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Logistics: Venice > Vernazza > Florence > Siena > Rome

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Logistics: Venice > Vernazza > Florence > Siena > Rome

Trying to plan a trip (May 2013), but getting snagged up on logistics! Anyone have any suggestions on the most logical sequence AND transportation methods for the following:

-Venice (fly in)

-Vernazza (Cinque Terre)


-Siena *

-Rome (fly out)

* We're open to suggestions for other Tuscany towns that might better situated. We will rent a car for a few days while in Tuscany and stay outside of town in an apartment or farmhouse. I'm also open to driving the La Spezia > Siena > ?? segment if that makes sense and if I can find a rental agency that allows this.

I'd appreciate specifics about which train line, train station, bus line, rental car company, etc.


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1. Re: Logistics: Venice > Vernazza > Florence > Siena > Rome

Pick up a rental car when you are leaving Venice...Go to the CT...take the car to Tuscany and then drop at the Florence Airport...take the train from Florence to Rome.. Europcar is good...

Here is a great agriturismo to stay at in Tuscany...close to Arrezzo and Siena. Cortona too...


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2. Re: Logistics: Venice > Vernazza > Florence > Siena > Rome


You are planning to cover quite a lot of territory, but it can be done fairly easily with the good Italian train system.

From Venice you will take train through Florence to Pisa to Cinque Terre. Just check on trenitalia for routing. You won't be able to purchase tickets until 3 months before trip.

Return to Florence and rent car when you are ready to leave if you won't to stay night in the city. If you aren't saying in the city proper, then yes you can rent a car before that. One way rentals are very easy, but when you plan be aware that most rental offices are closed Saturday afternoon and Sunday.

I notice that you are from Santa Cruz. Although Cinque Terre is very beautiful it will not knock you out compared to the California coast, so if you have limited time you might want to be in the cities/area that are different from nothing back home!

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3. Re: Logistics: Venice > Vernazza > Florence > Siena > Rome

Makes more sense to do this in a different order. Venice to Florence (two hours on train). Day-trip to Siena from Florence on train or bus - very easy. Rent your car for touring smaller towns in Tuscany, and return it in la Spezia. Train from there to Vernazza in twenty minutes. Train to Rome from Vernazza, with just one change of train in la Spezia.

A car is not a good idea in Vernazza.

Edited: 5:25 am, December 08, 2012
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4. Re: Logistics: Venice > Vernazza > Florence > Siena > Rome

Thanks for the suggestions and the tip that car rental offices have limited hours on the weekends! I think we've settled on this:

-Venice (2 nights)

-Train to Florence (1 night)

-Trains to Cinque Terre (3 nights)

-Train to La Spezia & pick up a car, (Hertz), drive to Pisa or Lucca, then to Siena (3 nights)

-Day trips around Siena

-Return car to Orvieta, then train to Rome (3 nights)

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