Okay. My family is staying at an agriturismo around siena for a week. We will have a car and are planning to drive around to different hill towns. Is it possible to park the somewhere near the towns and walk into the town? Also, is parking even possible at all in or near Florence? (We are setting aside two days to get up early and drive to Florence)
Not only is it possible, but in some cases it's mandatory. For example in San Gimi it's required...in Montefalco, we parked on the street.
The Rick Steves Florence/Tuscany book gives parking info on the principal towns, telling the recommended place to park and what you should expect to pay.
I too had a similar question for the experienced Italy travelers out there. Everything I read about parking in Sienna is about how expensive it is! Can anyone let me know where the free parking is in Sienna (street, and/or directions).
I don't know about free parking in Siena but the soccer stadium lot (which Rick mentions) is very nice and not too expensive.
Sasha, let's see. A person from New York who may know what's it's like to find a parking spot in midtown Manhattan wants to drive into Florence, Italy thinking that finding parking must be a breeze. It's not. It's worse. There is no parking in Florence. You'll find a visitor or two to this site who got really lucky with a parking spot somewhere but there is really no parking. Also, as discussed many times on this site, there are numerous Zona Traffico Limitato zones in Florence. Drive into one and a camera snaps a picture of you're license plate. Drive into another and the same thing will happen. Big expensive tickets. Just park your car at a train station near your agritourismo and take the train into Florence. There are a few parking garages but again, you could enter a ZTL just to get there and they really pack the cars into to them. Very expensive as well.
Kevin, This might help you http://www.turismoverde.com/italia/info/mappe/mappark.jpg
Thanks, Henry. Sasha, the above link I think would also be very helpful for you.