Train travel from UK to ItalyJust got back from a
Train travel from UK to Italy
Just got back from a short visit to Italy (5 days in Piemonte near Lake Orta). We didn't want to drive down for such a short stay, and are not very keen on flying, so we decided to try the train option.
(We had done a few train trips to Italy many years ago when I worked for UK railways and got free travel, but this was the first as a 'retiree' albeit still with some discounts)
Day 2 - we travelled London to Strasbourg, changing at Lille, and stayed in an Ibis near the station overnight.
Day 2 was Stasbourg to Stresa with a couple of changes at Basel and Brig. Picked up hire car in Stresa.
Found the trip very relaxing, and will almost certainly do it again for short trips some time.
Of course it does cost, but when you consider the costs of fuel, ferries, road tolls and overnight hotels etc it isn't as high as it seems especially for single travellers or couples.
We may try different routes over time just to see how they compare.