I started this thread and have just returned from driving in Italy. We rented a car in Pisa and drove south to Cecina/Populonia area. I had no problems at all, was surprised. Its true that roads are narrow, cars are small, speed is …
Grazie Goldrake75 and Guest,
I will proceed with car rental and expect what you suggest. I forgot that I also drove a taxi in Boston, maybe this has some of the rudeness and craziness of that experience.