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There's no better way to see the cities of Italy than by train, trains link just about every town or city of any size, centre to centre.
Driving & parking in Italian cities is a nightmare and the high-speed trains are now faster, more convenient & more relaxing than flying.

Follow the Italy's itinerary by train pass and be in for a real treat.
Take a memorable gondola ride along Venice's Grand Canal, set out on a shopping extravaganza in Milan, and tour Rome's magnificent monuments and museums.
Reserve a seat on Italy's Frecce high-speed trains for a fast and comfortable journey between the country's major cities.
Or, hop on board Trenitalia regional trains and visit Italy's authentic towns and villages.
The trains of Italy gives you the freedom to travel around Italy at your own pace and along the route that you choose.

There’s a greater sense of ‘going native’ on holiday when you take the decision to travel like a local, not to hire a car or join a package holiday, but to let the train take the strain. Of course, it all looks straightforward, but occasionally things can go wrong – and even if the challenge is quite fun, a few tips can save confusion and frustration.
First, an up-to-date summary about rail travel this year, then a few suggestions, both popular destinations and curious less well-known journeys.
First, long distance travel Italy has two rail companies, the state-run Trenitalia with its high speed Freccia Rossa /Bianco (red and white arrows) and privately operated Italo trains.
There isn’t much to choose between them if you book well ahead, and they are equally good on speed (300km per hour/ 180 mph) and punctuality.
Also we recommend Italia Rail for bookings, the easiest, most affordable way for travelers outside Italy to book advance tickets on the Trenitalia Rail Network.
Travelling locally on state railways can be more complicated.
Trains are classified by region, and on the departures board will be prefixed by a letter R – regionale– or RV- regionale veloce, a faster local train which only stops at key stations along the line. Naturally the Italo and Freccia trains have priority on the tracks, and sometimes a regionale train will have to wait in a station for a delayed express train to pass because they share the same line.
Timetables are displayed everywhere in stations, yellow for departures and white for arrivals.
The information is all there, but beware of asterisks! You may find on close inspection that your preferred train doesn’t run on Saturdays, or that you may not take your bicycle on certain trains, for instance. It’s usually more reliable to check trains on the Trenitalia website.

You can check train times and fares for any journey in Italy at the Trenitalia (Italian Railways) website, or at one of several private agency sites which connect to Trenitalia and which can be easier to use.

You'll need to use Italian language place names, Roma Termini for Rome, Venezia Santa Lucia for Venice, Firenze S. M. Novella for Florence, Napoli for Naples and so on - use Tutte Le Stazione if you don't know which station in a given city to choose.

After recent improvements it's a better system than Trenitalia in many ways: It shows a whole day's trains in the search results not just an hour or two, it can book up to 20 people at a time, Trenitalia only books up to 5 people, it highlights the cheapest trains and trains where 1st class is cheaper than 2nd as a free upgrade.

In principle, accesses exactly the same prices as Trenitalia, but it can be cheaper for 2 or more people travelling together because it can combine the last remaining tickets at a cheaper price level with tickets at a higher level within the same booking. Trenitalia can't, so will ignore any remaining tickets at the cheaper price level if there aren't enough for all the passengers travelling.

Sorrento, Pompeii & Herculaneum are on the Circumvesuviana Railway: Remember that Sorrento & Pompeii are not on the mainline Trenitalia network.
You travel to Naples Centrale with Trenitalia then switch to the frequent local Circumvesuviana Railway,
This is a local railway, you just buy a ticket at the ticket office and hop on the next train. See the visit to Pompeii page.

Amalfi, Positano & Praiano don't have stations, you can reach them by bus from Salerno or Sorrento.

Milan-Tirano and some other local trains in Northern Italy can be found at a joint venture between Trenitalia and LeNord.

