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Moving around Tuscany by car

Touring Tuscany with your own means of transportation gives you maximum flexibility.


Touring Tuscany with your own means of transportation gives you maximum flexibility. The main roads are good if often busy. The traffic around Florence, on the autostrade and superstrada between Florence and Siena can be intense.

Remember that the autostrade are toll roads, but there aren't that many in Tuscany. The backbone of the Italian motorway system, the A1 (Autostrada del Sole) goes from Bologna through northern Tuscany, swings around Florence and heads southeast towards Arezzo and Cortona before continuing on to Rome. Off the A1, the Autostrada Firenze Mare A11 motorway connects Florence to Lucca/Pisa and the Autostrada A12 motorway moves along the seacoast from Genoa and La Spezia through Viareggio, Pisa and Livorno. The road continues all the way to Rome but at Rosignano Marittimo, south of Livorno, the roadway ends and the road continues along the Via Aurelia.

Moving around Tuscany by car

A couple of four-lane, toll free roads do exist as alternatives to the autostrade. For example, the SS1 (Via Aurelia) along the coast is four lanes almost all the way from Livorno Sud (south) down to Tuscany's southern border with Lazio. The SGC highway (known as the Fi-Pi-Li) connects Florence, Pisa and Livorno. The SS2, also called La Cassia or Senese, links Florence and Siena although this is only a two lane road.

Away from the main centers, the smaller back roads frequently offer pretty drives but be prepared to take your time. Progress around Tuscany's winding roads can be slow.

For traffic information, you can call CIS Viaggiare Informati at 1518, a number active 24 hours a day.

Roads from - to
SGC Firenze-Pisa-Livorno
(dual carriageway)
Motorways A1 A11 A12, Firenze, Empoli, Siena, Pontedera, Valdera, Livorno
SS 1 Aurelia (state road) Rome, Grosseto, Livorno, Viareggio, Versilia, Massa, Carrara, La Spezia, Genoa, Motorway A11
SS 12 dell'Abetone e del Brennero
(state road)
Lucca, Garfagnana, Abetone, Modena
SS 224 (state road) Marina di Pisa, Tirrenia, Valdera, Porto di Livorno
SS 67 (state road) Florence, Empoli, Siena, San Miniato, Pontedera, Valdera, Volterra
SS 206 (state road) Cecina, Castagneto Carducci, San Vincenzo
SS 2 (state road) Florence, Poggibonsi, Siena
Motorways from - to
A12 (toll road) Rosignano, La Spezia, Parma, Genoa
A11 (toll road) Bologna and Rome (A1 motorway), Firenze, Prato, Pistoia, Montecatini, Lucca
A1 (toll road) Bologna, Florence, Siena, Arezzo, Cortona


Basic Road Rules

  • In towns, speed limit is 50 km/hr rising to 70 km/hr on secondary roads and 110 km/hr on autostrade.
  • Outside of city centers, all cars and motorcycles need to use headlights.
  • Roundabouts are common. Cars already on the roundabout generally have the right of way, but this is not always the case. Pay attention to local example.

Gasoline
Gasoline (benzina) in Italy is among the most expensive in Europe. Prices have been around € 1,25 per liter lately for unleaded (senza piombo) (about $5 per gallon)! Stations along the autostrade generally cost up to 10 cents more per liter.

Stations on the autostrade are open 24 hours a day. Otherwise, hours tend to be from 7.00 am to 12.30 pm and from 3.30 to 7.00 pm. Many are closed on Sundays and holidays, and those that open then are then closed on Mondays. Don't assume you can't fuel up if the station is closed; many have a self-service pump that accepts bank notes.

Breakdown, Accident or Emergency
As a rule, holders of auto insurance with foreign organizations such as AAA (USA), AA (UK) or RAC will be provided with an emergency assistance number while travelling in Italy. You can also call the Automobile Club d'Italia (ACI) for roadside assistance and a tow by calling 116. If you have the appropriate insurance, you should be covered. It is likely in any case that an ACI truck will show up regardless of the number you use.
For more serious trouble, call the Police at 113, Fire department at 115 or Ambulance at 118.

