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La Bella Italia

A classic Italian Interrail trip

 

This romantic route enables you to enjoy the most classic Italian cities on short train journeys.

  • Start your trip in world-famous Rome to visit its marvellous landmarks such as the Roman Colosseum, the Vatican City and the Roman Forum.

  • Continue your trip in Florence, Venice and Verona to experience authentic Italian history, romance and cuisine among other Italian delights.

  • Finish your trip in the fashion capital, Milan, before heading to the tranquillity of the Cinque Terre.

 

Click here or on the map to view this route in our Trip Planner

Cities visited in this trip:

 

1. Rome

2. Florence

3. Venice

4. Verona

5. Milan

6. Manarola (Cinque Terre)

 

For this itinerary we recommend:

  • Interrail Pass: Italy Pass
  • Travel days: 8 days within 1 month

1. Rome

 

As one of Italy's highlights, Rome's ancient monuments will fascinate you, but don't forget to indulge yourself with an Italian espresso. The combination of both will definitely make you return!

  • Visit the largest Colosseum built during the Roman Empire, one of the greatest examples of Roman architecture.

  • Close by, the hip quarter of Monti hosts an urban market every weekend. You will find everything you want there!

  • Explore 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.

Roma Termini train station is 15 minutes away from the city centre. You can get there by taking a bus to Fontana di Trevi or the metro to Spagna or Colosseo.
Views of Vatican City from the river Tiber at night Rome

From Rome to Florence by train

Travel time:

1h31m

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  • Rome, Italy

    Roma Termini

  • 1h 31m

    Reservation required

  • Florence, Italy

    Firenze S.M.N.

2. Florence

 

Florence (Firenze), birthplace of the Renaissance, will enchant you whether you're an art lover, a history buff or just a curious adventurer.

  • Visit Michelangelo's Statue of David in Galleria dell'Accademia, one of the most recognised sculptures on the planet.

  • Walk through Florence Cathedral (il Duomo) and climb the 463 steps up to the top for a panoramic vista of the city.

  • Walk to San Miniato al Monte above Florence and enjoy the beautiful view at sunset.

You can walk from Firenze SMN railway station to Florence Cathedral. You'll be there in 12 minutes through Via Panzani.
View of Florence Cathedral from the Campanile Tower at early evening

From Florence to Venice by train

Travel time:

2h5m

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Reservation needed:

  • Florence, Italy

    Firenze S.M.N.

  • 2h 5m

    Reservation required

  • Venice, Italy

    Venezia Santa Lucia

3. Venice

 

Venice, one of the most romantic cities worldwide, promises to charm even the most hardened of souls.

  • Admire grand Renaissance palaces and intricate arch bridges, on board of the iconic Venetian gondola.

  • Visit San Marco Basilica at Piazza San Marco, a perfect example of Venetian-Byzantine architecture.

  • Be part of one of the most famous carnivals in the world. The Carnavele di Venezia makes the whole of Venice come alive every February.

Enjoy the most romantic train ride gliding along the sea to Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia.
Traditional gondola and gondolier through the canals of Venice

From Venice to Verona by train

Travel time:

0h58m

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  • Venice, Italy

    Venezia Santa Lucia

  • 0h 58m

    Reservation required

  • Verona, Italy

    Verona Porta Nuova

4. Verona

 

Verona is the city of love. As the birthplace of the ultimate romantic tragedy ‘Romeo and Juliet’, the city has become famous around the world.

  • Visit the house of Juliet, Casa di Giulietta, and the most famous balcony of all time.

  • Walk through picturesque Piazza delle Erbe.

  • Enjoy Verona Opera Festival held in a 2000-year old Roman amphitheatre. Even if opera isn’t your bag, you’ll still come away feeling spellbound.

You can take any of the buses from Stazione FS Porta Nuova going to Stazione S. Fermo 2. In 17 minutes you'll be next to Casa di Giulietta.
Sidewalk of piazza bra in verona veneto

From Verona to Milan by train

Travel time:

1h52m

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  • Verona, Italy

    Verona Porta Nueva

  • 1h 52m

    Reservation required

  • Milan, Italy

    Milano Centrale

5. Milan

 

Milan may be Italy's economic centre, but don't let that fool you. As the fashion capital of the world, this stunning city brings the best of the past and the present into its architecture, culture and gastronomy. 

 

  • Visit the biggest cathedral in Italy, Milan's Duomo, with its iconic white facade.

  • Marvel at Leonardo da Vinci's The Last Supper, painted inside the Church of Santa Maria delle Grazia. 

  • Put your best foot forward and visit La Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, the oldest shopping centre in the city, and shop until you drop in some of the world's most famous fashion houses. 

To get from Milano Centrale station to the historic centre, take the Metro Line 3 (yellow) from Centrale FS to Duomo. In 10 minutes, you'll be in the heart of the city. 
Sidewalk of piazza bra in verona veneto

From Milan to Cinque Terre by train

Travel time:

3h16m

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  • Milan, Italy

    Milano Centrale

  • 3h 16m

    Reservation required

  • La Spezia

    La Spezia Centrale

6. Manarola (Cinque Terre)

 

Known as the 'Five Lands', the Cinque Terre are five picturesque fishing villages perched on the Northern Italy coastline. With Manarola as your base, discover the unique romantic charm of each village. 

  • Snap a photo with Riomaggiore's colourful houses in the background - head down to the waterfront or the left harbour wall for the best angles.

  • Wander along ancient coastal paths between the towns, and prepare to be amazed by the views. Make sure to check which sections of the path are open before you start!

  • Swim in the shallows around Manarola and Corniglia, soaking in that Italian sun.

To get to the Cinque Terre, take the train to La Spezia, the closest major town. Then take the local line, the Cinque Terre Express, to hop between villages.
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Which pass should I get?

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The Italy One Country Pass is the ideal Pass for exploring this Mediterranean paradise. With this itinerary, we'd recommend 8 travel days within 1 month, giving you time to really discover the treasures of each destination. 

 

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