Traveling by train in Italy

Map Italy with capital city Rome

Rome, Venice and Florence are the top three destinations for Italy rail travel. The coastal southern cities have the Mediterranean Sea to draw visitors looking for sun, while the northern cities near the Alps profit from winter sports enthusiasts.

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Quick facts
Trains in Italy
Places to visit
Events
Eurail passes for Italy
Best of Italy Trip
Pass benefits in Italy
 

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Coliseum of Rome

Coliseum of Rome

Duomo of Florence

Duomo of Florence

View of the Grand Canal in Venice

View of the Grand Canal in Venice

View of Naples

View of Naples

View of Cinque Terre

View of Cinque Terre

Italy quick facts

 
  • Capital: Rome

  • Population: 59.6 million

  • Language: Italian

  • Currency: Euro (EUR)

  • Dialing code: +39

Trains in Italy

 
Logo Trenitalia, Italy

The train is the way to travel in Italy. The service is frequent, and the trains are among the most modern in Europe. Most of them are operated by Ferrovie dello Stato (FS).

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Places to visit

 
Dolomites mountains
Dolomites mountains

For the adventurers

Looking for more of a challenge? The Via Ferrata (iron ways) are the steel ladders and fixed cables in the Dolomite mountains (Dolomiti) that make climbing a safe experience for both beginning and advanced climbers. Spread throughout the Dolomites, these climbs offer spectacular views and stimulating challenges. There are many routes and difficulty levels to choose from, so the daredevil inside you is likely to be satisfied. One beautiful route for beginners is accessible by Calalzo train station (about 3 hours from Venice).

From station Calalzo, take a local bus to Santo Stefano di Cadore (about 20 minutes). Expeditions through the Via Ferrata in that region are offered at most difficulty levels.

Statue of  David in Piazza della Signoria, Florence
Statue of David in Piazza della Signoria, Florence

Get close to genius in Florence

Florence offers art lovers the chance to stand in the presence of greatness. Almost all of Italy’s world-famous art pieces are on display there. Visit Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell'Accademia di Bella Arti. Next, take in the Uffizi Gallery and especially The Birth of Venus, by Botticelli. When you’re done, enjoy the culinary delights of this world-famous city. 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.

From Florence station Firenze SMN, Michelangelo’s David is only a 15-minute walk away.

Cinque Terre, Italy
Cinque Terre, Italy

Hike and climb in paradise

The Cinque Terre (five lands) includes the five picturesque fishing villages Riomaggiore, Manarola, Monterosso, Vernazza and Corniglia, all situated along the northwest coast of Italy. Nature lovers can hike along the cliff-side trails that connect the villages in a single day, but with the breathtaking scenery, you may want to stay longer.

From Stazione Riomaggiore, you can be in the Cinque Terre National Park in 15 minutes by foot, or even faster with a bus.

Shopping in Milan
Shopping in Milan

Modern magical Milan

Milan is a bustling center of high finance and higher fashion. Skyscrapers blend with historical buildings, and give the city a modern flair combined with an old-world feel. Known for its fabulous nightlife and high-energy pace, Milan is a modern mecca for the young and the young-at-heart. Read about traveling around Italy by train.

The world-famous Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping center is a 20-minute walk from Porta Venezia train station. But take a tram to save energy for all the shopping!

Trevi fountain, Rome
Trevi fountain, Rome

Rome: a royal adventure

Rome, known as the eternal city, offers a feast for the eyes and a festival for the soul. Drop a coin into the famous Trevi fountain, and take in the historical architecture and the unique beauty of this vibrant, ancient metropolis.

The Trevi fountain is a 20-minute walk from Roma Termini train station. And there’s plenty to see on the way.

Carnaval in Venice
Carnaval in Venice

Venice: sailing through the centuries

Venice can feel like the décor of your own fairy tale. Tour the breathtaking cathedrals and spectacular museums that make Venice a truly unique destination. Get lost in the winding streets that hide mystery behind every corner. Or discover Venice as it was meant to be seen – from a gondola. Either way, you’ll find mystery and passion wherever you look.

Vaporetti (city ferries) are the main mode of public transport in Venice. They stop right outside Venice’s Santa Lucia station (Stazione Venezia Santa Lucia).

