we have a house in Camaiore for a week. will we need to rent a car or can we relay on bus and trains to explore Tuscany?
You can certainly use public transport. However, it is time consuming and Camaiore is not exactly a major hub, so you would spend a lot of time either waiting for, connecting to or being on busses and/or trains.
To explore Tuscany it is easier to have your own car. A friend of mine told me last week, that after extensive research she found Europecar worked well for her pricewise.
Hope this helps
I would say that Daniela is right.
As you will recall from the answer I gave you at http://forum.virtualtourist.com/discussion-479218-1-1-Travel-0-61-Tuscany-discussion.html
your ease of travel will be affected by three things:
1. Where your house actually is (i.e., is it in Camaiore or Lido di Camaiore? is it in town near the bus stop or down a country road outside of town? etc.)
2. How long you have to wait for buses (see the link above); note that bus schedules will almost certainly be reduced on Sundays and holidays.
3. How long it takes you to wait for the next train at Viareggio or whatever train station you take the bus to...from which you may likely have to make a change at Pisa to get into the interior of Tuscany.
By the time you executed 1, 2, and 3 in order to get on a train at Viareggio, by car, you could have been already at your destination in Tuscany (OK, that's an exaggeration for many places...but not by much)...
I echo the sentiments of your earlier posts.
Europe car is fairly inexpensive. I took a GPS which was loaded with European maps, and that made it easy to map a trip. The italian roads are very good, and the autostrada will transport you easily to your destination. The turnabouts are a bit confusing with the GPS, so keep your eye on the signs!
The car gives you freedom, and being adventurous will allow you to see and do more. I have driven a stick each time i went, so make sure you know how to or ask for an automatic
Grazie, maestro :-)
Il mio piacere!
if you are in camaiore i strongly suggest you need a car ;-)
the most beautiful parts of my region can only be explored by car