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1. Posted by plouffes (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

Hi everyone,

My husband (31) are I (25) trying to plan a brief tour of Italy and Nice prior to board our Med Cruise from Civitavecchia. I've been looking at the train schedules on DB Bahn and Rail Europe and I am getting more and more discouraged between the logistics and prices. I was hoping to get some recommendations from any experienced travelers. Our itinerary is flexible this is just we had kinda planned.

21 Sept- Arrive in Rome 1750, stay night in B&B near termini (B&B already booked)
22 Sept - Early AM -- train to Florence/Day in Florence
22 Sept - Late PM - (night) train to Nice
23 Sept - Late PM - Day in Nice/(night) train to Venice
24 Sept - Day in Venice/Stay night in Venice (not booked)
25 Sept - Train to Civitavecchia/Board cruise by 1600

Are these too far of distances to travel in such a short period of time? Are we better off eliminating one of our destinations? Or perhaps including Milan instead of Nice? We are very interesting in spending a day in the French Riveria. We are on a modest budget and don't want to spend more of our times in trains versus actually in the city. We are young, flexible and do not require the best accommodations. Also, plan to leave our 'cruise luggage' at the Rome termini and pack very light for our few days of travel.

Any other suggested itineraries? I would say Venice is a must. Nice would be nice.

Also, I know Eurorail offers 4 day regional passes for $316 each. Would that be our best option?

Thanks in advance!


2. Posted by plouffes (Budding Member 2 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I guess I could just stay in Italy, eliminate France, then buy a single country pass. But then we need to consider more overnight stays in Hotels, etc. Any thoughts?

3. Posted by magykal1 (Travel Guru 2026 posts) 6y Star this if you like it!

I think you've answered your own question. The most sensible thing to do is skip the trip to Nice, it's not worth it for a few hours really. Then you'll probably save a night or two of accommodation on the train fares anyway and not have the mad dash around, get to see Florence and Venice properly. Note that you would have to pay a supplement on the sleeper trains above the pass price anyway.

Regarding 1 country passes, my calculations make it very slightly cheaper to buy a 1-country pass than 3 single tickets (c. $230 for the single tickets, the pass is about $240 for the first one and about $205 for the second as you get a 15% discount for buying two).