Subject: : Italy Train question
Can anyone tell me ... it is rumoured that if the majority of our tour signs up for the optional to Pisa, then the bus will go straight to Pisa from Venice, instead of stopping at our hotel first in Montecatini as scheduled. We do not want to go to Pisa ... instead we were taking the train from hotel in Montecatini to Florence for the day. If we find out that everyone is going to Pisa, is it possible to take a train directly from Venice to Florence, so we aren't forced to ride to Pisa? (I assume so ... but how long of a ride and at what cost) What about luggage ...could we take it with us on train and possibly store it at the train station in Florence in a locker until we go to Montecatini that night via train to meet back up with our tour? (can you buy train tickets one way?) One piece of our luggage is fairly large ... 29x20x10

Also ... the Blue Grotto in Capri ... worth it, or tourist trap? What about swimming in on your own after the boats leave around 5pm. Is there enough light left at that point?

Thanks again, Marcy in Ohio