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Thread: Rome to Cortona Dilemma

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    Default Rome to Cortona Dilemma

    Hi, our family of 6 is flying into DaVinci Rome on a Sunday night after 9pm and want to go to Cortona that night. I am told the last train is before our flight arrives and the last bus times are similar. I have priced a minibus with driver and am getting ridiculous prices. We are considering car rental but we feel it's daunting to drive out of Rome.
    Can anyone help with a suggestion about how to transport 6 of us and lots of luggage from the airport to Cortona?

    Many thanks

    Maggie

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    Default best solution - rent a car and drive yourself

    Ciao Maggie,

    Given the time you get into the Rome airport, the best solution for your family is to rent a car and drive yourself to Cortona.

    But take into consideration the time it takes you to pick up your luggage and go through customs, then pick up the car rental and get going. The drive from the airport to Cortona is then about 2.5 hours --- you'd be getting to Cortona way past midnight, or more like 1am at the least.

    Consider this:

    1. is your accommodation a hotel with 24 hour reception? if it is a villa, it is unlikely that the owners or rental representative will stay up waiting for your arrival to hand you the keys. this is something you also have to consider whether you drive yourself or you hire a driver.

    2. where are you flying in from? will you be rested enough to get behind the wheel and drive in a foreign country at that hour?

    Wouldn't it be better to spend the first night somewhere near the Rome airport and drive to Cortona the following morning?

    The drive itself should not be too daunting as you will not be going into Rome - you'll be taking the ring road (circovalazione) that surrounds Rome without ever entering the city. This is as long as you stay outside of Rome that first night.
    The drive takes you on major toll roads that are pretty easy to drive on --- my suggestion is to drive when you are well rested and not stressing to get somewhere the following day. A GPS in the car would also be really helpful.

    I've mapped the directions on Google which you can see here -
    http://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...,1.579285&z=10

    Hope these suggestions are useful!!

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    Default Cortona dilemma

    Thank you so much for your suggestions and very detailed map getting from Rome to Cortona, it will be most helpful. We are flying from Ireland for our daughters wedding and feel we would like to get to our destination on Sunday night. However it would have been good to have someone pick us up at the airport and drive us to Cortona but it proved too expensive for a two hour drive. I think we will have to hire two cars and travel convoy. Thank you again for your helpful information, much appreciated.

    Maggie

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    Default you're very welcome!

    and it is good to know you are flying in from within Europe so that you won't be too tired and not need to go through customs - saves you time for the trip!

    hope your trip goes really well but most of all, hope your daughter's wedding turns out perfect!! happy wishes to the bride and groom!

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