I'd like to go from Venice to Vernazza and RS 2007 book says there's one direct train daily. However, trenitalia website isn't giving that one to me (maybe June 28 is too early). Any suggestions for stopping over somewhere for lunch and then training on to La Spezia? (e.g., Bologna, Pisa, Florence) Thanks. Louise
My husband and I went from Venezia to Vernazza in 2005. We changed trains in Milano, and then continued on to Vernazza. I am unaware of a direct train from Venezia to Vernazza, but this works out just fine.
I saw on another website that there is a direct train from Monte Rosso to Venice but I'm not sure in the opposite direction. From Venezia (Santa Lucia Station), you can take the Eurostar to Bologna. You will most likely transfer to an IC train to La Spezia as I don't think the ES comes into La Spezia from Bologna. On this route, the train stops at Parma and Modena. But, if you want to get off, have lunch, and then hop on a later train, note that if you have seat assignments, this may not work. It could if you have two different reservations with seat assignments that permit the stop over. Or, you can book 2nd class on the Interregional (IR) and you can get off where you want and get back on a later train. BUT, these trains stop at a lot more stations and take a lot more time for the journey. They have snack carts that come through on the Eurostar and Euro City trains. Can't remember on the IC trains. The dining car on the ES is really expensive. Happy Travels.
How about Lucca? Just before Pisa. It is right on the train line and has a nice elevated wall walk that surrounds the entire town. There is a nice cafe about 100 yards west of the train station.