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The best way to see Italy is by train and the Italian Trenitalia trains on the Frecce network will offer travellers the perfect routes around the country.

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A broad network

Planning a trip around Italy is easy with the Trenitalia Frecciarossa trains. The trains are also known as Eurostar Italia because of their high speed and comfort. You can see Italy from the coast to the mountains – there are so many options. For example you could start in Turin and take the train to Rome, stopping off at different cities along the way.

What about Milan to see the Duomo, the impressive Galleria Vittorio Emmanuelle and the Milan Cathedral? From Milan there is also the option to take the White Arrow train, the Trenitalia Frecciabianca to Venice where you can explore the network of canals and listen to opera in St Marcs Square.

Passengers on the Trenitalia trains can hop off in central Italy’s Bologna or Florence, the stunning capital of Tuscany, with its Renaissance architecture and beautiful countryside. To discover the home of pizza travellers must stop off in Naples.

Trenitalia trains will take you right to the heart of Italy’s volcanic region close to where Mount Vesuvius destroyed the city of Pompeii. There are so many towns and cities you can visit with Trenitalia, and don’t forget the romantic and chic Amalfi coast, which offers some of the most beautiful coastline in Europe.

All of this without even mentioning Rome! When the train finally arrives in Rome of course there is so much to do you could spend days exploring the rich cultural history, fantastic restaurants and wonderful art and architecture of Italy’s capital city.

Rail passes

If you are just travelling to a couple of cities in Italy then perhaps you only need to get point to point tickets but if you want to explore the country in more detail then a rail pass is a great option.

The Eurail Italy pass allows you to travel on most national trains as many times as you like, whenever you wish. This Italy rail pass gives passengers unlimited travel from 3 to 10 days within two months so you will have plenty of time to stop off for a couple of days if a city really interests you. There are adult, youth, child and even first class passes to choose from.

For anyone who wants to explore Italy and another country too then there are many more options. Have a look at Rail Europe for the full list of passes available.

You’ll find France-Italy, Italy-Spain and Italy-Greece passes, or if you want to explore up to five bordering countries then the Eurail Select Pass is the best option.

For the ultimate travel freedom in and around Europe there is the Eurail Global pass which allows travellers to explore up to 24 counties by train. It’s worth noting as well that rail passes often come with discounts and bonuses in the cities you are visiting.

Which pass will you choose? Which European adventure awaits you?