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Trains in Italy, car in Tuscany/Umbria

I am visiting Italy for the first time this summer and am wondering about the train\railpass system. What is the best railpass to purchase for Italy. (I cross into Germany eventually for a prepaid flight home) Should I just purchase ticket by ticket? I am also interested in the hill towns of Umbria and Tuscany. I have heard these are better in a car. Can I rent a car in Sienna or would I have to drive from Florence? What is the best way to rent a car? (I'm assuming the country driving in italy is not that crazy)

Posted by
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My experience with Italy is that point to point tickets (or a kilometric pass) are a much better bargain. Siena and Florence are easy by train -- but I haven't done Umbria yet.

Posted by
28 posts

Do you need to reserve tickets in advance?

Posted by
525 posts

Hi Nick,
Go to AutoEurope to look at renting a car. We are picking up a rental car in La Spezia and returning it in Orvieto. AutoEurope has LOTS of pick up and drop off sites. I believe there is an office in Siena. You can also keep checking the prices after you rent and if you find a rate lower, AutoEurope will adjust your rate. We paid by credit card and they credited our car from $303.00 to $262.00. we've rented from Autoeurope several times and have not had any problems.
Good luck.

Posted by
831 posts

If a railpass in Italy makes economic sense you are travelling too much. Point to point tickets are cheap and easy. Unless you are travelling on a weekend or holiday there is no need to reserve in advance. If you do need to reserve in advance a day or two is sufficent. You can get tickets at any station or at travel agents with an FS in the window.

A car is better for hilltowns in Tuscany and Umbria because many don't have rail stations and buses are infrequent. Siena has an Avia, Hertz, and Eurocar office. See Autoeurope, a broker, for prices. Driving outside the big cities is easy.