Italy itinerary

Landscape in Garfagnana, Lucca

Take to the Italian rails with the Eurail Italy 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 take a tour of 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 that bring you to Italy's authentic towns and villages. The Eurail Italy Pass gives you the freedom to travel around Italy at your own pace and along the route that you choose.

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For this itinerary we recommend:

  • Eurail pass: Italy

  • Travel days: 4 days within 2 months

1

Milan, Italy

 

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.

Milan, Italy

Milan Cathedral

MIlan Cathedral
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Admire Milano Centrale station – a monument in its own right.

From Milan to Venice

 
Milan-Venice

Travel time: 2h35

Transfer: 0

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  • Milan, Italy

    Milano Centrale

  • 2h35
  • Venice, Italy

    Stazione di Venezia Mestre

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Venice, Italy

 

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.

Venice

San Marco Square

San Marco Square

From Venice to Florence

 
Venice-Florence

Travel time: 2h5

Transfer: 0

  • Venice, Italy

    Venezia Santa Maria

  • 2h5
  • Florence, Italy

    Firenze S.M.N.

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Florence, Italy

 

Michaelangelo'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.

Florence

Il Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore)

Il Duomo (Cathedral of Santa Maria del Fiore)

From Florence to Rome

 
Florence-Rome

Travel time: 1h30

Transfer: 0

  • Florence, Italy

    Firenze S.M.N.

  • 1h30
  • Rome, Italy

    Roma Termini

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Rome, Italy

 

Rome’s Colosseum was the largest ever built in the Roman Empire and is regarded as one of the greatest examples of Roman architecture. Its outer walls are surrounded by a constant circulation of traffic, so it’s only when you step into the core of the ancient amphitheater that you can really imagine the  buzzing atmosphere of the chanting Roman crowds, as barborous 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. The highlight is the Sistine Chapel with Michaelangelo's remarkable frescoes that adorn the walls and ceilings. Nearby is St Peter's Basilica – an impressive example of Renaissance architecture and the holiest Catholic site.

Rome

View of Vatican City

View of Vatican City

From Rome to Naples

 
Rome-Napels

Travel time: 1h10

Transfer: 0

  • Rome, Italy

    Roma Termini

  • 1h10
  • Naples, Italy

    Napoli Centrale

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Naples, Italy

 

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 is 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 is the stunning Capri Island, where the wealthy Italians spend their summer vacations. It makes for the perfect day trip from the hustle and bustle of Naples. Take a clifftop walk and admire views across the sun-kissed Tyrrhenian Sea, go souvenir shopping in the classy boutiques and be sure to enjoy a refreshing drink of fresh orange and lemon juice – made with fruit hand picked from the island's groves.

Naples

Capri Island

Capri Island

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