Driving from Rome to Greve in Chianti
Replies: 8 - Last Post: Apr 3, 2013 4:40 AM Last Post By: MTL
Apr 1, 2013 11:13 PM
Driving from Rome to Greve in ChiantiMy husband and I will be driving from Rome to Grieve in Chianti on 5th September this year, exploring the countryside by car for a few days and then dropping our car in La Spezia on the 9th September. I just want to run this by Thorntree travellers to spot any potential problems in advance and to see if anyone has any advice on the route.
The exact pickup location in Rome is To Be Advised as I believe Avis (who we have done the rental through) has several pick up options. I will be checking on this. The car can be picked up at noon.
This is where we are staying- http://www.vicchiomaggio.it/eng/our_location.html
I have run the route through viamichelin.com and also through my iphone map (*Insert disclaimer about apple maps being notoriously unreliable here*) and both seem to say the trip should take around 3 hours 30 mins on the A1. My main question is do you think this is a realistic time frame? Or have they given a best case scenario estimate? I want to make sure we aren't trying to find our accommodation in the dark.
Does anybody have any advice on the route? It looks like there are several different ways we could go. Some may be more pleasant than others. Or the tolls? I've seen the toll stations and I assume I can pay by cash? Or is there a better way of doing it?
Apr 1, 2013 11:32 PM
1Since September 5th is a week day there should't be problems. I tried with via michelin myself and the result is : 3'23 for 273 km on A1, and that's realistic. And since you have some days based in the countryside and a car to visit it, I think it's worth to choose the fastest itinerary - and that's the A1.
It really depends on where you'll pick up your car in Rome, it may require quite a lot of time to get out of the city on the infamous Raccordo Anulare (Rome ring road) - but again, you will be travelling out of the rush hours.
You can pay cash at the toll stations on the motorway, but also by credit/debit card. The price is exactly the same.
Apr 2, 2013 2:34 AM
Apr 2, 2013 5:25 AM
3When I drive from Fiumicino airport to near Orvieto, it usually takes about 90 minutes, and less than another 2 hours on to Florence, so 3 1/2 hours sounds about right, assuming no traffic delays and no time for refuelling either yourself or the car. Though the obvious way is straight up the A1, as a tourist, the problem is that you're driving straight past all that wonderful scenery - and it would be difficult to recommend an alternative without knowing where you are starting from. One possibility would be to find your way on to the SS2 Via Cassia - you could turn off the A1 at Orte and take the turning for Viterbo, from where it is signposted for Siena. This is the "old" main road from Rome via Siena to Florence, and runs not too far from Greve. Finding your way round Viterbo and Siena will be the difficult bit but both have by-passes so you won't need to drive through the cities.
Re the tolls on the autostrada, you can pay cash to a person if you look for the sign which shows a hand with some coins. Without the hand - just the coins - means throwing cash into a machine or using a credit card. Personally I find the hand easier, but expect the hand to be owned by a taciturn individual - it's not the most exciting job!
Apr 2, 2013 7:13 AM
43 1/2 hrs sounds right but you'll be passing by the best scenery Tuscany has to offer- on the highway. So I would not recommend this.
From Rome, follow the ss2 Cassia for an attractive route that passes some gems in Northen Lazio (Lago Bracciano, Sutri, Montefiascone, Bolsena,) before ending up in the most scenic part of Tuscany, the Val d'Orcia (San Quirico, Bagno Vignoni, Pienza, Montalcino, etc). All these places could be great overnight stops or a base for several nights.
see my post here:
Alternatively, take the highway to Civitiavechhia/Orbetello and either turn at Tarquinia (one of the best sights in Italy IMHO) and then Tuscania, Bolsena, and the SS2. Or further up to go to Pitigliano/Saturnia/Monte Amiata.
Most regulars here find that http://www.economycarrentals.com/ and http://www.autoeurope.com/ offer better prices than booking directly with the likes of Avis.
Tolls on the highway can be paid by credit card.
Apr 2, 2013 6:21 PM
Apr 2, 2013 11:54 PM
Apr 3, 2013 2:15 AM
7Via Sardegna isn't too far from Stazione Termini (possiby not walking distance), but even better it goes almost directly on to the Via Salaria which goes straight out to the GRA (Rome's ring road) at junction 8.
If you are interested in following the Via Cassia SS2 you have two choices. For MTL's route in #4 above you need to join the westbound side (the far side as you approach) and go round to junction 3. That would be toll free. For the route I suggested in #3, you wouldn't actually join the GRA, because junctions 8, 9 and 10 all share the same slip road, and you need junction 10 for the A1 towards Firenze so just turn right on the slip road and follow the signs for Firenze, which will require you to move into the outside lane on the slip road.. The first 10 km or so are toll free but then you pick up a ticket at the booth and are tolled as far as Orte which will be around €4 or so, and will take about half an hour after you've picked up your ticket.
Apr 3, 2013 4:40 AM
8Via Sardegna is of Via Veneto- pretty central so you're roughly equidistant from most GRA exits. The easiest is to drive straight North and then get on the A1. I would still recommned exiting at Orte or Montepulciano to do the last stretch on the SS2 Cassia. Have a look at a map.
As I mentioned in the link I provided, you will be grateful if you bring/rent a GPS, both for getting out of Rome as well as for getting around Tuscany.
Also, your initial reply was kinda snappy- we're just trying to help and we're not clairvoyant so we can only respond to the info provided.
Out of curiosity, let us know how much you paid for that car. This info can be useful for other (or for yourself in the future) as we can compare different providers.
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