We will be arriving by car to Florence and I'm trying to find a hotel. I'm worried about the 100 euro fine for crossing into the ZTL. One hotel I contacted said that they will acquire authorization for my car. Has anyone done this? How did it work? Would I be better off staying outside the ZTL?
How do you make sure that the hotel does this? I won't know the license plate number of the rental car until a few days before we arrive.
I'd be surprised if you know the license number until you actually pick up the car. When you check in, give them the plate number, then they'll take care of it. The sequence of the way it works is that data is collected (plate numbers from the cameras), then it's culled against waivers/excuses (from the hotels/car rental places) and fines go out to the rest. I have no reason to believe that this process happens every day, nor an idea of how often it happens. I do know that if the hotel reports it, you have nothing to worry about it. Tell them to do it the day you arrive. Ask them the next day if they took care of it.
The ZTL law does permit you to enter to stay at a hotel or frequent a place of business. As mentioned above, the information on your car must be reported to the polce. Most reputable places will do this for you upon request.
All you'll need to do is make sure they, in fact, actually do it (i.e., not forget). It's a very usual practice. I sure wouldn't make a simple ztl protocol a factor for hotel selection.
Thanks! I've been a bit freaked out about the whole ZTL thing but it sounds like it's manageable. I'll go ahead and book the hotel I was looking at!