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Milan to Montecatini

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Milan to Montecatini

Traveling from Milan to Montecatini Terme in April - does it make sense to go to Genoa from Milan and follow the coast south to Montecatini as opposed to going from Milan to Florence and then to Montecatini? The coastal route seems like it would be more pleasant and early April should not be a busy time with tourists. Also, any suggestions for stops on the coastal route and approximate time from Milan to Montecatini? Many thanks in advance.

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1. Re: Milan to Montecatini

Via Florence is very much faster, as you use a high speed train line until Florence. Total travel time all the way is typically only two hours 40 minutes on the current timetable, including the change of train in Florence.

On the coastal route, the direct trains to Viareggio where you'd change trains take around four hours. From Viareggio it's about 50 minutes to Montecatini Terme, plus you must add whatever the connection time is in Viareggio.

Possible stops on the coastal route include Genoa http://www.visitgenoa.it/en/homepage , Rivera resorts such as Santa Margherita Ligure, Rapallo and Sestri Levante, and the Cinque Terre village of Monterosso.

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2. Re: Milan to Montecatini

Many thanks for the quick reply....and I realized while reading it that I failed to say that I was picking up a car in Milan and driving to Montecatini!!! Sorry about omitting that detail. Agree with you if traveling by train. And thanks for the suggestions en route.

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3. Re: Milan to Montecatini

Driving, it makes very little difference which route you take. http://www.viamichelin.com which offers two inland and one coastal route as recommended routes, suggests the coastal A12 route is thirteen minutes longer which is insignificant on what is a 3.5-4 hour drive plus the time taken for rest stops along the way.

Edited: 4:42 am, August 19, 2014
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4. Re: Milan to Montecatini

Many thanks for your help....think we will try coastal route and take our time getting there.

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5. Re: Milan to Montecatini

Go to Florence by train and then to Montecatini. It is easy and much simpler than the other very long journey.

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6. Re: Milan to Montecatini

Hi:

Just wondering how your drive worked out. Do you have any handy tips to pass on for another first time visitor driving from Milan to Montecatini. We'll be there six days and also are wondering about going to Venice for a day or two. Any suggestions about getting there from Montecatini.

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7. Re: Milan to Montecatini

Doing the Gate 1 Fly and Drive tour next May...arriving in Milan about 6 p.m...and heading to Montecatini...am hoping we make it by midnight? Any tips?

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8. Re: Milan to Montecatini

You should have no problem making it by midnight - biggest hold-up will be getting out of Milan airport car rental, etc. We went by way of Genoa and the coast on the way to Montecatini but you would be wise to stay inland and head toward Florence - more direct route and with nightfall, the coast will be less important; maybe return to Milan by way of Cinque Terra. One tip - when we headed back to Milan last day, we left Montecatini after breakfast, dropped our bags at the airport hotel and headed up to the Lake area - Stressa and Como - fantastic way to end the trip! Safe travels

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9. Re: Milan to Montecatini

Thanks! We are nervous about jet-lag and arriving so late, but will make the best of it. Love the tip for the last day in Milan - haven't thought that far yet, so that sounds fun. We are planning a day trip to Cinque Terre, so thought we'd stop in Parma on the way back to Milan. Did you take the Gate 1 Fly/Drive tour?

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10. Re: Milan to Montecatini

Yes, we did the Gate1 fly/drive. Great value, pleasant accommodations, decent vehicle and loads to see in and around Montecatini. Florence, Lucca and Pisa are easy to do by train and no need for a car. We took a day trip to Vinci and Volterra by car and enjoyed both very much. Let me know if further questions.

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