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Italy by Train with Rail Europe

Think of travelling through Italy by train and the mind conjures up images of rolling hills, undulating landscapes and bright sunflowers swaying in the breeze. Train travel has always held an element of romance with a focus on the journey as well as the destination. With Rail Europe and the various high speed Italian rail services, reaching a destination has become more affordable.

Italy by Train with Rail Europe
Venezia Santa Lucia Train Station

Trenitalia offer high speed trains such as the Frecciabianca, Frecciargento and Frecciarossa connecting all of Italy’s major cities.

The Frecciabianca runs the classic routes connecting Rome to the main Italian cities in the North East and South at speeds of up to 250 km/h. The trip from Milan to Venice trip takes 2h 27 min and starts from $41, whereas the 8 hour trip from Milan to Bari starts from $81.

Frecciargento has 56 trains a day and runs at speeds of up to 200km/hr with a Rome to Venice trip taking 3h 15min (from $68). The state of the art Frecciarossa has 80 trains a day connecting Italy from North to South at speeds of up to 300 km/h with a Rome to Naples trip taking an hour and ten minutes (from $41).

Italy by Train with Rail Europe

For high speed travel between major Italian cities including Florence, Rome, Venice, Milan, Naples, Salerno, Bologna, Turin, and Padua, Italo, NTV’s high-speed trains are a popular choice. For example, the journey from Rome to Naples takes 1hr 08min and starts from $19.

You can choose from three classes referred to as ambiences with Smart (2nd Class), Prima (1st Class) and Club (Exclusive 1st Class). Aside from sleek design and modern luxury, free wi-fi is available for all travellers. On non-stop trips between Rome and Milan, entertainment carriages with large flat TV screens broadcast first run movies and lighter entertainment and news on the shorter routes with gourmet meals by Eataly available for purchase.

Italy by Train with Rail Europe

Once you’ve arrived in the region of your choosing, visiting neighbouring towns by train in the Veneto region is easy and you can find more information on Venice Day Trips here.

For information on planning your train trip through Italy, visit the website below. Buon viaggio!

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Corinne Mossati

Corinne Mossati is the Founder/Editor of popular online magazine Gourmantic and Cocktails & Bars, a website dedicated to cocktail culture and the discerning drinker. She is named in Australian Bartender Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential List since 2013, is a member of The Academy responsible for judging the World’s 50 Best Bars. She has also judged the inaugural Australasian Whisky Awards and various national cocktail competitions.