Originally Posted by anniegb
On year I flew into Nice, spent time on the French Riviera then trained via Genoa to Santa Margherita (Ligure) and accessed the Cinque Terre from there.
You can then train to La Spezia and access trains to the rest of Italy from there.
It amused me that on the Nice-Genoa train, the Italian conductor tried to persuade a group of American students to abandon their planned trip to Milan in favour of the Cinque Terre.
Enjoy whatever you decide.
Too funny! but the shopping is better in Milan
We've done that train actually. 2008 after our Greek Island cruise we took the train from Civitavecchia to Monaco and spent 5 days there. Santa Margarita looks like a lovely base. We were in Camogli a couple of years ago, it's such a beautiful area.