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Rome, Florence and Venice aside, think blue Mediterranean waters, sandy beaches, Alpine mountains and a foodie's paradise.

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Venice Rome 03:20 AU$ 80
Milan Rome 02:55 AU$ 88
Rome Florence 01:21 AU$ 54
Venice Milan 02:10 AU$ 60
Venice Florence 01:53 AU$ 71
Milan Florence 01:58 AU$ 79
Rome Pisa 02:30 AU$ 55
Pisa Milan 04:03 AU$ 52
Rome Naples 01:08 AU$ 39
Naples Venice 05:05 AU$ 159
Milan Naples 04:15 AU$ 107
Verona Rome 02:50 AU$ 66
Florence Naples 02:31 AU$ 107
Venice Verona 00:53 AU$ 36
Milan Verona 01:14 AU$ 35
Rome Genoa 04:15 AU$ 74
Milan Genoa 01:30 AU$ 31
Bologna Rome 01:54 AU$ 68
Rome Turin 04:05 AU$ 87
La Spezia Rome 02:47 AU$ 65
Venice Bologna 01:13 AU$ 30
Milan Bologna 01:00 AU$ 41
Turin Venice 04:18 AU$ 88
Turin Milan 01:00 AU$ 41
Naples Pisa 05:12 AU$ 66
Bologna Florence 00:35 AU$ 19

Italy

With over 16,000 km of railway tracks, Italy has an excellent rail network. The national railway company in Italy is known as Trenitalia. The company operates high speed trains as well as regional trains. The Italian high speed trains are known as Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca. Italy is the first country in Europe to welcome privately operated high speed trains called Italo, which are operated by the NTV railway company. Thanks to international high speed trains, Italy has connections with France and Switzerland. Thello nigh trains operate between Paris and Rome as well as between Paris and Venice.

Cityscape

The train’s network is well developed so you can easily visit Rome and its historical monuments and then go by train to experience Firenze Renaissance architecture. Discover Venice’s canal, a perfect and romantic destination if you go in couple. Reach Naples to test the best pizzas in the world, or hop in train to Milan, the Italy’s fashion capital.

Landscape

From the rolling hills of Tuscany to the water buffalo of Campania, the diversity of the Italian landscape will wow you. If you prefer basking the sun, go to Sardinia’s Costa Smeralda and enjoy the turquoise waters. Heritage lovers, why don’t you get a train to Sicily to explore ancient Greek theatres?

Take home

Be thrilled with designer labels in Milan; buy some well-known hand-blown Murano glass in the beautiful Venice. If you like wines, bring back some bottles of the red Brunello, from Montalcino, Tuscany. If you go to Umbria, painted ceramics can be a perfect gift.

Eat & Drink

Sardinia’s seafood risotto or bistecca alla florentina, buffalo mozzarella or Tuscan steaks are just so many dishes you can feast with. If you stay in Northern Italy, try some truffles and porcini mushrooms. If you are in the south, test the fiori di Zucchini, it is just delightful.

New Perspective

In Liguria, have a one of the kind memory boarding on train to see the sunset on traditional tiny villages of Cinque Terre region.

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Grimaldi Ferries 20% discount on official fares
(port taxes, fixed dues and special fares excluded)
www.grimaldi-lines.com

  • Barcelona-Civitavecchia
  • Barcelona-Livorno
  • Civitavecchia-Porto Vecchio (Corsica)
  • Civitavecchia/Salerno/Palermo-Tunis
  • Civitavecchia-Toulon
  • Livorno-Porto Vecchio (Corsica) For tickets and reservations fill in the form EURAIL INTERRAIL on www.grimaldi-lines.com. Italy: +39 081 496 444 Spain: +34 932 959 100

HML, service operated by Endeavor Lines

  • Patras-Brindisi, extra calls at Corfu and Cefalonia during the summer. 30% discount on all categories (except the luxury cabin) in high season (15/06-15/09); 50% discount on all categories (except the luxury cabin) outside the high season. Information and booking: Brindisi +39 0831 528 531 Email: resa@hml.it Rome +39 06 4740141 Email: hml.roma@tiscali.it

Minoan Lines International
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  • Patras/Igoumenitsa-Ancona
  • Patras/Corfu/Igoumenitsa-Venice Free deck passage (embarkation upon availability). Seasonal surcharge: June and September € 16 per person. July and August € 26 per person. 50% discount on upgrades. Italy: +39 041 240 7177 Greece: +30 210 414 5700 The company reserves the right to apply a fuel surcharge when this is inevitable due to extraneous factors.

Superfast Ferries / Blue Star Ferries (EURAIL Member)
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  • Bari-Patras
  • Bari-Igoumenitsa
  • Ancona-Igoumenitsa
  • Ancona-Patras Free air seats/dormitories for 1st class pass holders, free deck passage for 2nd class pass holders. Seasonal surcharge: June and September € 10 per person. July and August € 20 per person. Fuel surcharge is extra & port taxes are € 7. Italy, Ancona +39 071 202 034 info.anconaport@superfast.com Italy, Bari +39 080 528 2828 info.bariport@superfast.com Greece +30 210 891 9130 info.athens@superfast.com

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  • "5 Day Italy Pass "

      Ian b. 
    We recently used a 5 Day Italy Pass, the value of which needs to be seriously considered. The great advantage of a pass is that you can travel wherever you like on the days or for the time you have the pass. Most trips, however, are carefully planned and it is rare you would take a trip you had not planned. Many trips in Italy require a reservation which costs extra. It is almost certainly better value to simply buy the ticket required rather than buy a pass and then purchase a reservation. This has been difficult in the past but with improvements in website access, purchasing tickets online is now quite simple. A further problem with the first class pass that we had is that for those trips that do not require a reservation, there is no first class. In summary, a pass may be useful for long expensive trips but for shorter trips (1-2 hours) that we took, it was not good value.