Italian travel problem: How do I get from Milan to the Cinque Terre during a train strike next weekend?
I'm going to be in Italy for the next two weeks, and I just found out that there is going to be a Trenitalia train strike
while I'm there (September 17-18, 9pm-9pm). The problem: this strike is the exact day that I am planning to go from Milan to Vernazza in the Cinque Terre. Accommodation reservations are already made, so I'm reluctant to just bite the bullet and just stay an extra day in Milan.
Is there any other way I can get from Milan to the Cinque Terre? Renting a car is not an option.
I hear that there is minimal train service still running during a strike, but the details are all in Italian
so I can't figure out if any routes will help me. There is a ferry that runs along the Cinque Terre, so if I can somehow get from Milan to a city nearby with a ferry stop, presumably I can take that. I'm willing to entertain all options, no matter how convoluted, short of chartering my own plane (not in the budget at this time...).