I am planning a trip to Marche in April (and this forum has been an invaluable source of information!) and trying to decide whether it's worth renting a car or not. Before you all start saying, "yes!", I'm trying to travel on a budget and as my boyfriend might have to get an International licence (have to check on that) that would cost an extra $150.
So, I've been trying to work out if we can do this trip by train, bus, and if we're lucky, hitch-hiking :)
I've more or less planned an itinerary and have already checked on trenitalia.it whether we can get trains, but I'm stuck on a few things and would really appreciate some tips if anyone can help!
Here is the itinerary I've planned, can you let me know if it's feasible?
Day 1: Ravenna to San Marino and San Leo. Stay overnight in Pesaro.
Day 2: Bus to Urbino. Stay overnight.
Day 3: Bus to Pesaro and train to Genga-S. Vittore Terme to visit Grotte di Frasissi. After visiting the caves, get a train to Porto Recanati. Stay overnight.
Day 4: Take it easy and visit Loreto.
Day 5: Train to Ascoli Piceno and return.
Day 6: Train to Macerata and return.
Day 7: Explore Cornero Riviera.
Day 8: Return by train to Ravenna.
Instead of staying overnight in Urbino, should we stay in Pesaro and do it as a day trip as we have to return to Pesaro to get a train to see the caves? Or, is it possible to get from San Leo/San Marino to Urbino without having to go to Pesaro? If so, I would prefer to stay in Urbino.
We would also like to visit San Marino and San Leo. I know it's possible to get a bus from Rimini to San Marino and also a bus from Rimini to San Leo, but as they're so close to each other, it seems ridiculous to have to go back to Rimini in order to see both. Is it possible to get from San Marino to San Leo by bus?
We will also be travelling around Easter (April 19 - 26). Will public transport be affected during public holidays?
Any advice would be hugely appreciated!