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The Toscana Region of Italy

How to Travel in Toscana

Toscana is a much-visited part of Italy by travelers of many nationalities. In general, most of the inhabitants of Toscana have a general knowledge of English. English is now taught in the earliest grades of elementary school. The Tuscans are accustomed to foreigners in their land..


Driving in Toscana

Driving in Toscana is a good alternative to taking the train when you have two or more persons in the car, and are able to use a manual transmission. Automatic transmissions are available, but they are very pricey! Traveling by car gives you the most freedom, especially if you wish to visit some of the very picturesque little hill towns and the Tuscan countryside.

 

1. A rental car is a good choice, but remember that CDW is mandatory and you will have to pay a daily road tax of 3.5 euros currently and a VAT tax of 20% currently on goods and services.

 

2. You can choose to rent a car that uses diesel fuel (commonly called "gas olio") which may be slightly cheaper that regular gas (called "benzina").Expect to pay about $7.50 per gallon. Rental cars are readily available and you can easily rent one at the airport, Amerigo Vespucci on the outskirts of Firenze (Florence) or in many locations in the center city.

 

Cars are great for traveling distances or from one city to another, and we would not recommend cars in the cities of Toscana because most of the city centers prohibit cars, and parking is impossible and costly. Public transportation is excellent, and Firenze also offers the Tramvia as noted on the getting around page. So, return your car when you arrive at the destination and rent another when you want to leave. It's less expensive that way!

 

Museum and Church Visits

 

 

When planning museum or church visits in all of Italy, and Florence in particular, you must make an online reservation and purchase your tickets online when possible. Toscana has so many visitors each year that this a requirement for admission to its numerous museums and churches. The web site at the left contains all the information you need to purchase your tickets.

 

Be sure you check the opening and closing dates and times because Italy has so many holidays. Here's a tip: make your reservation as early as possible, and you may avoid the crowds.

 

Toscana has many local festivals and sagra, especially in the summer (look for posters announcing these events). Festivals are a free source of entertainment and there's often inexpensive local food, a good place to try regional specialties. On June 24th, the feast of St John the Baptist (the Patron Saint of Florence) "calcio in costume" i.e. soccer in costume is held in Piazza Santa Croce, Firenze. There are many other festivals including the Florence Gelato Festival, usually around the end of May in Piazza Santa Maria Novella, Piazza della Republica and Piazza Strozzi. and there are many more festivals.

 

 

 

In Italy, if you bring your laptop or netbook, you can generally find internet access in local bars, cafes, and hotels, as well as at airports, train stations and on the autostrada (highway). It is inexpensive, costing about 1 euro per half hour or you may be required to purchase a cappucino, coffee or food.

 

 


 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


The Museums in Florence web site


The About Siena web site


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