Italy Europe 5 -6 Weeks Mom and dd

Apr 2nd, 2008, 09:10 AM
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Ira - no I am not sure - never been there! LOL I was going off the language website.

Otranto is not so far: only 2 hours of flight from all the main European cities!
Otranto is situated 50 Km from Lecce (railwaystation) and 110 km from Brindisi (airport).
Direct links from Milano/Roma/Lecce/Brindisi: Lecce and Brindisi can be easily reached by all the Italian and European railway stations and airports.

By plane:
Direct fligts to Brindisi, Bari from: London Stansted, Edimburg, New Castle, Berlin Shonefeld, Hamburg, München, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hannover, Bonn, Stuttgart, Köln, Klagenfurt, Karlsruhe Baden, Friedrichshafen, Eindhoven, Wien, Leipzig, Stockolm, Brussels, Paris, Valencia, Girona, Dublin. With low-cost companies as Ryanair, Club Air, Hapag-Lloyd Express, AirDolomiti, VolareWeb

Milan-Brindisi: 1,50 hours of flight
Rome-Brindisi: 1 hour of flight

By train:
Milan-Lecce: 9 hours
Rome-Lecce: 5 hours
From Brindisi and Lecce to Otranto: train or bus service or in addition, the school organizes a paying pick-up service from Brindisi airport or Lecce railwaystation to your accommodation to Otranto.
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Thank you SO much on the itenary that is exactly what I was looking for a basis to go off of...I am not sure I want to do four days in Rome but Tessa might - she loved it. Mom is not a big city girl.



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Apr 2nd, 2008, 12:07 PM
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The direct ES trains I found at Trenitalia post travel times of about 6 hours 5-15 minutes. Others involving connecting trains take more than 7 hours.
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Apr 2nd, 2008, 12:08 PM
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Rome to Lecce, that is
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Apr 2nd, 2008, 12:17 PM
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Thank you Ellen! Right now I am thinking of flying into someplace in Germany and then taking the overnight train to Rome from Munich -- staying in Rome a few nights -- going to the language school -- and then taking the train through out Italy for about 10 days after the school to practice our skills!

We start with a person coming to our home two times a month next week while dd is recovering. (to start Italian) -

I will wait and see where I can get the best deal on airfare in and out of as well as if I can score ff miles.
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Apr 2nd, 2008, 12:25 PM
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You might want to fly from Germany to Bari (about 1.5 hours from Lecce) and save all the trains rides for later.
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Apr 2nd, 2008, 12:41 PM
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good suggestion Ellen... you forget how much I hate to fly though - It is a small miracle I GO to Europe...see: desire to travel greater then the fear of flying ;-)

If I can fly direct into Lecci I will do it but not if I have to stop in Rome. DD likes trains too.
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Apr 2nd, 2008, 12:43 PM
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looks like I can...By plane:
Direct fligts to Brindisi, Bari from: London Stansted, Edimburg, New Castle, Berlin Shonefeld, Hamburg, München, Frankfurt, Düsseldorf, Hannover, Bonn, Stuttgart, Köln, Klagenfurt, Karlsruhe Baden, Friedrichshafen, Eindhoven, Wien, Leipzig, Stockolm, Brussels, Paris, Valencia, Girona, Dublin. With low-cost companies as Ryanair, Club Air, Hapag-Lloyd Express, AirDolomiti, VolareWeb

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Apr 3rd, 2008, 07:20 AM
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For me, the overnight train would be the agony . . .
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Apr 3rd, 2008, 07:42 AM
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Ellen - I have heard that... so it is the lesser of two evils eh?
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Apr 3rd, 2008, 08:42 AM
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I think Ira's suggested plan sounds very good.

dawnowelm, from Rome, you can easily take day trips to Orvieto, Fiumicino (west coast), etc. I'm sure some folks here can suggest some lovely day trips and if you get tired of the "city" of Rome, you can choose to take one of those. (Surely, there are beaches in Fiumicino or somewhere on the coast. Wouldn't you love to swim in the Meditteranean?)

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