I will start my Interrail Journey to Italy from Aachen on September 17. In Italy I will meet up with some friends in Pescara. From their, it will basically be Pescara → Rome → Naples → Catania → Palermo and then I will stay some time in Sicily and go back to Germany either by Night Trains or I will fly back to Germany. I need to be in Pescara at September 24 or earlier.
Now I am quite unsure about how to get to Pescara in the best way. Thats why I need your advice about the itinerary to Pescara.
I definitely want to save up some money for Rome and the South of Italy (even though but budget really is not very tight) and I do not want to stay very long in the north. But at least a few days and two locations should be between Aachen and Pescara, since I do not want any 12 hour train rides. I prefer to travel more slowly. I think a night in Switzerland is something I cannot get around, but I am afraid, that it will be really expensive.
I like hiking a lot and the Alps in General. Is there a location on my way where I can stop for maybe two nights for some hiking (I can even take heavy hiking boots, since I can leave them in Pescara)? Maybe in the Italian or Swiss Alps? I am also thinking about going with the Bernina Express on the second day of my journey. Is it recommended to stay in Basel or Zürich for that? And is it generally worth to take a trip with Bernina Express?
I am really looking forward to your tips/recommendations!
P.S.: Is there an estimated date, when it is possible to see timetables and reserve seats for Italy in September/October?
Thank you and Best Regards