So I posted on here over the past few days about our trip this summer to Italy. Many have questioned renting a car for part of our trip, which I understand the concern. In our initial planning I found a car rental was the fastest way to get where we would like to go. For example, the train/bus time to get from Rome CIA to Maoiri is 5.5 hours. That can be driven in about 3 hours and would allow us to stop at a pizza place in Naples my daughter wants to eat at. That being said, I don't think driving on the Amalfi Coast is something I want to attempt. We would probably use the bus/ferry option to get around the area. I am having an issue getting a firm answer as to any additional charges on the rental car at pick up, which concerns me.
So how about some ideas on revamping the trip? The trip right now is as follows: Air into Rome CIA on June 10 (non-ref), 2 days rental car (refundable), Maoiri hotel June 10/11 (non-ref), Rome hotel June 12-15 (refundable), 4 days rental car (refundable), Florence hotel June 16 (refundable), Milan hotel June 17-19 (non-ref), Venice hotel June 20/21 (refundable) and air out of Venice (non-refundable). In addition to the above cities, my daughter has a pizza place in Naples she wants to eat at, she want to spend a few hours at Pompeii (I doubt she will last longer than 3 hours) and she wants to see the tower in Pisa. The wife wants to take the Bernina Express to St Moritz from Milan and I was also hoping to get to the Alfa museum, but it is a bit out of the city. I am not entirely sure how to do all this without a car. One thought I have is to eliminate Florence and either stay in Rome for another night (maybe a day trip to Pisa?) or stay overnight somewhere between Rome and Milan. I would think that using the train system makes a one night stay anywhere much more time consuming. Getting to and from the train station would take time. So here is your chance. What would you keep or change?