Hello...I am new here, thought I would first share my itinerary and then ask for some help.
13-Mar: 8 AM flight arrival in Milan...see 'The Last Supper' and Duomo...train to Portofino, stay for a few hours before train to Deiva Marina (Cinque Terre)
14-Mar: The Cinque Terre
15-Mar: AM train to Pisa, stay for a few hours, train to Florence
17-Mar: (a Monday), train to Venice (early AM or late PM--see question below)
19-Mar: Venice, PM overnight train to Montreux, Switzerland via Bologna
20-Mar: AM Golden Pass train to Interlaken, afternoon in Berner Oberland region
21-Mar: Berner Oberland
22-Mar: Berner Oberland, PM train back to Milan for flight home on the 23rd.
Here are my questions (thanks in advance for help or suggestions)
1) I am undecided about the 17th...either will rent a car and spend the day in wine country before a late PM train to Venice or will take an early train to Venice and leave for Switzerland on the night of the 18th instead. Any opinions? Is it feasible to rent a car and take a ride out to wine country before returning to Florence for a late PM train to Venice (8 PM-ish)?
2) Any suggestions for booking the overnight train? Trenitalia website is a nightmare and I've had two accounts locked. lol...I'm going point-to-point and will book all other trains in Italy, but really want to get the overnight train booked. I called "Hello Italy" tours and they said they will book for me for $25 and issue paper tickets. Good deal? RailEurope.com seems like a rip-off to me, plus they have incomplete timetables.
Thanks again for any help and expertise!!