We want to rent a car in Cortona for 2-3 days. The local agency we are working through (we were low bidder of an apartment at an auction), says they can arrange for one for 80 euros per day which seems pretty high. My own search has less expensive options but not really that close to Cortona. Any ideas?
There are only some local rental shops in the area and maybe Win Rent in Camucia. However nearby Arezzo, the provincial capital city in that part of Tuscany is a larger town which has all major companies like Avis/Budget, Europcar, Hertz. I don’t know the size of car you are seeking but on average I rent cars in Tuscany for under $250 a week, with zero deductible insurance included.
Check www.autoeurope.com and select Arezzo as pickup location.
Thanks Roberta. Arezzo looks like it is a 45 minute+ drive from Cortona so we have to get to and from there. The convenience of the more expensive local shops may outweigh that.
How are you getting to Cortona in the first place? I looked on the Rome2rio website and it appears there may be a train from Cortona to Arezzo, where you could pick up a car. $80/day is a lot.
You can easily take a train from Corona to Arezzo to pick up the car, as Roberto suggested. There are two stations to access Cortona, Camucia-Cortona and Terontola-Cortona. The trip from Camucia to Arezzo is only about 20 minutes, depending on which train you use. Of course, you'd still have to get down the hill from Cortona to the station via bus or taxi (another 15 minutes or so).
You may already be aware of this, but each driver will require the compulsory International Driver's Permit, which is used in conjunction with your home D.L. You'll also have to be extremely vigilant to avoid the ZTL (limited traffic) zones which exist in many Italian towns (hefty fines for each pass through these).
We did Assisi after Rome once then a bus to Gubbio (May 15 candle festival......... watch that on YouTube) then Cortona ( had no fountain like in the movie) then bus to Padua .. then train to Venice etc.