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Rental Car Tuscany: Orvieto > Pisa ?

Coming from Rome so thought is train up to get rental car at the Orvieto Rail Station. Logic is this puts me out of Rome with a simple and fast train ride, and begins good area to start to exploring my way North in Tuscany. I have read all of the cautions / concerns on driving in Italy and think that I am up for the Tuscany drive. I would like to avoid larger cities, super challenging roads, and the much dreaded ZTL zones. Is this a good location to get a car and start a road trip? Other suggestions / recommendations welcomed.

I want to end up in the Northwest Tuscany area so I can drop car at a rail station – preferably on a rail line that will take me to La Spezia / Cinque Terre area. I was not keen to drive up to La Spezia. I was hoping for a car drop at a rail station – to avoid an airport drop than hassle of rushing to a train – Pisa looked the most promising, but, I think I would have to drop at airport. If some Tuscan locations are more advantageous for car drop near train, but require rail transfer please advise. Any suggestions on an easy / best station that has a rental car drop and gets me heading toward La Spezia?

Posted by Laura B
San Francisco
3583 posts

Orvieto is a one-renter town -- Hertz. We dropped off there after renting in Florence, worked okay and easy walk to rhe train station for our continued travel.

Posted by Becky
seattle
1104 posts

We found the DK Eyewitness Backroads Northern Italy guidebook to have great ideas for smaller roads and sites worth visiting in Tuscany.

Posted by mreynolds
Boston, MA
1545 posts

Sounds easy enough.
Driving should be no problem for you (or anyone else who researches these things and avoids potential problem spots)

As mentioned above me, Orvieto and north is easy driving but only one company has an agency in that town and it is a small location for them (Hertz).
Someone else mentioned the other day that AutoEurope who many of us use/like stopped dealing with this Hertz office for some reason.

Dropping off either use Pisa or just drop off in La Speiza if that is your next destination.