City Driving

In general, in most cities you should park your car and forget about it. Driving in the historical center of most towns is either banned or restricted and finding a legal parking spot can be a nightmare. Until you know your way around, park in a designated metered parking area or parking station. If you leave the car away from the center, you can generally find free street parking.
When you do drive around in the cities, it will be a bit chaotic and unnerving initially. Road rules and traffic lights are generally respected, but many drivers will drive very close to you (not respecting safe stopping distances) and many double park (as a way to resolve the problem of looking for and not finding a parking spot).
Never leave anything valuable in your parked vehicle. When possible, do not leave anything in the car AT ALL because the sight of suitcases or bags invites thieves.

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Accommodations in the area

  • Il Convento di Monte Pozzali Farmhouse Massa Marittima Grosseto Il Convento di Monte Pozzali
    The convent of Monte Pozzali is an ancient monastery dating from the 12th century which has been completely renovated into a welcoming country residence.
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  • B&B Giardino dei Sugheri Bed Breakfast Scarlino Grosseto B&B Giardino dei Sugheri
    Bed Breakfast Giardino dei Sugheri is located in Maremma Tuscany and is the result of a careful restructuring which gave new life to an old farmhouse in the heart of Tuscany.
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  • La Pieve Farmhouse Colle Val D'Elsa Siena La Pieve
    La Pieve, charming farmhouse located on the hills of Val d'Elsa, between Volterra and San Gimignano, along the Via Francigena, in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, with its luxuriant nature and rich history.
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  • Podere Vignanova Relais Castagneto Carducci Livorno Podere Vignanova
    Podere Vignanova, little charming resort in Tuscany, in one of the more enchanting corners of the Etruscan coast, where vineyards with wines which are conquering the world.
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  • Relais della Rovere Relais Colle Val D'Elsa Siena Relais della Rovere
    The Relais Della Rovere is a charming hotel created from the conversion of an ancient Benedictine abbey and a papal villa of the Renaissance period.
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  • Agriturismo Marciano Farmhouse Siena Siena Agriturismo Marciano
    Agriturimo Marciano : an exlusive opportunity, two holidays at the place of only one. stay in the country and life downtown. Marciano is located near the walls of the Middle Age town of Siena.
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  • B&B la Fornace di Racciano Bed Breakfast San Gimignano Siena B&B la Fornace di Racciano
    La Fornace di Racciano is a lovely Bed&Breakfast a short distance from the historical centre of medieval San Gimignano. It consists of a typical Tuscan country house surrounded by a large flowery garden.
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  • Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto Farmhouse San Gimignano Siena Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto
    Agriturismo Villa il Palagetto located in the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside.
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  • Poggio all'Agnello Holiday Resort Resort Piombino Livorno Poggio all'Agnello Holiday Resort
    Surrounded by sea and nature of the Etruscan Coast, the Poggio all'Agnello Residential Resort Country & Beach is a large holiday resort in Tuscany complete with all services and facilities.
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  • Agriturismo la Lucciolaia Farmhouse San Gimignano Siena Agriturismo la Lucciolaia
    In the vicinity of the medieval centre of San Gimignano, nestled in the rolling hills of the gorgeous Tuscan countryside, Agriturismo La Lucciolaia is perfectly located for exploring Tuscany's most prized art towns.
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  • Tombolo Talasso Resort Resort Castagneto Carducci Livorno Tombolo Talasso Resort
    The Tombolo Talasso Resort is the perfect solution for a beach holiday in Tuscany, the only hotel in Tuscany that offers a SPA completely dedicated to thalassotherapy
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  • Agriturismo Cesani Farmhouse San Gimignano Siena Agriturismo Cesani
    Azienda Agricola Biologica Cesani is an organic farm nestled in the rolling hills of the Tuscan countryside, in the tiny country hamlet of Pancole, 6 km to the medieval town of San Gimignano.
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    In the hearth of Tuscany, less than 1 km far from Montaione, are displaced the holiday cottages of La Valle.
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  • Fignano Villa Montaione Florence Fignano
    Set among the green hills of Tuscan countryside, 3 Km far from Montaione, are displaced the holiday cottages of Fignano.
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  • La Locanda Hotel Radda in Chianti Siena La Locanda
    The Country Hotel La Locanda is a old farmhouse completely restored overlooking the most beautiful landscape of Chianti Classico near the beautiful medieval village of Volpaia in Radda in Chianti.
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    The farmhouse Castello di Catabbiaccio is located just 12 Km from Saturnia hot weather spa and 20 Km from important centres of etruscan civilisation like Sovana, Pitigliano and Sorano.
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