There are a few similar posts to this topic, but not quite.
I will be in Vienna in April. After a short visit, I need to get into Italy, where I will spend the next 2.5 week exploring. The Italian itinerary is not settled yet and how I get from Vienna into Italy to start my tour will have a significant effect on the touring route I take through Italy.
The major restriction with my Italian itinerary is that it must finish in Milan (where I fly for home).
Firstly, the train versus plane issue. There are flights from Vienna to Rome that seem cheap - around €80. It takes about 1.5 hours to fly that distance. The down side being the addition travel to and from the airport to the Italian city centers and check-in time at the airport. I'm guessing total travel time from Vienna to Rome would probably take up to 4 hours door to door.
The train option is sounding attractive to me and there seems to be a number of options. I'm hoping the overnight sleeper option will save me money on a hotel. Can anyone suggest an ideal Italian city to start my tour in?
Venice looks like a good option to start my tour - I can work my way to Rome via Florence and then back up to Milan.
Or perhaps I could start in Verona, then Vienna and then start to work my way south to Rome?
Can anyone help me out with suggestions?
The plane option would probably see me start in Rome and the work my way north-east to Vienna via Florence and then west to Milan.
The train option seems to open up my options a bit more, but take longer?
Your advice would be much appreciated.