Car Hire in Florence
This information is correct as of July 2015.
Florence, the capital of the Tuscany region in Italy, offers remarkable sights and attractions like the Florence Cathedral, Uffizi Gallery, Palazzo Vecchio, Piazza della Signoria, Piazzale Michelangelo, Boboli Gardens, and more. Enter the city through the airports that serve Tuscany and get around through the car rental companies that serve from within and around the city.
Where to hire a car in Florence
Well-known car rental providers that operate within Florence include Sunnycars, Car Italy, Dollar, Budget, Thrifty, National, Alamo, Ofran, Maggiore, Avis, AutoEuropa, Sixt, Europcar, Beni Driver Service, Enterprise, Hertz, and many other local providers. Reserve the vehicle and car rental service that best suit your travel needs, and pick-up the vehicle in convenient locations such as Florence-Peretola Airport, Santa Maria Novella train station, Borgo Ognissanti, Via Maso Finiguerra, Via di Melegnano, Via Santa Lucia, and the downtown and city centre.
What to expect when hiring a car from Florence
Driving to and within the historic centre of Florence can be an utter challenge and should be avoided at all costs, due to the fact that only residents with certain permits are allowed to drive within the area. There are also other “Limited Traffic Zone” or “ZTL” areas that are monitored by camera; be mindful of these zones since when you enter the zone, it is inevitable to pass more than one camera and each camera you pass by will charge a separate fine that starts at around €90 (133 AUD). Due to the camera system, it may take a while for the fine to reach you but the violators will be tracked down, even after more than a year. Cars without permits are only allowed to enter the Limited Traffic Zones after 7:30PM and before 7:30 AM. However, the rules tend to get more restricted during the tourist-filled summers. In addition to the Limited Traffic Zones and fines, Florence also has small streets and a complicated one-way system that even confuses its locals. There are also some roads that halt and abruptly end with almost no warning. Moreover, never park within the historic centre or risk being towed since only residents with certain permits are allowed to park within the area. When in need of a parking space, it is possible to arrange a 30-minute temporary exemption through your hotel. However, travelling by car is very useful when driving outside the city centre.
There is a tram line operational within Florence. The single tram line serves by connecting the Santa Maria Novella train station located in central Florence with Scandicci, a southwestern suburb. The line approximately covers a route of 7.4 kilometres with around four stops. Make sure to look out for these and take extra caution when driving along the route.
Getting to your destination
Appreciate what the city has to offer and visit as much of it as possible, starting with the Trevi Fountain, Pantheon, Piazza Navona, Vatican Museums, Palatine Hill, Galleria Borghese, and Spanish Steps, in addition to many more.
Starting from Florence, drive to Rome by taking Via Ghibellina and SS67 to Via Marco Polo. Next, from A1/E35, reach Roma after taking the SS4 exit from A1/E35. Lastly, drive down Via Salaria and reach the destination. The total drive has duration of approximately three hours and eight minutes for 274 kilometres.
Drop by Venice to see firsthand its points of interest that include Saint Mark’s Basilica, Grand Canal, Piazza San Marco, Doge’s Palace, and Rialto Bridge, to name a few.
For close to three hours for 258 kilometres, reach Venice from Florence by taking Lungarno Soderini, SS67, Via del Sansovino, Viale Francesco Talenti, and Viale Etruria to get to SGC Firenze - Pisa - Livorno. Take A1/E35 and A13 to Via della Liberta in Gazzera, then take the exit to Venezia/Ravenna/Mestre/Marghera from A57. Please be advised that this route has toll roads. Lastly, go down Via della Liberta to reach Ponte della Liberta and get to your destination.
Naples offers many unforgettable destinations and attractions like the Naples National Archaeological Museum, Cappella Sansevero, Royal Palace of Naples, Catacombs of San Gaudioso, Castel Nuovo, and more. Naples is a sizable city that can be found within the southern part of Italy.
From Florence to Naples, go Via Ghibellina and SS67 to Via Marco Polo. Go down A1 to Via Galileo Ferraris in Napoli; just exit from A3. Next, go down Via Galileo Ferraris, Corso Arnaldo Lucci and Piazza Garibaldi to Corso Giuseppe Garibaldi.