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Any worthwhile stops between Milano & Firenze by train?

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Any worthwhile stops between Milano & Firenze by train?

Hi there people,

I was in Italy briefly in Nov just gone (09), I fell in love with the place and am planning to go back Nov '10'. While I was there last month, I did Rome with a day trip down to Naples/Pompeii & then flew up to Venice for a few days. Anyways, this time, I want to fly into Milan and go around Tuscany/Florence make my way down to Rome and carry on down the coast which I'm fine with having already gone part the way already.

But from Milan by train are there any worthwhile stops in between Milan and Florence and or how would I best be able to do a clean circle around by train to these places. I want to go to the likes of Cortona, Assisi, Oriveto, Pisa just to get the classic photo I want to do as much of the north as I can before I head Rome and embark on the South. I will be travelling with two other friends and have contemplated hiring a car if need be but to be honest, i'd really like to stick to the trains.

I am open to all suggestions of places to go to and stay etc etc.. What do ya reckon?

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1. Re: Any worthwhile stops between Milano & Firenze by train?

You might look into Bologna, almost halfway between Milan and Florence. I haven't been there, but supposedly it's a very interesting city.

Much closer to Florence, you might consider Lucca.

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2. Re: Any worthwhile stops between Milano & Firenze by train?

I think you need to look at a guide book and a map to work out what you want to do and what is practical.

If you want to visit Cortona, Assisi, Oriveto, Pisa in a reasonable time, you really would need to rent a car.

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3. Re: Any worthwhile stops between Milano & Firenze by train?

Right on the main rail route from Milan to Florence are Piacenza, Modena and Bologna, all full of interest. In a loop to the east you have, among many others, Verona, Ferrara, Padua and Ravenna. Each of these cities can occupy days. You need to read a couple of good guidebooks, decide what you want to see and work out a sensible itinerary.

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4. Re: Any worthwhile stops between Milano & Firenze by train?

Stay with trains in the cities....

http://trenitalia.it/homepage_en.html

And begin with some online guidebooks.

http://www.frommers.com/destinations/italy/

http://www.fodors.com/world/europe/italy/

http://www.lonelyplanet.com/italy

And some photos…

www.trekearth.com/gallery/Europe/Italy/

Best Wishes!

Vagabonda

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5. Re: Any worthwhile stops between Milano & Firenze by train?

We visited Bologna, Modena, and Parma, in September of this year on our way south. We spent days in Bologna and did day trips to the other two cities. Found them all very beautiful, intriguing, and a great experience to visit. Enjoy the food in this area for sure as it may well be the best in Italy.

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6. Re: Any worthwhile stops between Milano & Firenze by train?

Sorry, but how long do you have altogether?

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