Although it can feel like you're driving on a formula 1 racetrack at times, the roads in Tuscany are generally very good. The region has a well maintained network of motorways, which will get you to your destination quickly. When you're not in a hurry take the more picturesque backroads to explore the beautful Tuscan countryside.
To ensure your driving in Tuscany is trouble free, here are a number of resources, which you may find helpful.
MAPS & ROUTE PLANNING
There are a number of excellent resources for driving directions and maps. We use Bing Maps when planning a trip, see the map below. Alternatively, if you like stopping off along the way at some of Tuscany's fine restaurants, use this
, it works out routes, which pass by the best restaurants.
The company that manages the motorway network in Italy has an excellent, informative
giving traffic information, that includes traffic and
conditions along with
We recommend that you check weather & road conditions before leaving and print out maps & directions etc and bring them with you.
For detailed directions on how to get to La Posticcia, see our
How to Get Here
BRINGING YOUR OWN CAR
If you decide to bring your own car. We recommend joining one of the main motoring organisations, such as
, their website has useful advice and tips when driving in various European countries. They also offer
European Breakdown Cover
giving roadside assistance/emergency repair, 24 hr English speaking helpline, emergency car hire and accommodation and at a great saving if you buy it online. They also have route planners, maps, guides and even emergency breakdown kits. These resources along with our traffic conditions and weather advice should get you to La Posticcia, safe and sound, ready for a relaxing holiday.
CAR HIRE ADVICE
Although La Posticcia is close to a local village, we feel a car is essential when visiting, firstly to get to and from the airport and also to explore the Tuscan countryside and main cities.
AVIS CAR HIRE is efficient and their costs are very competitive.To hire a car with AVIS from Florence Airport click
To hire a car with AVIS from Pisa Airport click
When booking a hire car.
Always book your hire car in advance – not a good idea to arrive at an airport and hope the car you need will be available. At peak times, especially in smaller airports (ie where the “no-frills” airlines arrive) cars can be limited. Better to be certain you’ve got what you want. It's really no fun having to spend half your holiday searching for a car.
Pick up/drop off point – Most people pick up from the airport the moment they arrive. It’s more convenient, the office will be open, you’re sure you’ve got what you booked and the drop off point is right back at the airport. However, others don’t like the idea of arriving in a new country, picking up a car and within a few minutes being in the middle of a 6 lane ring road at rush hour. It may be worth considering getting a coach or train into the centre of town and then picking up your hire car the next day. Remember, opening hours for city centre pick up offices can vary so check beforehand that they are open.
Extras – baby seat, roof rack, snow chains. At peak times supplies of extras can be limited so book in advance.
Documents – make sure your driving licence is valid, your credit card is accepted and has enough funds for the deposit.
TRAVEL GAMES FOR CHILDREN
For some adults, driving in a foreign country and exploring new areas can be the highlight of the holiday, however, children impatient to get to the pool can get bored. As a fun solution to cries of "are we there yet!" we suggest some of these great
Travel games for children
. There are lots of different games to suit most ages.
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