"Did the old Priceline ticket..." Italy Transportation Tip by meson_man

Italy Transportation: 349 reviews and 277 photos

Did the old Priceline ticket for US$350 from JFK to Roma return. Nuff said.
I did trains to get from Roma to Val d'Aosta. European trains are frequent and efficient ... if you speak the local lingo and you know what you're doing.
I can't and I don't.
So I ended up missing connections no one told me about, sleeping the night in railway stations and paying more that I had to but I made it there in the end. Sigh.
I think they call that stuff 'character building'. It wasn't reeeaaaaaaly too bad.

Then we had a rental car for a week in Toscana. Aside from Hertz in NZ giving us directions to get the car from a location in Roma that was closed on Sundays the car option worked pretty sweetly. We had a slinky Alfa Romeo 156 sportwagon which enabled us to go where we wanted, when we wanted. True, the Italians are crazy drivers and the whole Autostrada thing can be a bit intimidating if you drive on the other side of the road and aren't used to traffic. But I live in New York so I have become an *assertive* driver.

The signposting is really very good and the roads are in excellent shape too.

Mode: TO,AROUND
Type: Train

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  • Written Sep 12, 2002
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