We are planning an Italy trip for late June, early July. We will be in Florence for the 1st few days, after which we’ll have seven nights before spending the last night in Rome. We have been to Rome before so only plan on spending the last night there, but got a decent flight deal in and out of Rome.
We would like to spend those seven nights in Tuscany. As of now, we’re considering spending a few nights in each of Volterra and Montepulciano, hitting nearby hill towns from there, and then maybe return the car in Orvieto and spend the 7th night there before using public transport to Rome for the last night.
We enjoy the train and bus travel in Europe, but it seems there would be many connections and a lot more time spent travelling than there would be with a car. And judging by the message strings I’ve read, a car seems to be the best way to go. We’ve never had a car in Europe, and we’re a bit apprehensive.
We plan on staying in the actual towns and not out in the countryside, though that won’t keep us from stopping somewhere in the countryside along the way.
If we do drive, I will definitely come prepared with printed directions and maps to supplement any phone navigation apps. With that, any advice would be appreciated:
Are the signs on the countryside roads pretty clear?
Is operating gas pumps pretty standard compared to here in US?
Do gas stations accept credit cards, and would it be wise to use them there?
Regarding phone apps, if for some reason a GPS is not available from rental car service, I currently have Samsung S7 with Verizon. Will there be any issues receiving a signal and using data (other than usual data costs) driving throughout Tuscany?
Am I being overly worrisome?
Thanks in advance.