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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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