Subject: Overnight trains in Europe--how safe?
Hi everyone from a new member in the Boston, MA area. I'm planning a trip in mid-May, to include the Cinque Terre, Lake Como, and ending in Paris. The easiest way to go from Italy to France seems to be an overnight train from Milan, but I've heard scary stuff about theft during train stops. Any information on safety precautions, personal experience with overnight trains, would be very welcome. I also have the option of skipping Como and doing a daytime journey from La Spezia to Torino, then to Chambery, then to Grenoble for overnight--but that's a Lot of daytime train travel. Is the overnight train a good experience, or should I avoid it like the plague? (I'll be a solo traveler with a couchette in second class). Thanks in advance for all info! Didi