Alps to Rome, Car vs train

Jun 15th, 2002, 01:39 PM
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Alps to Rome, Car vs train

We will honeymoon in Italy in October. Our major points of interest are the drive from Turin to Valle D'Aosta where we will stay for three days. Next onto Florence/Tuscany/Assisi, then to Rome/Pompei. We cannot come up with the right combination to make our stay close to convenient. We don't want to spend all of our time on the road, but need cars for both the Alps, and for Tuscany. We are also trying to watch our budget. What is cheaper? Before I ramble on too long, I'll just ask. Is it better to rent the car to drive from the Alps to and through Tuscany/Florence/Assisi, or just do two separate daily rentals in each area? Does train travel save that much time? Please help, we've never been to Europe. Since it is our honeymoon we don't want to screw ourselves up by taking the wrong path in our nine day adventure. We don't want to tour the museums with our luggage, or end up shorted financially due to poor planning. Also, are there smaller, simpler, less expensive trains from Rome to Pompei, or Florence to Assisi, that we can just get while we are there, or do I have to book it from here? Can we just grab a little tour from Rome or Florence for these side trips, or should that be pre-booked too? None of the packages for cars and trains seem to fit our needs, unless I'm just reading it wrong. From this note you can see how confused and scattered we are. Any knowledge you can share is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
 
Jun 15th, 2002, 02:49 PM
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Your trip description started out SO good - - but then I hit the words "nine days". At the very least, Rome or Pompeii (or both) will need to be cut out. Or cut out two of these three: Assisi, Rome or Pompeii.

You don't clarify how you are getting to Turin. Is this your entry point into Europe? Unusual, but possible, I guess (via London or Paris or other gateway cities). I would vote in favor of a seven day car rental, ending in Florence (or Rome) - - then the final two days in Rome. I think that you are right - - none of the "packages" are a "dead-on" fit for your needs

If you have made decisions as specific as flying into Turin, does that mean you have locked in a departure city also? Offering a constructive critique of a plan is best done with a better understanding of what you have already planned, and can not easily change.

Whatever your decisions, congratulations on your new life in marriage.

And best wishes,

Rex
 
Jun 16th, 2002, 04:29 AM
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topping, for Biz
 
Jun 16th, 2002, 08:57 AM
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What is topping?
 
Jun 16th, 2002, 09:03 AM
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Topping means adding any insignificant new post so that the thread comes back "up to the top" (on the left hand column).

In this case, topping "for Biz" means bringing back up to the top for YOUR benefit, Biz, so that you could find this "thread" again more easily.
 
Jun 16th, 2002, 10:37 AM
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Well thank you for the topping then. : )
Rex, thank you for your response as well. I know we are trying to do too much, but this may be our only opportunity to see Italy before we retire in 35 years. So you see my dilemma. If we fly into Turin, and leave from Rome that will save us some travel time, and cost. We have nine actual days of vacation. I'm not including the entire days it will take us to get there from Florida and back. So if we leave at midnight on the 10th day, we have an extra day to do something. How long do the excursions to Assisi and Pompei take from Florence and Rome? Are they entire days, or half days. Is there convenient public transportation, or is it better to use the fast train passes? We don't tend to linger. We see, contemplate briefly, take a picture, and move on. Nothing is planned yet. I have all the books, and have surfed many of the sites. Finding this site was a godsend, since the books really don't answer specifics like these. I find it much too painful to take your advice on dropping Pompei, Assisi or Rome. So that is why I'm asking how long these excursions are. I'm trying to pull a miracle. As my plan stands now, I've got two long train rides, maybe two short(Assisi/Pompei), three day car rental in Aosta, and one day car rental in Tuscany for Umbria region. I think I can find a train/car package that will add a couple days car rental to it. We did our budget, and it's not as impossible to do that as I thought. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on this. Thanks
 
Jun 17th, 2002, 06:45 AM
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Hello Biz,

Assisi can be done by train as a day-trip from Florence or Assisi. Journey time varies depending on your departure time:

The fastest journey time from Florence is 2hours 20mins.
Fastest journey time from Rome is approx. 1hour 45mins by EUROSTAR via Foligno.

There's a lot to see in Assisi, and really it's a full day trip.

Pompei, too is a full day trip from Rome.
Fastest journey time by train is approx. 2.5 hours each way, with a change of train in Naples.

Train timetables are on:
www.trenitalia.it

Hope this helps ...

Steve
 
Jun 21st, 2002, 10:32 PM
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