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Advice needed: Driving from Nice to Rome?

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Advice needed: Driving from Nice to Rome?

Hi,

I am planning to go from Nice to:

-Cinque Terre

-Florence

-Rome

Is it easier/more economical to drive or take the trains along this route? We have a group of 10 travelling together.

Thanks

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1. Re: Advice needed: Driving from Nice to Rome?

A car is useless in all three places - or are you planning a long trip in the countryside rather than just these locations?

There will be a drop-off fee to hire a car in France and leave it in Italy.

Tolls and routes can be found at www.viamichelin.com

For ten people you would need at least two cars or a minibus.

There are local trains Nice to Ventimille/Ventimiglia, then use the Italian railways to travel further into Italy www.trenitalia.com

Edited: 08 April 2014, 09:18
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2. Re: Advice needed: Driving from Nice to Rome?

Hi Michael, thanks.

We will take the trains instead. We're thinking of replacing Rome with Barcelona. So Nice - CT - Florence - Barcelona. Is the easiest way to get from Nice to Cinque Terre via Ventimille/Ventimiglia? Is there also an online website to book tickets from Nice to Ventimille/Ventimiglia?

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3. Re: Advice needed: Driving from Nice to Rome?

There is no point in booking the Nice-Ventimiglia tickets. These are local trains running every 30 minutes. There are no seat reservations and no advance purchase discounts. It would be like trying to book a train from Brisbane to Ipswich.

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4. Re: Advice needed: Driving from Nice to Rome?

<We're thinking of replacing Rome with Barcelona. So Nice - CT - Florence - Barcelona.>

Have you looked at a map to see where Barcelona is in relation to the other places you mention ?

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5. Re: Advice needed: Driving from Nice to Rome?

It's certainly a very long way by train to Barcelona from Florence. Maybe investigate flying either from Florence or Pisa. There are also ferries from either Genoa or Livorno, which might be another option.

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6. Re: Advice needed: Driving from Nice to Rome?

Is 9 days enough to visit Nice - CT - Florence by train and then take a flight out from Florence to Barcelona?

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7. Re: Advice needed: Driving from Nice to Rome?

I'd say No. An extra week might do it.

Cinque Terre is all about walking and relaxing, and you have only got time to whiz in and out again.

Florence has unimaginable treasures so unless you are completely uninterested in art (in which case, why go?) it deserves a few days.

Barcelona is also a big city with lots to see.

Edited: 08 April 2014, 16:57
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8. Re: Advice needed: Driving from Nice to Rome?

9 days for 4 stop? Nice, CT, Florence and Rome/Barcelona? Technically you could do it, but it doesn't make much sense. All you would be doing is checking these places off your list and not having any time to enjoy them at all. Each time you change locations you lose most of day - and especially with a large group. So half of your time will be spent traveling.

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