Gap travel in Italy
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Mar 5, 2013 11:12 PM Last Post By: mikehuxley
Mar 3, 2013 7:32 PM
Gap travel in ItalyHi Everyone,
This question comes from an anxious mum:)
As a family we plan to travel through Europe, (mostly France) together before our daughter takes up an Au Pair posting there for the rest of her gap-year, however, she is planning a trip from Milan to Florence via the Cinque Terra with a girlfriend, (and will later travel extensively on her own), and I am wondering which would be the best (and safest) option; buses/trains/budget tour?? We have looked at the FAQs, which are really only helpful from a destination/costing/tips view-point.
Also, is there a hop-on-hop-off version of a train ticket between these destinations that someone much better informed could help me with, as google-ing and the forum search only provide the bus/city options, unless I've missed something, which is highly likely.
I thank the community in advance:)
Mar 4, 2013 1:59 AM
1Buses and trains are both safe. Budget tour is not necessary.
There is some risk during any travel, however Italy is an extremely safe country.
Mar 4, 2013 3:38 AM
2Public transport is easy,cheap and pretty safe....millions of people use it every day in Italy.
There is no 'hop on,hop off'..there are rail passes but they aren't worth it.
All they need to do is buy a ticket on the spot (for slower regional trains) OR..if they know exact dates and times,they can save a bit of money by buying tickets in advance (only for faster trains).
Mar 4, 2013 8:55 AM
3I agree with the above. I do however have a couple of questions as well.
You mention au pairing. If your daughter is not a citizen of an EU country she will need a visa for this. Has or is this being arranged? I ask because it is not uncommon for people to not realize this is necessary and for those hiring an au pair to ignore it. The au pair is then an illegal worker.
Second, while I understand an anxious mum posting, it should be your daughter who is posting if she is interested in this information. She has to take care of herself once you go home mum. She should start taking responsibility for her plans now. No offense intended.
A while a go a mum posted here about her daughter and her daughter's boyfriend being on the road and their bank cards not working in an ATM. Mum was posting in a panic to find an answer to their dilemna for them. What that tells us is that the 'kids' just phoned home and gave the problem to mum to fix for them. What were they learning when mum said, 'I'll find the answer' instead of saying to them, 'so what are you going to do about your problem?'
Kick her out of the nest mum. ;-)
Mar 4, 2013 1:16 PM
Mar 5, 2013 5:33 AM
5Another who is wondering why YOU are the one doing the planning. You won't be there to hold her hand every step of the way - she needs to learn for herself how to find out this sort of information.
Is there any reason you're particularly worried about her, other than 'first time out of the nest' syndrome?
Mar 5, 2013 8:36 AM
Mar 5, 2013 11:12 PM
7hi, as others have said just relax. with basic common sense precautions she will be very safe. there is no need for organised tours, bus and trains are fine and safe.
you can get rail passes but for short, limited journeys they arent worth it. she can easily just get a ticket there and then at the stations so if she wants to hop of, just get a ticket to that destination then a new one sonewhere else as and when she needs it.
just relax and let her have her independence. she will be better off for it.
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