Yes... Most people will want to rent a car when visiting
Tuscany. Cortona is centrally located in Tuscany and a mere 10 minutes from Il Rifugio by
car. In addition, visitors will find many wonderful places to explore within an hours
drive of Il Rifugio.
Depending on your situation, it is normally better to rent a car at the airport you will
be arriving and departing from if they are the same. The convenience of pick up and drop
off near the airport you are traveling to and from is usually better than the small
savings you might realize otherwise.
Although it is tempting, I defiantly would not advise renting a large van. Renting two
smaller cars allows you to have more freedom, they are easier to navigate and park on
small city streets and it doesn't cost that much more than renting a big van. Also, you do
need a little clearance under the car for some of the dirt roads you may have to travel
on. The last kilometer to Il Rifugio is a dirt road and it can be bumpy at times, so don't
rent something very low to the ground like a sports car. Just a normal small or midsize
car is fine.
Car rentals in Italy usually have standard shift cars and automatics are sometimes
difficult to come by so planning ahead is a good idea. Also remember that you are supposed
to have an International Driving Permit (IDP) to rent and drive a car in Europe. You can
get an IDP from your local AAA.
As parking is next to impossible in the larger cities, consider taking the train to places
south, like Rome or north to Florence. The smaller Tuscan hill towns often don't allow
traffic in the historic centers but usually have parking within a few blocks.
If you are arriving in Cortona by train or some other way please be aware that there are
not many car rental businesses in Cortona but you can check with the local travel agent.
Here name is Laura Casella and here is her email address: tuscan firstname.lastname@example.org
As with most things in Italy, plan far ahead for something important that you need and
following up several days before you need it.
Here is a link to the car rental page on our web site: Car Rentals