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We have been blessed to travel to Italy a few times and just as recently as this past June. We want to return next year in mid-May and this time we have 4 weeks, minus travel to and from St. Louis. This time we want to see Florence, Cinque Terre, Bologna, the Dolomites, and train around the Alps of Switzerland. We also understand that we need a car in the Dolomites. So we're thinking that into Itlay and out of Switzerland to give us a little warmer weather for Switzerland at the end of the trip. Really want to use trains, especially the scenic trains in Switzerland. We have used trains in Italy before, some great experiences and so not so great, however we are still open to training in Italy. Also we understand that a car is of no use in the Florence, Cinque Terre and maybe even Bologna. A friend of ours from the Dolomite region tells us we really need a car in that part of Italy. So a car rental will probably be part of the mix.
Does it make sense to fly into Florence, then train to Cinque Terre, then train to Bologna,(might need to travel through Milan)) then train to Bolzano and rent a car for the Dolomites, return the car and train to Switzerland. And if so, what is the best way to maximize riding the scenic trains in Switzerland and which Airport in Switzerland should we fly home from?
We've been blessed to visit Rome, Venice, Lake Como, several places in Tuscany and Umbria. So we are looking for new experiences. LOVE ITALY!!!
Any and all suggestions are very welcome. If this doesn't make any sense please don't hesitate to suggest any and all ideas, Even thought of flying into Nice, France and then training to Genova, Cinque Terre, Florence, Bologna, Bolzano (for the Dolomites) then on to Switzerland for train sightseeing of the Alps.
Thank you once again for your great ideas!
Happy travels, Monica