Honeymoon in Tuscany and qualified driving license
Replies: 9 - Last Post: Aug 10, 2012 2:08 PM Last Post By: battybilly
Aug 9, 2012 1:12 PM
Honeymoon in Tuscany and qualified driving licenseHi! I'm going to visit Tuscany with my wife for Honeymoon. I love to travel in the countryside so I 'm going to rent a car.
Firstly, I 'm asking if my Greek driving license (year of registration:1999) is accepted to Car hiring companies (e.g. Hertz) in Italy or do I have to get a new electronic one.
Secondly, we 'll spend 9 nights in Italy and mostly in Tuscany. So, I need advices on how to spend these days. Is it preferable to split them and spend some in Tuscany countryside and some other to Florence, Siena or Rome?
Thank you in advance,
Aug 9, 2012 1:26 PM
Aug 9, 2012 2:38 PM
2Congratulations and good luck!
Check with the hire car company about your licence - my recent experience in Italy (I hire 4 or 5 times there each year) is that they only want the plastic pink EU photo licence, not the paper version - recently I've not even tried offering the paper one.
Are you able to fly into Pisa or Florence - Pisa is a good airport for visiting Tuscany. How long you spend in cities depends on your interests, but most people would suggest 2 days in Florence and at least one in Siena. Lucca is nice too, but the countryside around Siena is what most people think of as being typical Tuscany. Have you thought about spending a few nights at an agriturismo?
Aug 10, 2012 4:04 AM
Aug 10, 2012 4:07 AM
4I think you should decide where you go for your honeymoon, not your travel agent!! (well, I guess he isn't coming as well??)
If you and your new wife like the countryside, then I think you've got a great plan - go for it! I would strongly advise you NOT to drive into Florence city centre, but park on the edge of the city and take a bus or tram. In Siena, you can only drive as far as the city walls - only residents with a special permit can drive into the city - but with luck you should find parking within walking distance .
In addition to the list of places you mention, Lake Trasimeno is also very nice - try Castiglione or Passignano, as well as Arezzo and Sansepulcro, east of Florence in the Apennine hills
Aug 10, 2012 6:08 AM
5I must agree with your point that me and my wife are those who decide first but my travel agent is based on the fact that noone of us has ever travelled in Italy again, and so she claims that she has a better knowledge and experience of the place.
Finally, do you know any local restaurants serving traditional food & wine (not those for tourists where all the staff speaks at least the enlgish language and everything is so perfect looking like "fake"...)
Forgive me for making so many questions but I 'm travelling there in 15 days and I still didn't make any reservation so I feel a little bit stressed.
Thanks for all,
Aug 10, 2012 10:11 AM
6So soon?? Wow - you need to get booking as it is the busy holiday season!
Away from the big cities like Florence and Siena, most local restaurants will be aimed at Italians- both residents and tourists - but really if you are going so soon you need to get your hotels / agriturismo sorted. Best of Luck!!
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