train travel in France and Italy

Old Jan 19th, 2012, 10:27 AM
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train travel in France and Italy

I want to travel by train for 3 days in the French Riviera area. (staying in Nice) then travel to Cinqua Terra for 3 days (Corniglia) then back to Genoa to pick up a car rental to drive to Lake Garda. What are the cheapest options? A rail pass is $680.00!
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Old Jan 19th, 2012, 10:53 AM
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SNCF: THE "ISABELLE" RAIL PASS: IN SUMMER SEASON
From July 1st to September 30th, the SNCF's "Carte Isabelle" enables passengers to make an unlimited number of trips in any one day on all trains offering seats (except TGV express trains) in 1st or 2nd class, from Théoule-sur-Mer to Vintimiglia and from Nice to Tende.
On sale at the train stations: €12.

Trains in Italy are inexpensive. Try Italian rail.

Isabelle is a great ticket, used it many times for day returns all around Nice area from Cannes to Vintimiglia and also for a dat trip to Tende (beautiful scenic journey Alps)
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Old Jan 19th, 2012, 11:26 AM
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>>>Trains in Italy are inexpensive. Try Italian rail.
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Use www.trenitalia to book from Ventimiglia (on the border, where the Italian trains start) to Monterosso in Cinque terre. Then buy a 5 euro local train ticet Nice-Ventimiglia at Nice station, no reservation needed, train every 30 minutes.
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Thank you everyone. Very useful info. Now I need to book a hotel near the train station in Genoa......
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http://www.vittoriaorlandini.com/eng/index.htm

Two minutes from station. Stayed here last month ask for room with view.

Next door to funicular which takes you to high above the City and where you can have nice food in restaurants and go for scenic walk......several good restaurants next to Hotel. Nice old fashioned Hotel good breakfast,
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