By Car, Florence
Italy has an excellent network of motorways (autostrada), the main north–south link being the Autostrada del Sole, or A1, which links Milan with Reggio Calabria in the toe of Italy. Speed limits on motorways are 130kph (81mph) for cars of 1100cc or more and 110kph (68mph) for smaller cars.
All motorways are tolled; driving from Florence to Rome will cost approximately L25,000/EUR13. Those on a budget may prefer the strade statali (SS), which are toll free and are often fast, multi-lane carriageways. The speed limit on these roads is 110kph (68mph) – too slow for the speed-obsessed Italians and therefore a more leisurely drive for the rest of the world. Strade bianche, small country roads, abound in the countryside around Florence and are well worth exploring for their picture postcard views of the Italian countryside.
Routes to the city: The central road artery of Italy, the A1, links Florence to Milan, Bologna, Rome and Naples. Depending on the direction of approach, access is via the first exit marked Firenze (Nord or Sud), then signs for the city centre are marked (centro). There are tourist offices on the A1 north and south of the city, if navigation proves tricky. The Autostrada del Mare (A11) is the main road to Pisa and the coast, linking the city to Tuscan towns such as Lucca, Prato and Siena.
Driving times to Florence: From Bologna – 1 hour; Rome – 2 hours; Milan – 3 hours.
You don't really need a car in Florence, but if you decide to get one, I'd recommend renting a small one. It'll be much easier to find parking spaces. Now, the car in the picture might be the extreme, but we did see several locals driving these buggies around.
NOT by car. If you are not used to drive in the Italian traffic you better keep yourself outside of Firenze.....There are so many one way streets that it´s hard to find your way... When you think you have a plan how to drive from one point to another it´s soon will be useless cause there will be a one way road in the wrong direction.....
The main station is situated right in the city center....
By foot or bus......The Italian are taking their Vespas! Best choice!
Drive there and leave you car in a garage. Walk everywhere. Or better yet take a train.
Parking is hard so arrange for garage service through your hotel. Yes, that is a car the size of a moped in the picture!!! That way they can put it in a small space.
Travelling around Tuscany in a car could be a bit of an obstacle. If you decide to see Lucca, Pisa, Siena or San Gimagnano you'll probably come across quite a few rural roads which are slow and winding. However the scenery is really nice which should make up for the extra time spent travelling.
How to get around, are you wondering? Ooohh..by car, by car, BY CAR, this is the order :-). Seriously, just in this way you'll be able to try all the shades, the changing landscapes, the awesome dramatic skylines, the breathtaking little towns appearing on the hill beneath the last bend of the road...
I would not want to drive around the city of Florence but if you had to do it, wouldn't this be the coolest.
... and only a car provided the freedom to discover the villages in Chianti where we tasted and bought wine.