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Six days road trip from Venice to Florence

Penang, Malaysia
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Six days road trip from Venice to Florence

After our holiday in Venice,we plan to self-drive a rented car to Lake Garda for a couple of days.

We would appreciate some sound advice and suggestions how to navigate our way to Florence where we intend to return the car before entering the city.

While we have the car, we intend to make stopover & stay at Pisa, Cinque Terre & countryside driving in Tuscany. We are two young students planning summer vacation with mum & dad.

Thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Six days road trip from Venice to Florence

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2. Re: Six days road trip from Venice to Florence

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3. Re: Six days road trip from Venice to Florence

Make sure you have some sort of a GPS device. It will be better than any navigation suggestions.

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4. Re: Six days road trip from Venice to Florence

Anna G,

"Make sure you have some sort of a GPS device. It will be better than any navigation suggestions."

I couldn't disagree more.

We've had a whole lot of experience driving in Italy -- and Spain, and France, and the UK, and the US, and on and on. We still use them when in desperation and as a backup.

In the first place, it's vital to note that no GPS I know of is aware of things like ZTLs and reserved bus lanes. And those that have warnings about speed cameras, accidents on the road, police speed traps, etc., are wildly erratic.

And we have frequently had disastrous results -- or would have had them if we had followed the directions given by one -- or sometimes two -- separate gizmos.

One time, when we were off the map in southern Tuscany, we wound up late on a moonless night in a cornfield -- far from any paved road, surrounded on both sides by deep ditches, and with a huge, impenetrable fence in front of us. We had to back up, with my wife tiptoeing through muck, using her cell phone as a flashlight, for about a kilometer, until we got to a space wide enough to make a u-turn.

A GPS told us to take a sharp right turn in the middle of a tunnel. Another time, one told us to turn off the Amalfi Coast and into the sea.

The two GPS systems we use always get totally lost on the short and uncomplicated drive from Greve to Florence -- taking us about an hour out of our way.

In short, when they work, they're great. When they don't work, they're a disaster.

I would suggest that anybody doing a long drive anywhere do some serious research on good quality maps -- have them on hand at all times, and use the GPS as a backup.

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