Where is a site for the night train so i can get from venice the night 6/3 to cinque terre stay there the 6/4 and 6/5 and then take a train 6/5 at night to barcelona? also where do you stay in cinque terre?
Danielle, One of the best sites for researching train journeys is bahn.de. I'm not sure that taking a night train from Venice to the Cinque Terre is the best idea, or even possible? These are very small villages, so the trains usually don't operate in that area during the night (some trains pass through the area at night, but don't stop). Your best bet would be a fast connection during the day. That trip is about 6-hours. You'll have to choose your departure time from Venice carefully, so that you don't arrive in the C.T. too late in the afternoon. Some of the smaller lodgings only operate the reception desk until about 16:00 each day. Regarding "where to stay", I'd suggest having a look at the Italy Guidebook for suggestions. The first thing you'll have to do is decide which of the five villages you want to stay in. Could you provide some clarification on your plans. Your title indicates you'll be heading for Rome after the C.T., but the text mentions Barecolona? Happy travels!
Opps I meant Rome not Barcelona! Thanks for some info.. I am going to start looking it up... I am not sure which city I want to stay in, any recomendations? thanks for all the help!
what about italiarail? I am looking at the other site you suggested and I don't recognized any of the stations I need. Are they under names that I don't know?
Search the italian rail system site "www.trenitalia.com" you can switch to English by clicking on "English" on the top right. Check for trains from Venice to Riomaggiore (the first of the Cinque Terra villages) or to La Spezia (the largest close-by town on the coast just south of Cinque Terra). Have fun!
Danielle, you will not find a night train to the CT from Venice. Also, as Ken says, the local trains don't run in the early hours of the morning. And third, which owner of a small hotel there wants you showing up at 2am. Most unlikely. No matter how you cut it, it's 6+hr with 2-3 train changes from Venice to the CT. I would suggest that you get there by early dinner time and enjoy the evening. You can see all train options on www.trenitalia.com. This is the official website of the Italian rail system. For your trip to Rome from the CT, there is a night train that departs at 01.27 from La Spezia Centrale to Rome. The trip takes 4.24hrs so you won't get much sleep. And again, if you are in one of the CT towns, trains don't run at that hour of the morning. The local trains shut down just before midnight and don't start up again until about 5:00am. You can easily take the early morning trains from La Spezia to Rome. Here's the link. http://orario.trenitalia.com/b2c/nppPriceTravelSolutions.do?car=0&stazin=la+spezia+centrale&stazout=rome&datag=3&datam=06&dataa=2011&timsh=00&stazin_r=Staz_DA&stazout_r=Staz_A&timsm=00&timsm_r=00&lang=en&nreq=5&channel=tcom&npag=1&lang_r=en&nreq_r=5&channel_r=tcom&npag_r=1&x=38&y=11. But remember, you still need to take the local Regionale train from the CT town you are in to La Spezia.
Danielle, my son & I am going from Venice to Cinque Terre in October. I found that you can get there only through La Specia or Destri Levante. Then you have to take the local train to your town, which has limited hours. The fastest way to get there seems to be from Venice to Florence to La Specia via an AV train. You can leave Venice around 9 & be in La Spezia by 2. That's still a long trip to la Specia, but other routes are at least an hour longer. The extra time is a lay-over between trains.. We're taking a route through Bologna & Parma, which takes you over the mountains, for scenic value. You can check on raileurope.com for any night trains, but since you will have to change trains at least once, I wouldn't choose that! We booked our apartment in Manarola through arbaspaa.com. It's a locally-run group specific to the Cinque Terre area. They have any type of accommodation you might want. We are staying there for scenery & rest for 5 days during a month-long Italy-paris vacation: my son is a photographer, so being in a tiny town appeals to us. I also got an apartment with a view for less than 100 euros a night. If you want convenience & substantially cheaper sleeps, it looks like staying in La Spezia & day-tripping into Cinque Terre may be a good option. Otherwise, where you stay depends on how small & quiet a town you want. Monterrosso has the most hotels. All the other towns mostly have rooms & apartments. Like I said, arbaspaa has a good ion. There is also cinqueterre.com, which has hotel booking and great descriptions of all the towns & activities. It's easy to get from CT to Rome. From La Specia, a decent train takes you to Florence & then you can take an AV to Rome, only about a 3 hour trip. Good luck! Better book soon - I understand June is a very very popular month - bet it'll be beautiful!!