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Florence Car hire for 6 people

Earlston, United...
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Florence Car hire for 6 people

Hi all!

Myself and 5 others are coming to Italy for a 2 week holiday in August (very excited!!). We are starting off in Venice for 2 nights then heading to Florence for 5 nights before spending the second week in Tuscany.

We want to hire a car in Florence to drive to the house we have rented in Tuscany and then will need to return it at Bologna Airport after a week.

We only have 1 person who will be able to drive so hiring 2 cars is not an option. We’ve had a quick look online but are struggling to find somewhere that gives prices for larger cars.

Has anyone done something similar that can point us in the direction of what companies to look at? We don’t have a budget but know it will be expensive.

Any help will be much appreciated!


Laura x

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Ottawa, Canada
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1. Re: Florence Car hire for 6 people

You are already running late for such a car as August is peak time also for families.

I suggest you don't restrict yourself to any company just go with a large international one (more choices and more cars) and book it. After all you are 6 to divide the cost.

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2. Re: Florence Car hire for 6 people

Last week, I saw 10 adults climbing into the very biggest van I have ever seen.

They were picking it up at Hertz, in the Borg'Ognissanti, a five-minute walk south of the main Florence railroad station.

San Diego...
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3. Re: Florence Car hire for 6 people

Consider renting from a major car rental company (Hertz/Avis) from the Florence Airport as they have expanded hours/days and inventory. I have been an occasional visitor to Florence since 1967 and I now refuse to drive near central Florence. The city of Florence does not want your to drive in that area and if you do and make a wrong turn of drive in the wrong lane, it will cost you upwards of E200 in fines and fees. I have a saying, "That a leading causes of divorce is home improvement and driving in Florence".

Adelaide, Australia
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4. Re: Florence Car hire for 6 people

Check for a people mover rental Florence airport drop off Bologna www.auto-europe.co.uk

Route planner www.viamichelin.com

Be aware of traffic restrictions and ZTL areas in Italy, read Top Questions "Driving in Italy", avoid city centres

www.venice-tourism.com www.visitflorence.com www.discovertuscany.com www.welcomebologna.com/en

Edited: 14 May 2018, 10:00
Earlston, United...
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5. Re: Florence Car hire for 6 people

Hi All!

Thanks so much for you suggestions and advice! We managed to book a car through British Airways which had come down in price by £300 since the day before when we found it!

Luckily the person driving is quite experienced in driving in different countries but I have passed on advice about driving in the centre of Florence!

We have now finished booking all important pieces such as Accomodation, travel etc so now the countdown begins!!

Thanks again for your help!

San Diego...
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6. Re: Florence Car hire for 6 people

Although I have experience driving in many different countries, including Italy, I draw the line to driving in or near central Florence. I hope you are picking up the rental at the location near the Florence airport.

Just wondering, which rental company did British Airways book you through?

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7. Re: Florence Car hire for 6 people

The airport location mentioned is at Via Palagio degli Spini, best reached by cab.

You may be renting from a bad company:


If one of the worst ones, crouch down and look for a scratch under the front bumper.

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8. Re: Florence Car hire for 6 people


Yes we are picking up the rental car at the airport. It is through Avis! A friend recommended booking through British airways as they have never had any problems so fingers crossed it all goes smoothly!

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10. Re: Florence Car hire for 6 people

what company would you suggest from port at Civitavecchia to Florence & back to port?

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