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Hello Everyone,

I would appreciate any and all advice with this predicament. My original plan was to rent a car in Lucca and spend a week traveling through Tuscany and Umbria ending in Orvieto, at which point I would drop off the rental car and take a train to Rome to spend the next four days.

The problem is there aren't any reputable car rental agencies in Orvieto anymore. (Hertz is a nightmare I have learned from prior posts, Avis left and AutoEurope has no other options. The few other agencies that Google maps show, must be tiny local car rental agency as I have never heard of them and I prefer renting a vehicle from a well known entity.

My predicament is that I will now have to drop off the rental car in Rome, which doesn't excite me, and is especially of concern to my husband who will be our driver. Where I seek advice is where is the easiest place to drop off our car in or around Rome? Would FCO be a better choice than Termini? Better yet, is there an area or town right outside of the city that I could drop off a car? If Termini is the suggested option, how difficult is it get to Termini for first time Rome drivers?

And why we are on the topic of driving, everyone warns of ZTL and I feel I am missing something. In my mind, I just thought that you do your best to avoid entering into those areas, and if by chance you mistakenly enter a ZTL area, than you quickly exit and all is good. I am now starting to think that that is not how it works. Is the problem that if the above scenario happens, there is a camera that will catch you and you automatically get a ticket regardless if you entered the ZTL zone for a second by mistake? Are there other issues with ZTL's that I am missing???

Thank you in advance for your input. I can't express enough how much it helps to receive guidance from people that know the area. I am very grateful to anyone who responds.

Warmly,

Monique
Date: Oct 13, 2017   


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