We fly in to Bari and need to get to the coast near Nardo on Sept 17, 2011 to our timeshare. We are concerned about renting a car as we don't speak the language and have heard stories about the aggressive driving. We would like to hire a taxi or a driver to take us to our resort. We don't want anything fancy. Can anyone recommend someone? Would a taxi take us that far?
Then after a few days we would like to rent a car in Nardo to see the local sites. Does anyone know if Nardo has car rentals?
If anyone has any comments about this region we would love to see them. Thanks!!
To be honest, although I haven't made this drive, it looks like the drive from Bari's airport (is that where you're coming in) to Nardo looks pretty straightforward. At the airport in Bari, you get on the highway right outside the airport, then take in all the way down the coast until Lecce, then you cut across the "heel" to Nardo.
Italian driving on the highways is actually pretty sensible as people who want to go fast get over to the left lanes and people who don't stay on the right...there's none of this passing on the right that we see in North America.
The problem with the taxi or limo is that it's about 180 kilometers (almost 110 miles) each way, and the taxi will charge you fare for both directions (since he'll have to drive back empty)...so the total cost will be, say 300+ euro (by comparison, Civitavecchia to Rome is at least 99 euro, and it's only 70 kms/42 miles).
Really, what you think of aggressive driving is more in the urban areas than on the highways...driving to Nardo is not so unreasonable since the highway doesn't go through most of the cities on the way, but circles around the cities on "tangenziali" (loops around a city).
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