Events

 
Venice Carnival, Venice
Venice Carnival, Venice

Venice Carnival

February 15 - March 4, 2014

Theater, dance and acrobatic performances: the whole of Venice comes alive during Carnavele di Venezia. The traditional masked balls of the festival are known around the world and make for a unique experience.

Get off at Autostazione train station to reach Venice and travel by boat to the different parts of the festival.

Verona Opera Festival, Verona
Verona Opera Festival, Verona

Verona Opera Festival

June 20 - September 7, 2014

Every summer, Verona organizes this operatic delight for your ears and your eyes. The city's ancient Roman amphitheater is the epicenter of this event, which the locals call Arena di Verona.

Verona is less than 90 minutes by train from either Milan (Milano Centrale) or Venice (Venezie Mestre). From Verona central station (Stazione Verona Porta Nuova), the amphitheater is a 20-minute walk or 5-minute cab ride.

Palio di Siena
Palio di Siena

Palio di Siena

July 2 - August 16, 2014

Twice a year the madness of this horserace, which dates back to the Middle Ages, takes to the city’s main piazza. Expect eating, drinking and partying with the locals!

The Piazza del Campo is a short walk from Piazza Indipendenza bus stop.

Umbria Jazz festival, Perugia
Umbria Jazz festival, Perugia

Umbria Jazz Festival

July 11 - July 20, 2014

If you have a soft spot for jazz, use your Eurail pass to visit the city of Perugia (between Florence and Assisi) in July. The Umbria Jazz Festival is one of the leading jazz events in Europe. A great stop along this Italian scenic route through the Umbrian hills.
 

The best way to reach the festival site is by foot, 20 minutes from the main station.

Regata Storica, Venice
Regata Storica, Venice

Regata Storica

September 7, 2014

Every year on the first Sunday in September, Venice hosts the Regata Storica, the annual trial of strength and skill for the city's gondoliers and other expert rowers. Venice’s Santa Lucia train station is closest to the action: just walk along the nearby Ponte della Liberta along the water.

Venice is only a 3 hr train ride away from Milan. The only way to get around in Venice is by foot or by boat.

Eurail passes for Italy

 

Most popular passes with Italy

Eurail Global Pass from USD$263

The Eurail Global Pass is the flexible and value-for-money train pass that lets you explore up to 27 countries by rail. Hop on board comfortable trains that take you right to the center of Europe's cities. One day you're relaxing on a gondola ride in Venice and the next you're discovering Prague's fairy-tale castle.

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Eurail Italy Pass from USD$194

The Eurail Italy Pass is your key to uncovering Italy's rich history and vibrant culture. Step inside the ancient walls of Rome's Colosseum, take a gondola ride along the Grand Canal in Venice and in Florence, admire Michelangelo's masterpiece, the statue of David.

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Eurail France - Italy Pass from USD$267

The Eurail France-Italy Pass is your key to uncovering two of Europe's most popular countries by rail. Visit the Eiffel Tower in Paris, lie on the beach in Nice, gaze up at the Statue of David in Florence and get around Venice by gondola. Plus, enjoy breathtaking views of the French Alps and rolling Umbrian hills as you travel between cities.

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All Eurail passes with Italy

Here's a list of all Eurail passes for your travels through this country:

Eurail passes Prices from
USD$ 186
USD$ 263
USD$ 194
Eurail passes Prices from
USD$ 248
USD$ 267
USD$ 267

Best of Italy Trip

 
Best of Italy trip

Eurail.com presents the Best of Italy Trip, a complete Italian vacation by rail.
 

Here's what you get:

  • Trip planning taken care of - Our team of rail experts created a full itinerary for you that includes world-class cities like Rome and Venice.

  • A 1st class Eurail pass - Travel in comfort and luxury on board Italy's modern trains.

  • Pre-booked seat reservations - We will book all of your reservations for the high-speed trains you'll travel on.

 

Collect beautiful memories in La Bella Italia during this trip. Train travel in Italy has never been this easy!


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Pass benefits in Italy

 

Check out the extra discounts for Eurail pass holders in Italy, including reductions and free travel on certain ferry crossings, plus a discount on the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.


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