Travelling by train in Italy

Map Italy with capital city Rome

An inspiration to great artists and the birthplace of Renaissance culture, visit Italy’s magnificent monuments on your rail trip. With your InterRail pass - discover the timeless city of Rome, the enchanting waterways of Venice and take a break to sip some delicious wine in Tuscany. An assortment of mesmerising attractions, Italy has something for every traveller.

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Colosseum, Rome

Colosseum, Rome

Duomo of Florence

Duomo of Florence

Grand Canal, Venice

Grand Canal, Venice

Lake Garda

Lake Garda

Cinque Terre

Cinque Terre

Italy quick facts

 
  • Population: 59.7 million

  • Language: Italian

  • Currency: Euro

  • Dialing code: +39

Trains in Italy

 
Logo Trenitalia, Italy

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Places to visit

 
Venice seen from gondola
Venice seen from gondola

Be enchanted

Lose yourself in Venice (Venezia) enchanting maze of canals. As one of the most romantic places on the planet it promises to charm even the most hardened soul. It’s a popular tourist destination, so dodge peak times to avoid feeling like an olive stuffed in a jar. If intricate and inspiring art is your bag, Florence (Firenze) – birthplace of the Renaissance – is bound to hit the spot. The whole city is lavishly adorned with palaces, museums, galleries and other artistic gems, sending your imagination on a stroll through Medieval Italy.

The train brings you right into Venice. Get off at Venezia Santa Lucia train station.

Mount Etna, Sicily
Mount Etna, Sicily

Fuel the adrenaline junky in you

Check out the Dolomites mountain range in the north east of Italy, where you can get some piste-action through the winter months and when things warm up join a hike or try mountain climbing. Italy is also known for its tectonic activity with Sicily being home to one of the world’s most temperamental volcanoes. Mount Etna lies conspicuously on the eastern side of the island (take a discounted ferry over), with a range of hiking tours offered around the volcano – for those days Etna isn't chucking out smoke and volcanic ash!

Book an excursion to Mount Etna from Taormina.

Teatro alla Scala, Milan
Teatro alla Scala, Milan

Get social with the locals!

Join the Italians in what they do best – socialising. Milan (Milano) is a great place for letting your hair down and painting the city red, white and green. If you want to start the night with a bit of class and culture, grab a ticket for an opera at the Teatro alla Scala, before checking out the bars along the winding streets of Brera. Another popular night-spot is Rimini, on Italy’s east coast rail line between Venice and Ancona. Party hard on the beach front at Lungomare Augusto, where you have a great choice of bars and discos.

The Teatro alla Scala is 5 minutes by metro from the main station and from there Brera is a 5-minute walk. Lungomare Augusto is 15 minutes by foot from the main station in Rimini.

Colosseum, Rome
Colosseum, Rome

Rome: Uncover Italy’s fascinatingly rich past

Expect to be bombarded with remnants of the Roman Empire and the power and superiority that went with it. You’ll find many great places to visit in Rome, but don’t forget to take some time out with an espresso and indulge in some people watching. Step out of the city into the world’s Roman Catholic hub and residence of the Pope – the Vatican City – and marvel at some of the most breathtaking art and architecture known to man. The nearby Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel are a must-see – get discounted entry with an InterRail Italy Pass. Rome is a highlight of any trip through Italy – be assured you’ll want to return! 

The Vatican is a 10-minute walk from Rome’s San Pietro train station.

Lake Garda
Lake Garda

Stunningly beautiful Italy

Visit Lake Garda, which provides a dazzling backdrop for those wanting a taste of Italian outdoor life in one of the many campsites scattered around the Brecia Riviera. Lay back among the lush citrus groves and olive trees with a good bottle of Prosecco and a tasty Italian picnic. You also have 8000 kilometres of gorgeous Mediterranean coastline to pick from, where you’re likely to find immaculately groomed Italians swanning up and down the promenade. Plus Italy has its fair share of island treats – choose from Sardinia, Capri and Stromboli.

Desenzano del Garda and Peschiera del Garda are the main stations serving Lake Garda and are on the Milan – Venice train line.

Events

 
Venice Carnival, Venice
Venice Carnival, Venice

Venice carnival

February 15 - March 4, 2014

Theatre, 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

Held in a 2000-year old Roman amphitheatre, this is one of the most remarkable opera venues you’re going to find. Even if opera isn’t your bag, you’ll still come away feeling spellbound.

The Arena di Verona is 15 min by foot from Verona’s Porta Nuova train station.

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.

Notte Rosa, Rimini
Notte Rosa, Rimini

The Notte Rosa

July 4, 2014

Regarded as the Italian summer’s New Year’s eve, this festival sees the whole of the Adriatic decked out in pink lights and decoration. There’s theatre, music and an overall warm party atmosphere among everyone.

The event is held from Lidos of Comacchio to Cattolica, but the centre of the party is in Rimini which can be reached by train.

Umbria Jazz festival, Perugia
Umbria Jazz festival, Perugia

Umbria jazz festival

July 11 - July 20, 2014

One of the world’s most-loved jazz festivals held on Perugia’s hilltop.

From Perugia’s train station take a bus up the hill for about 15min to the historic centre of Perugia.

Regata Storica, Venice, Italy
Regata Storica, Venice, Italy

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 action: just walk along the nearby Ponte della Liberta along the water.

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

InterRail passes for Italy

 

All InterRail passes with Italy

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

InterRail passes Prices from
€ 129
€ 147
€ 156

Pass benefits in Italy

 

Enjoy free and discounted ferries and buses. Plus get a discount at the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel.

All the extra pass benefits in Italy

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