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Mediterranean Coast in France and Italy

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Mediterranean Coast in France and Italy

We are planning a May trip to The Mediterranean area. Thought we would visit Italy and France. Not sure where to start. Probably fly in one place and out of the other. Any suggestions where to start? We will probably get a rail pass and use a bus when necessary. Anyone with suggestions would be helpful. Special areas and the time needed to see them. We have up to 30 days to travel. The trains were simple in Switzerland, but the Italian trains sound sort of confusing with the seat reservation thing. Thank anyone in advance for thier advice.

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1. Re: Mediterranean Coast in France and Italy

Do not get a rail pass for travel in France and Italy: it will cost more than point-to-point tickets.

There are local trains, with no seat reservations, running along the coast in both France and Italy. As there are no seat reservations, just buy the tickets and get on any train. Don't forget to validate the ticket before you get on the train, by stamping it in the machine at the station.

For the faster long-distance trains, seat reservations are included in the ticket price if you buy point-to-point tickets from the railway operator.

You can get French train times and costs at www.tgv-europe.com/en but say you are from Great Britain. If you say you are from USA, you get another site that has much higher prices and does not list all the trains.

You can get Italian train times and costs from www.ferroviedellostato.it/homepage_en.html but it is highly unlikely you will be able to book through this site, as it hardly ever accepts cards issued outside Europe. Just buy the train tickets in Italy.

As to how to arrange your trip, you might fly into Marseille, travel along the coast, and fly out of Genoa. What are your interests? Do you want to visit only coastal places?

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2. Re: Mediterranean Coast in France and Italy

thanks for the information. we read Rick Steves books and he was saying about the train tickets and one had to get a reservation on the train even with a ticket. You had great advice. We just like seeing how the people live and going to quaint little places. Thought we would stay along the coast. We have been to Europe a long time ago and did the big cities. Might go inland if something pops up, but as we are going day by day with no reservations ahead, our schedule is flexible. Maybe we will get one when we decide where we will fly into . Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Real people are much better than a guy who writes a book and all is easy for him.

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3. Re: Mediterranean Coast in France and Italy

There are train and bus services along the Riviera of Flowers from San Remo to Genoa, which you do not need to book in advance and only a few hours travel. The majority of the towns along the coast, are well established summer holiday destinations.

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4. Re: Mediterranean Coast in France and Italy

I assume you're from Florida and don't know if you are aware of cheap flights from London to towns near the coast in both France eg Marseilles, Nice and Italy eg Genoa Pisa. This might be a cheaper/more convenient option as to most airports near the coast you need to change in Paris or Rome/ Milan etc The companies are Easy Jet and Ryan Air that offer flights often around £30 one way from London.

Another option rather than Marseilles could be flying to Nice ( but then you don't see much of France) but Montecarlo is before the border. In Italy you could then return from Pisa so you could see the Cinque terre area which is easily reached by train.

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5. Re: Mediterranean Coast in France and Italy

Landing in Nice to visit the "Cote d' Azur"...then get the train to visit the Flower riviera, Portofino, Cinque Terre, Gulf of Poets, Versilia and then back from Pisa!!!

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