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Find out why Italy is the most popular destination with Interrail travellers


An inspiration to great artists and the birthplace of Renaissance culture, Italy’s magnificent monuments will take your breath away. Explore the timeless city of Rome, the enchanting canals of Venice and savour the delicious wine of Tuscany. Discover new treasures as you travel along Italy's beautiful coastal train routes.

Italy quick facts

  • Population: 60.4 million

  • Language: Italian

  • Currency: Euro

  • Dialing code: +39

Trains in Italy


Find out everything about Italy’s rail network, different train types and reservation requirements.
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Interrail passes for Italy

Interrail Italy Pass  

The Interrail Italy Pass lets you travel comfortably to Italy's highlights, like Rome, Florence, Venice and Milan.

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Interrail Global Pass  

The Interrail Global Pass is the flexible and budget-friendly way to get around up to 33 countries in Europe. Travel by train from one cool destination to the next. One day you're on a pub crawl through Amsterdam and the next you're white-water rafting in Interlaken, Switzerland.

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Please note that for most high-speed trains in Italy you'll need a seat reservation. Reservations are not included in your Interrail Pass. We can help you book your reservations for 95% of the trains in Europe. It's also possible to travel without reservations, by travelling with regional trains. 

Pass benefits in Italy

Enjoy free and discounted ferries and buses and more.

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Places to visit

    Venice seen from gondola
Venice seen from gondola

Be enchanted by Italy

Lose yourself in Venice (Venezia) and its 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, as the whole city is lavishly adorned with palaces, museums, galleries and other artistic gems.

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-sees. 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.

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Events in Italy | Official poster of Pavia Barocca

Pavia Barocca

Dates for 2020 TBA

Pavia Barocca is an international series of early music produced by Ghislierimusica in partnership with several public and private institutions; its artistic projects are developed in collaboration with european early music organizations (Ambronay, Oude Muziek Utrecht, etc.). It has an internationally renowned ensemble in residence, Ghislieri Choir & Consort, and supports emerging ensembles through "eeemerging", a “EU large scale cooperation project”.


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