F L Y I N G I N
1 HR 40 drive
This is the closest airport to the venue . It is smaller than Rome’s airport and typically more expensive to fly into
from the US.
2 hr 30 m drive
Rome is a bit further than Florence, but has the most non-stop flights from the US. This means better prices and flight times.
2 hr 20 m drive
If you are traveling from other European cities, Pisa and Bologna can be cost efficient options. They are a quick train ride away.
B Y C A R
The easiest (and most beautiful) way to get around Tuscany is by car – this gives you the freedom to explore the entire region and get a feel for its charm.
Reserve a rental car in advance especially if you need an automatic vehicle. Manual transmissions are the norm and summer is a very popular season.
Pickup and drop-off at the airport for the best rates. Note that Rome airport rental lines can be very long. Preferred membership at Hertz or Avis is advised.
D R I V I N G T I P S
Italian drivers will ride your butt :) Don't worry, they will flash their lights and go around you at the first opportunity. Young and old, they all drive like this.
Map your destination while on WiFi/LTE. Even in city limits, there are areas of 3G or no service.
The A1 is the most direct toll highway to Montepulciano from Florence & Rome. When entering the tolls, ignore the Telepass lane. To exit, you can pay with cash or credit card.
There are speed cameras all over the A1, around small towns and on country roads. Don't speed!
B Y T R A I N
Italy’s train system makes it convenient to travel all over the country. Trentalia is Italy’s official rail company and tickets are cheapest directly through them.
If you plan to spend time in both Rome and Florence, a direct train is the easiest way to travel between the two cities. The train ride is 1 hr 30 m and leaves twice hourly.
There are regional trains to Montepulciano. Regional trains take longer as there are multiple stops. This is convenient for those that don’t want to rent a car, and plan to stay in region for only the wedding.
T R A I N T I P S
Do not purchase train tickets ahead of time for your arrival into Italy. It’s hard to tell how long it will take to clear customs. You can purchase tickets there at the red ‘Biglietti’ machines.
Is premier or 2nd class worth it? For long train rides and hauling a lot of luggage, we think it’s nice as the seats are roomier. You get free snacks and water which you may not have when leaving the airport.
Tickets need to be validated on the platform before boarding. How to validate and read train tickets.
Keep your train tickets, they will be checked on the train. You will also need them to exit the area at Rome airport.