We also love train travel. We have used Amtak a lot when in the States before and after Olivia trips. We traveled from Orlando to New York after the 2010 Sun Cruise, lots of Olivia gals on the train, made the Olivia experience last longer! Before the Alaska Cruise we got the train from San Fran to Seattle and then onto Vancover. After the cruise we got the train to LA with a stop over in Portland , a visit to some great friends we had met on the Sun Cruise. Train is so much more fun and relaxing than flying and you get to see so much more if you have the time.
From my reseach the fast trains in Italy seem fairly easy to book on line. Will do some more exploring before we make any definate plans , still finalizing our travel plans for the Feb Leadership Cruise ! Flights to Florida booked but still organizing our trip to the Everglades after the cruise.
Any one else going on the Leadership Cruise in Feb, great to meet up on the ship and get to know each other before our Europe Adventure, Jayne