Taking the train is very easy and low cost in Italy. There is a high speed (alta velocità) connection between Milan and Venice as well as from Milan to Rome. With the gas prices right now, I would prefer the train. about 7 years ago
Come to Munich for Oktoberfest and have to buy the costume. What you advise: buy at site or order via internet before.
Buy onsite but bring some time to hit the stores. Even department stores like C&A or Galleria have Dirndl and Lederhosen for the Wiesn. You can get a good quality Dirndl for abt. 130 Euros there (incl. blouse) about 7 years ago
After the carnival in February and before Easter to avoid the masses. Never go in the summer, way too hot and the smell of the standing water in the canals can be terrible. about 7 years ago