How best to travel in Italy

Dec 31st, 2010, 07:48 PM
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How best to travel in Italy

I will be arriving in Rome this July via air and would like to travel to Florence, Venice, Cinque Terre , Pisa and return flight from Rome. I would like advise on travel route from Rome and best form of transportation (car rental or train). My trip will be for 12 days. Thank you.
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Dec 31st, 2010, 08:01 PM
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A car will be a hindrance in any of these destinations. You will do best to travel by train. That is a lot of places to visit in 12 days. How many nights on the ground?
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Dec 31st, 2010, 10:01 PM
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Take the train. They can get you everywhere you mention. Personally I don't like to rent cars in foreign countries. I think the train is much more enjoyable and less stress.

As above I also wonder about seeing 5 different places in only 12 days. That's a lot of time and energy moving around and not too much time in any one place for sight-seeing.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 02:25 AM
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Do you you already have your plane tickets? If you do not, make sure you get a multi-city or open-jaw ticket into Venice and out of Rome so you don't have to backtrack. You are losing a day by going back to Rome on your itinerary.

But if you already have your ticket, when you arrive in Rome, go immediately to the train and take the train to Venice. You will be jet-lagged and may fall asleep on the train, but at least you can't miss your station, as Venice is the end of the line. After Venice take the train to Florence and stay there, doing a day trip to Cinque Terre (although it's a long day), and maybe another to Pisa. Then train to Rome.
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 06:26 AM
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I agree that you can do the trip most efficiently by train. And I agree that you have too many destinations for 12 days. You won't have time to appreciate or enjoy any of them. I would eliminate Cinque Terre for this trip and (if you don't already have airline tickets) fly open-jaw into Venice and out of Rome. The upen-jaw ticket shouldn't be much more expensive and you will save the time and cost of a return train trip to your city of departure
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Jan 2nd, 2011, 09:55 AM
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charnees has it right. You can reverse things if you don't mind an early international flight from Venice.

Trains are the way to go fer sure for this trip.
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