Competing NTV Italo high-speed trains: Private operator NTV runs its new high-speed Italo trains in competition with Trenitalia on the main Milan/Venice-Florence-Rome-Naples route, see the Italo page.
You can buy Italo tickets at

Do I need to make seat reservations on Italian trains?
For most trains between most major destinations, yes, you do.
You don't necessarily need to make the reservations that far in advance, but if you're traveling with a rail pass, don't assume you can hop on any Italian train with just your pass in hand.
Even with a Eurail pass, you still need to pay a little extra to ride the fastest trains on the main routes connecting Italy's bigger cities.
Le Frecce trains: These trains provide most of the high-speed service on the main lines between Turin, Milan, Venice, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Naples, and Bari. Reservations are required.
Regional trains: Most trains that aren't on the main lines, such as connections to Assisi, as well as most Florence–Pisa–Cinque Terre service, don't require (or even offer) reservations.
Any tips for buying point-to-point train tickets in Italy?
If a rail pass doesn't pencil out for your trip, you may be able to shave off the cost of your train tickets or at least some of the hassle with some of these tips:

Avoid train-station ticket lines whenever possible by using the ticket machines found in station halls.
If you do use the ticket windows, be sure to stand in the correct line.
You can buy train tickets (and make seat reservations) at major travel agencies in Italian city centers, reserving several key trains at one stop.
The cost is only a little more, it can be more convenient (if you find yourself near a travel agency while you're sightseeing), there are no crowds, and the language barrier can be smaller than at the station's ticket windows.

Milan is Italy's city of class and elegance with some of Europe's best shopping.
Head to Quadrilatero d’Oro for a retail experience to die for with all the major designers concentrated together, such as Prada, Giorgio Armani and Dolce & Gabbana.
By night, get tickets for an opera or ballet at La Scala (Teatro alla Scala) for a memorable night of entertainment from the country's most renowned performers.
Leonardo da Vinci's 15th- century mural, The Last Supper is housed within the church of Santa Maria della Grazie and is a must-see on a visit to Milan. Another top attraction to include is the magnificent Milan Cathedral – swoon at the gothic architecture from the exterior and inside, marvel at intricate stained glass windows and a rich array of sculptures and paintings.

If you're in search of an affair of the heart, Venice is sure to reel you in with its artistic setting and labyrinth of enchanting canals. The best way to taste the city's riches is on board the iconic gondola.
As you're propelled along the Grand Canal – the most ancient water throughfare in Venice – admire views of grand Renaissance palaces and intricate arch bridges.
Located just off the Grand Canal is Piazza San Marco, drawing in large crowds as well as musicians and artists. The square's centre-piece is San Marco's Basilica – a fine example of Venetian-Byzantine architecture. The church is known as the "Church of Gold" thanks to its dressing of opulent gilt and intricate frescoes.

Michelangelo's Statue of David is by far one of the most recognized sculptures on the planet and an absolute must-see on a trip to the renaissance city of Florence.
The original is housed in the Galleria dell'Accademia with a replica standing in Piazza della Signoria. This renaissance masterpiece represents the biblical hero David, is made of marble and stands at an astounding 17 ft (5.17m).
Another popular attraction is il Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore) – its impressive dome is the symbol of Florence. Climb the 463 steps up to the top for a panoramic vista across the city.
The route also takes you to the dome's interior where you can get up close to Giorgio Vasari's incredible frescoes of the Last Judgment. Whether you’re an art lover, a history buff or just a curious adventurer, Florence offers a celebration for the eye, and for the palate.

Rome will be the highlight of your Italy itinerary.
The Colosseum was the largest ever built in the Roman Empire and is regarded as one of the greatest examples of Roman architecture.
Step into the core of the ancient amphitheater to imagine the buzzing atmosphere of the chanting Roman crowds, as barbarous fighting between gladiators took place.
Within Rome sits the Vatican – the sovereign city state packed with fascinating museums and imposing architecture. Take a tour of the Vatican Museums, which were established and developed over the centuries by the reigning Popes.
In the Sistine Chapel you'll see Michelangelo's remarkable frescoes that adorn the walls and ceilings. Nearby isSt Peter's Basilica – an impressive example of Renaissance architecture and the holiest Catholic site.

