Driving in Italy?
our general plan is to fly into rome, grab a rental car, drive out to florence and spend a few days there.
After florence, we want to drive down to Amalfi coast, park the car probably in Amalfi, or Positano and do the whole tourist thing.
From Amlfi we will drive over to Bari on the east coast of italy.
and from Bari we drive back to rome and then stay in rome for the last efw days of our journy. retrun the car when we get to rome bceause we cant use it in rome anyway.
Ive debated a few issues with my plan:
1) car rental is cheap to rent for 3 weeks.. However i hear parking in Amalfi is a pain in the buttt. My plan is to drive to the hotel in Amalfi and park the car and probably not use it... the lost money of not using the car is not that big of a deal because the amount of cash I save renting it for 3 week makes up for the cost of say taking a train from Florence to Naples(or Salerno) and then getting a taxi or hiring a driver to take us to Amalfi.. hiring a driver to take us from a train station is upwards of 100 euro.. + train tickets another 140 euro for 2 people.. I'm already 240 euro in... Renting the car for 3 weeks is costing me $800 CAD... of course diesel and parking costs will add up.. but I will be amalfi for 5 days tops. Even at $20 euro a day, thats $100 euro in parking... s... but at least I have a car to drive at any point of my trip.. I dont think parking will be expensive at my hotels in florence and or Bari... regardless we want a vehcile for florence to see the country side.. and we also need a vehicle for bari.
2) I hear the driving in Amalfi is crazy/nuts. I looked at some utube vidoes and it's not impossible. Im not so worried about the drive/tightness, cliffs so much.. but is it really that impossible for us? Has anyone on RFD done it? I would be renting an automatic because my manual skills are not quite there to deal with really right ups and downs.
3) Driving to Bari from Amalfi is about 3 to 4 hours... The highway system seems pretty good and fast. Any tips for driving in Italy?
But now the other option that I thought was this
1- land in rome
2- rent car from airport drive to florence.
3 - setup rental to drop car off in flroence if possible... or have to drive it back to rome.
4- take train from flroence to Naples or Salerno (unsure which)
5 - hire driver from train station to take us to Amalfi or Posietano.
6 - get around amalfi coast via taxi/bus/hire/and ferry.
7 - get driver to take to Salerno, or get car rental in Amalfi coast area that will allow me to drop off car in Rome.
8- drive Amalfi to Bari
9- driver Bari to rome, drop off car.
I'm not sure which way is best. cash wise seems car rental comes out a head.. but I jut dont know how bad the driving is in italy.
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