Discover Florence by car: football in historical costumes
Where art and football meet, that can only happen in Florence. Every year at the end of June there is a very special spectacle. Teams from the four historic districts compete in an unusual tournament – playing football in traditional costumes at Piazza Santa Croce according to rules from the 16th century. Four sides play this medieval variant of football , characterised by tough physicality and uninhibited body contact. In Florence it is not advisable to try to drive to Piazza Santa Croce, especially in the late afternoon, as not only are most of the streets in the old town closed to traffic, but in the evening the Florentines flock through the centre of town on foot or on bike to enjoy the free fireworks displays.
Touring in a car hired in Florence: the dream beaches of Viareggio
The seaside resorts of Tuscany are famous for their unique flair. Endless beaches and the blue waters of the Tyrrhenian Sea offer ideal conditions for chilling. Small bars and shops adorn the beach promenades, where people enjoy the warm summer evenings long after sunset.
One of the longest sandy beaches of Tuscany is in Viareggio, a small town north of Pisa. The fine sandy beach is some 200-m wide and offers plenty of space for sunbathing. You can reach Viareggio in about 2 hours by car from Florence. A beautiful ride that is even more magical in an open-top car.
By car in the countryside – Florence and the olive groves of Fiesole
The surrounding area of Florence is famous for its scenic beauty, perfect for relaxing excursions. Olive groves, cypresses, vineyards, romantic old villas with gardens of lemon trees, oleander and bougainvillea: Tuscany is a paradise for nature lovers. To get away from the hustle and bustle of the city, you can visit nearby Fiesole, where small charming shops and trattorias invite you to park, stretch your legs, stroll and relax.
From the car rental office in Florence you can reach Fiesole in about half an hour. If you want to visit ancient Etruscan sites, this is best done in the comfort and with all the flexibility of a hire car.