We also booked the Emy Guest House which is the other side of the river but still in a ZTL area..

    I read we just have to ask Avis to put our name in the white list... and same thing about someone who need to join his hotel (the hotel will communicate our name to the authority to be in the white list). But my main question.. is a Guest House which is not exactly a hotel is able to provide the same kind of ''operation'' or it's only apply for a ''real'' hotel

    Thanks

    Taupe

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    Generally commercial businesses that are registered in the ZTL will offer that service - hotels and car rental agencies will for sure, if they are inside the ZTL!

    Small B&Bs and guest houses -- and all airbnb apartments -- often do not offer this communication of your license place to the local authorities as a service, even when they are in the ZTL. If they do, they highlight it as part of their services for offering this extra service.
    I highly doubt the apartment you booked offers this service, at least not from I was able to find and read about it.

    If you're wondering how to get your luggage to the apartment and whether to return the car before or after:
    you should know that in your case AVIS in NOT in the ZTL area, it is on Borgo Ognissanti which borders the ZTL area and you don't have to go into the ZTL area to return the car to them.
    So it is likely they won't be offering the service of letting you off the hook for going into the ZTL first to get to your apartment, and then to them.

    I would drop off the car, and if you need to because of luggage, take a taxi to your apartment.
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    Thanks Lourdes, wowwww perfect answer !
    I could not have a better one

    Eric

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    Glad to help sort out these types of doubts, often times looking at a map is not sufficient if you don't have the local know-how, unfortunately.

    I would prefer everyone who visits does not leave with a bad experience...or have their memories ruined by getting a fine months after! So glad to be of help!
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