Italy by Train
Discover the beauty of traveling Italy by train
Traveling Italy by train means you can get everywhere, from the ancient relics of Pompeii to the spectacular Tuscan coastline. Discover the many treasures of Rome and Florence, go shopping in Milan and explore the canals of Venice by gondola. With a Eurail Pass and comfortable Italian trains, the entire country is within your reach!
Traveling Italy by train
Italy has an extensive high-speed train network, which will get you where you want to go a lot faster compared to the regional train system. However, for the high-speed trains you'll need to book a seat reservation. We'll explain you more about reservations a bit further down on this page.
How long does it take to travel by train between Italy's top cities? Check out approximate times for both regional and high-speed Italian trains:
|Route||High-speed train||Regional train|
|Rome to Florence||1hr 30min||3hr 30min|
|Rome to Milan||3hr||9hr|
|Rome to Venice||4hr||8hr|
|Florence to Milan||2hr||5hr|
|Florence to Venice||2hr||4hr|
|Pisa to Florence||-||1hr|
|Venice to Milan||-||2hr 30min|
International connections from Italy
Italy train routes: international connections
Italy ferry routes: international connections
Reservations for trains in Italy
When traveling Italy by train, you may need to reserve seats on trains in advance. As you plan your trip, make a note of which train types you'll take. Use the table below to check whether a seat reservation is needed or not.
All the trains listed in the table below are included in the Eurail Italy Pass so if a reservation is required, you only need to pay the reservation fee.
|Trenitalia regional trains||
|Le Frecce high-speed trains||
You can make reservations for domestic and international high-speed trains and night trains:
Through the Reservation Service.
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At a ticket desk at a local train station.
Please note that the number of seats available for Eurail Pass holders is limited on the TGV high-speed train from Paris to Milan. Tickets for this route can't be bought at Italian train stations. To book this train, visit the RailEurope office near Milan Central Station (Milano Centrale).
Address: Via Vitruvio 1. 20124 Milano
Phone number: +39 0240 32 6435
We recommend that you make reservations for the high season (May to September) and European holidays as soon as possible. Make reservations up to 3 months in advance. To check availability for the train, contact a booking center or visit a European railway station.
In case a train is fully booked for pass holders you can:
Check our alternative routes.
Buy a full-fare ticket (saving you a travel day if this is the only train you take that day).
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Rail pass options for Italy
Spend your whole vacation exploring Italy by rail.
Standard prices from € 105
Be free to visit Italy along with the other 32 Eurail countries.
Standard prices from €185
Train types in Italy
A range of Italian trains will transport you across the whole of Italy and its islands, and to and from other European countries by day and night. The majority of the Italian network is operated by Trenitalia. Use the Eurail train timetable or Trenitalia timetable to check times for trains in Italy.
Regional trains in Italy
Italy's regional and InterCity trains operate frequent services across the whole of Italy, train routes even including the islands of Sardinia and Sicily. It’s on these trains that you’ll meet Italians going about their daily lives.
High-speed trains in Italy
Le Frecce trains (formerly known as Eurostar Italia) are Trenitalia’s modern and comfortable high-speed trains that get you to all the popular Italian cities. All trains have: air-conditioning, large luggage racks, power sockets for electronic devices, plus refreshments and usually a restaurant car.
Trenitalia operates 3 Le Frecce (Eurostar Italia) high-speed trains:
|Frecciarossa||Connects the main Italian cities from north to south.|
|Frecciargento||Connects Rome to the main cities in the northeast and south of Italy.|
|Frecciabianca||Connects Turin and Milan to Italian cities in the northeast of Italy|
Night trains in and between Italy
International night trains:
Night trains connect Italy with Austria, Germany and Spain, saving you travel time and money. These night trains operate to and from Italy:
|Thello night train||
Domestic night trains:
Travel between the north and south of Italy by night, saving you precious travel time while you sleep. There is a domestic night train operating in Italy
Pass benefits in Italy
Free and discounted ferry travel is an extra benefit of the Eurail Italy Pass. Get free and discounted ferry travel from mainland Italy to:
Sardinia and Sicily (Italy)
Eurail Pass holders also travel for free on this international bus route:
Venice (Venezia) – Villach – Klagenfurt in Austria
More about traveling Italy by train
Population: 60 million
Currency: Euro (EUR)
Dialing code: +39
Italian hub stations
Italy's 2 main hub stations are Rome's: Roma Termini and Milan's: Milano Centrale. From these train stations it's possible to connect to trains to most of Italy's main cities.
Stations in Italy usually have excellent facilities, often including:
Foreign exchange desks
Restaurants and cafés
Tourist information offices
ATM cash machines
Elevators and escalators
Access for disabled passengers
Italian cities on timetables
On Italian train timetables and at train stations you'll usually find the local spelling of Italian cities and stations.
Here is the local spelling of some popular Italian cities:
Florence = Firenze
Genoa = Genova
Milan = Milano
Naples = Napoli
Padua = Padova
Pompeii = Pompei
Rome = Roma
Sicily (island) = Sicilia
Turin = Torino
Venice = Venezia
Places to visit in Italy
For the adventurers
Looking for more of a challenge? The Via Ferrata (iron ways) are the steel ladders and fixed cables in the Dolomite mountains (Dolomiti) that make climbing a safe experience for both beginning and advanced climbers. Spread throughout the Dolomites, these climbs offer spectacular views and stimulating challenges. There are many routes and difficulty levels to choose from, so the daredevil inside you is likely to be satisfied. One beautiful route for beginners is accessible by Calalzo train station (about 3 hours from Venice).
Get close to genius in Florence
Florence offers art lovers the chance to stand in the presence of greatness. Almost all of Italy’s world-famous art pieces are on display there. Visit Michelangelo’s David at the Galleria dell'Accademia di Bella Arti. Next, take in the Uffizi Gallery and especially The Birth of Venus, by Botticelli. When you’re done, enjoy the culinary delights of this world-famous city. Whether you’re an art lover, a history buff or just a curious adventurer, Florence offers a celebration for the eye, and for the palate.
Hike and climb in paradise
The Cinque Terre (five lands) includes the five picturesque fishing villages Riomaggiore, Manarola, Monterosso, Vernazza and Corniglia, all situated along the northwest coast of Italy. Nature lovers can hike along the cliff-side trails that connect the villages in a single day, but with the breathtaking scenery, you may want to stay longer.
Modern magical Milan
Milan is a bustling center of high finance and higher fashion. Skyscrapers blend with historical buildings, and give the city a modern flair combined with an old-world feel. Known for its fabulous nightlife and high-energy pace, Milan is a modern mecca for the young and the young-at-heart. Read about traveling around Italy by train.
Rome: a royal adventure
Rome, known as the eternal city, offers a feast for the eyes and a festival for the soul. Drop a coin into the famous Trevi fountain, and take in the historical architecture and the unique beauty of this vibrant, ancient metropolis.
Venice: sailing through the centuries
Venice can feel like the décor of your own fairy tale. Tour the breathtaking cathedrals and spectacular museums that make Venice a truly unique destination. Get lost in the winding streets that hide mystery behind every corner. Or discover Venice as it was meant to be seen – from a gondola. Either way, you’ll find mystery and passion wherever you look.
Events in Italy
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”.
Find more information here