My wife and I plan on spending 8 weeks in Europe next May/June and are trying to decide between hiring a car or catching trains/buses. Train/bus does not look flexible enough for where we plan on going (France, Belgium, Germany,Czech Republic, Austria, Croatia, Italy and Switzerland). The main downside of the car option appears to be parking, particularly in Italy.
I'm wondering if parking is as difficult as it sounds in places like the Amalfi Coast, Cinque Terre and Florence or is it simply a matter of parking outside these towns and walking in? Obviously security then becomes an issue. I'm hoping in most towns and certainly in larger cities such as Rome I can drive to a Hotel and leave the car there for the duration.
Any suggestions/thoughts greatly appreciated.