If you're looking for an insight into the real, gritty Italy of the south, Naples is your place.
The city is Italy's third biggest and has some of the world's best opera houses and theatres. Head to the Bay of Naples for glorious views of Mount Vesuvius – one of Italy's three active volcanoes.
Just a short boat ride away is the stunning Capri Island, where wealthy Italians spend their summer vacations. It makes for the perfect day trip from the hustle and bustle of Naples. Take a clifftop walk to admire views across the sun-kissed Tyrrhenian Sea and be sure to enjoy a refreshing drink of fresh orange and lemon juice – made with fruit hand picked from the island's groves.
The boat ride to Capri is not included in your Eurail pass.

There are a lot of reasons to travel by train in Italy: the romance, the convenience, the cost, and the scenic settings are the first that come to mind.
However, the best thing about train travel in Italy is that it works like a charm – saving you time and money while also allowing you to see the country like a local.
Train travel in Italy is often the fastest way to get between two points. Driving between Rome and Florence takes close to four hours depending on traffic.
Italian highspeed trains travel on dedicated tracks at well over 100 mph, so you are going to be able to get between major cities in less time than it takes to drive.
Check-in for Italian trains is a breeze.
Show up at the train station with your tickets and you are ready to go.
All you need to do is make the short walk to your platform – no messing around with check-in, security lines, or gates and boarding procedures.
Italian train stations are easier to get to than airports.
Most major Italian train stations have “centrale” in their name because they are indeed very central.
Train stations are major hubs for transportation and so they tend to be right in the middle of Italian cities, or at least on the edge of the city center.
Because of flight restrictions and the space needed to safely land a plane, airports are the opposite and tend to be located pretty far outside of the city.
Train stations are 100% easier to get to, which is one reason that train travel in Italy is so much faster and more convenient than flying.
Traveling in Italy by train is incredibly beautiful.
Trains in Italy pass through much more countryside than any road. In most cases, your train journey is going to travel through fields and vineyards.
You will catch glimpses of untouched natural reserves and you won’t be distracted by any zipping traffic.
Taking in the sunset over a tiny village as you sit on the train towards your next Italian destination is not only scenic but also romantic.
Planning to travel by train in Italy is also easy.
Once you are on board, all you have to worry about is remembering to get off at your stop.
You don’t have to mess with directions or check the GPS just keep your eye on the clock so that you are ready to gather your things when you are getting close to your arrival time. Stops are announced in Italian and in English so you really won’t mess up.
If you still don’t believe how easy it is here is a complete guide to buying train tickets in Italy.

For the big cities, the main train stations are:
Rome: Roma Termini (Roma Tiburtina is another large station but it is further outside the city center. Roma Trastevere and Roma Ostiense are two smaller stations which mainly handle regional trains)
Florence: Firenze Santa Maria Novella
Milan: Milano Centrale
Venice: Venezia Santa Lucia (this will drop you at the Grand Canal. Venezia Mestre is on the other side of the Venetian lagoon)
Turin: Torino Porta Nuova
Naples: Napoli Centrale

Orari treni acquisti biglietti ferroviari online informazioni in tempo reale sui treni in circolazione e sulla situazione delle partenze e degli arrivi nelle principali stazioni. cancellazioni totali o parziali di treni, soppressioni o aggiunte di fermate, deviazioni di percorso, cambiamenti di numerazione dei treni fornisce l’informazione sul binario reale di partenza o di arrivo, quello che viene confermato poco prima dell’ingresso del treno in stazione.

Programma orario soluzioni di viaggio per l’itinerario selezionato, con orari e relativi cambi. 
Orari dei Treni per l'Italia e l'Europa Servizi di ricerca orario treni in Italia ed in Europa. Inoltre, le ferroviarie italiane locali e regionali; l'elenco gli orari dei treni europei nazione per nazione; risorse per trovare orari, informazioni e prezzi.

Siti Ufficiali Ferrovie dello Stato is the official Trenitalia website which will give times & fares for most Italian routes & trains, including sleeper trains and direct international trains.


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