I'm debating between 2 itineraries and would love to have some input from you experienced travellers. In terms of scenery, am I missing out a lot if I travel to Rome from Florence vs. Venice? Any input would be very much appreciated.
New York - Florence (Air)
Florence - Venice (Train- ES)
Venice - Rome (Train - ES)
Rome - Paris (Air)
Paris - New York (Air)
New York - Paris (Air)
Paris - Venice (Air - Raynair)
Venice - Florence (Train - ES)
Florence - Rome (Train - ES)
Rome to New York (Air)
The part between Rome and Florence is not particularly interesting, which would make me choose your option 1. But it doesn't make much difference if you're not planning on any intermediate stops.
I think plan B is more logical seeing as though Florence is between Rome and Venice. Plan A means backtracking... You'll basically be seeing the same scenery on both your trips but will be spending much more time in the train with plan A.
I may well be wrong, but I thought that Venice-Rome is a different route, and doesn't call at Firenze. If it does, Erik is right of course.
checking... I was wrong. Forget what I wrote earlier: option B makes more sense
[ Edit: Edited on 03-Sep-2009, at 23:38 by bentivogli ]