Four of us are traveling throughout Provence and then to Florence. Two are older teens and could drive(attaining permit soon) and two are adults who will be the only ones paying. I would rather plan my own two days and see only what we want at our ouwn pace. I researcher drivers and they look too costly for the ones I found. I wouldnot mind driving. I think the day trips by bus may not stop as many places or stop where we don't want to spend time(don't know though. I'm still looking for companies that offer various trips. What's your advice? Thanks!!
A car to explore Provence, no question. It will greatly extend your reach, and will let you chose almost anywhere as a home base.
I'm not sure of your best strategy for getting to Florence. A train might be a little pricier (or maybe not) than driving, but maybe worth it. Perhaps a night train? It depends on your plans and expectations.
Note that there might be resctrictions on young drivers with your rental company--better check if that is important.
My wife and I and our adult daughter drove through Provence in 2005. Having a car was the perfect way to see the countryside and villages at our own pace. For three or four people, it's no more expensive than the train or bus. Be sure you pack light and choose your car carefully. Some cars that comfortably seat four people are somewhat limited on luggage space.
The minimum age for renting a car in France is 21. However, I don't know if extra drivers also have to be 21. I suggest you call AutoEurope (1-888-223-5555)and ask.
While there usually is no extra charge for picking up a car in one city and dropping it off in another in the same country, there is a BIG fee for starting and ending in different countries. Again, talk to AutoEurope. If you want to have a car in Italy, taking the train from Nice to Florence and picking up a car there might be a good way to go.