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Itinerary help for 10 day trip to Italy with college age sons

Itinerary help for 10 day trip to Italy with college age sons

Mar 6th, 2017, 01:52 AM
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Europe has wonderful public transport so I'd use that, especially for Venice to Lucerne. I wouldn't bother with a car at all.

There is so much to see within striking distance of Zurich (including cycling around Bodensee, Meersburg, hiking everywhere, Schaffhausen, Stein am Rhein, Bern, Locarno, Lugano, etc, etc) that I would take advantage of those cheaper fares and visit more locally to Zurich.

If, however, you prefer to stick with Italy, then your plan of dividing your time between Florence and Venice is not so bad. Day trips can be decided on the day - if you don't feel like it, do something else that day.

Another alternative if you're up for a long train ride, is to take the Bernina Express to Varenna on Lake Como, then if you want to head east, train to Bergamo, Verona and/or Venice (need to be selective). Long journey back though and I think Venice is a long way and you may be better off staying further west. Travelling to Lake Maggiore may be a faster route. Check sbb.ch and trenitalia.com.
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Mar 6th, 2017, 07:36 AM
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There is no doubt that it's possible to go by train from Zurich to Rome.
The problem is another one: despite the fact that you have only 10 days and want to see much more places than you can do in this time frame, you plan to waste a whole day with your Zurich - Rome journey.

When I suggested to book a connecting ZRH - FCO flight, I didn't know that you come from Denver (at least 13 hrs from ZRH). Under these circumstances, you would probably waste your money by doing so, because you would be too tired for any decent visit in Rome.

Therefore I suggest:
5/21: arrival at ZRH at 8.30, dp by train at 9.13 (trains every 30 min, change at Zurich main station) up to Lugano ar 11.48. Check into your hotel and relax. Or make a boat cruise on Lake Lugano if you aren't too tired.

5/22: enjoy Lake Lugano and take a late afternoon train to Florence, Lugano dp 16.42 - Florence ar 19.59, change at Milan

5/23-5/24: Florence. Evening train to Rome. Florence do 17.24 - Rome ar 18.55

5/25-5/27: Rome. Rome dp 18.00 - Stresa ar 22.37, change at Milan

5.28: enjoy Lake Maggiore. Stresa dp 18.21 - Zurich airport ar 22.16, change at Brig.

Lake Lugano and Lake Maggiore are similar to Lake Como, but easier to reach.

With this solution you have a RT train travel Zurich - Rome too, but it's cut into several legs (all shorter than 4 1/2 hrs).
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Mar 6th, 2017, 12:32 PM
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Thank you all for your ideas and advice. We have a flight Zurich-Rome that only adds 4 hours to our travel time, are spending 3 nights in Rome, and 4 in Florence, so we are set.
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Mar 6th, 2017, 02:01 PM
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Need ideas for 3 full days from Florence to Zurich.

Lucerne would be nice for a few days -not really much to stop off -oh Lucerne would be nice for a night and right on the way.

Not sure why bent on driving that portion with potentially huge drop off fees - taking the train you could stop at Lugano and Lucerne and not have terribly long train rides. Check www.trenitalia.com for discount train tickets even to Switzerland. For lots about Italian trains check www.seat61.com; www.budgeteuropetravel.com and www.ricksteves.com.

If driving consider going up and over the Gotthard Pass on a sinuous but safe mountain road -lots better than tunneling under it.
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