I have to be at a conference in Riva del Garda in late March for a conference. I am coming from the United States (NYC). When I registered for the conference, I had no idea that it is so difficult to get to this location. The conference travel agency does not respond to my emails either. This is surprising since it is a large international conferene with lots of attendees from the US and Asia. I have been reading the posts here, and see lots of combinations of airports, buses, trains, taxis, etc. It doesn't help that I can't read Italian either, when I click on the various links.
In my situation, coming on an overnight flight from NY, am I better off flying into Milan (nonstop service, cheaper fares, etc) or Verona (have to make a connection, higher fares)? If I need to make a connection, how much time should I allow? Expedia keeps coming up with 1 hour connections in places like Paris, which I suspect is not enough time. Is going to Verona worth the hassle given that I have to somehow get to Riva del Garda?
I also see some people mention that hotels can arrange the transfer. I haven't booked a hotel yet. I have to do it through the conference website for the official rate, so it is hard to ask direct questions or find out about the hotels. Are there particular hotels that can do this for me? I would choose a hotel based on this alone, since this looks like such a problem.
Finally, what will the weather be like in late March? I am only going to be there for 2 days, and mainly at this conference, so it isn't too big of a deal, but would be nice to know what to pack.