Hello ladies and gents!
Mark here, the original poster of this message. Thank you SO much to
Gail Norris, Anne Woodyard, Ira Bernstein, Andrew McGarrell, Jude
Ronayne, and anyone whom I overlooked, for your kind and informed
responses to my questions.
The issue of Malpensa Airport is the one thing I can address with
some hint of knowledge. When we arrived in Malpensa last May, it was
our first trip to Italy AND our first trip outside of North or
Central America. Talk about wide-eyed! It proved to be very easy
navigating, even for novices. We took the bus from the airport to
the central train station. I was expecting the U.S. equivalent of an
intercity bus (i.e. YUCK!). I was very pleasantly surprised
(shocked?) to find that it was a spotlessly clean, modern, and a very
comfortable touring bus. The fare was very reasonable, about $7USD+/-
(I think--I'm not at home and don't have my records at hand). Took
us directly to the train station in comfort with no muss and no
fuss. (There were also bus connections at Malpensa to many other
areas, including the lake districts, etc.) Unfortunately, it's quite
a haul to Rome from Milan, but not a too bad of a train ride to
Compared to most of the other 'Ziners, I'm a rank novice at Euro
travel. However, we went all over Tuscany (including l'Isola
d'Elba), so I'll be happy to answer any questions.
Again, many thanks for your assistance!
Boyds, Maryland USA