I wrote a few days ago, and greatly appreciated the feedback! Thought it would be less confusing to start a new thread. Gave some thought to some wonderful suggestions made about visiting some different areas (Berner Oberland) than we were considering. But instead we eliminated some places from our original plan & added extra days to cities below. So would now appreciate thoughts about our new idea! =) Still really thinking about the Berner Oberland (instead of Paris), but wanted to work with this idea first!
Our boys are 11 & 13, and haven't traveled outside the US. We live outside San Francisco. We are planning 15-16 days European trip in late Aug/early Sept 2020.
Thinking London (5 nights) -----> Eurostar to Paris (4 nights) -----> Bologna area(1 or 2 nights??) Car rental-----> Rome (5 nights) -----> San Francisco
Thinking we should take a train (overnight?) from Paris to Bologna (vs flying). The only reason we are going to Bologna is because both our boys love exotic cars, so we plan to visit the Ferrari, Lambroghini (and maybe Pagani) tours outside Bologna. But... we don't have to stay in Bologna -- just trying to figure best way to get from Paris & stay somewhere enjoyable nearby.
Our new plan is to rent a car once we arrive in Bologna, so we can get to the exotic car locations, and then we thought it would be enjoyable to drive to Rome rather than taking the train. Thoughts on this?? Thought we'd either return the car when we get to Rome, or maybe keep for 1 extra day for day excursion from Rome? I know trains make European travel very simple, but some of my fondest memories in Europe are discovering little towns, getting stuck in narrow streets, and even getting a little lost! But not sure if I need a "reality check", so appreciate others' ideas and opinions! =)
And again, thank you!