What to expect on taking a train from Cinque Terre to Milan

I love Manarola so much that I delayed my train to 11.58 not realizing that my trip to Milan will be using 2 regional trains instead of just 1. The usual route will consist of 1 Regional train and 1 intercity train. I had no idea that they don’t have aircon in Regional train and travelling without aircon in the summer afternoon is not so good. I am so blessed that nobody complaints and think it is part and parcel of a holiday and my kids eventhough they are sweating they fell asleep.

So dont made the same mistake as I am. Looked at carefully what type of train you are using. There are 4 types run by Trenitalia

1. Freccia trains: the fastest and most confortable. I took this from Roma to Firenze

2. Eurostar/city trains: also high speed and usually inter country. It can be booked 3 months before and easily sold out. I took this from Milan to Spiez

3. Intercity train: has first class and second class and have aircon

4. Regional train: the slowest, only have second class and no aircon

Anyhow we made use of our last morning in Manarola

Took one last look of Manarola

And finally left and took the train (and suffer in heat lol)

We stayed in C Atlantis Hotel which is very close to Milano Central the train station. We all had to shower after sweating in a hot train before seeing Duomo and had dinner with a good friend of mine who live in Milan

Achita was excited seeing so many pigeons in the duomo and started chasing them 🙂

Dinner with Mario and wife

Duomo at night

We spent a very short time in Milan because I need to break the journey from Cinque Terre to Grindelwald (Switzerland) and I have a good friend who live in Milan whom I want to catch up with. One night is not enough to cover Milan but sometimes you have to make do with the time that you have.