Italy has an extensive rail network including high-speed Frecciarossa, Ferrari red Italo trains and numerous international services. Loco2 is directly connected to Italy's national rail operator, Trenitalia, as well as the private high-speed operator, NTV Italo. This means that it's possible to mix-and-match tickets and get the best deals when booking Italian trains tickets on Loco2.
Rail travel in Italy has been transformed over the last 20 years by the opening of new high-speed routes. The fastest trains dash from Milan to Rome (570 km) in less than three hours. But speed is not compulsory: there is a good network of slower lines extending to every corner of the country. First-time visitors to Italy often focus on the legendary trinity of ‘must-see’ cities: Venice, Florence and Rome – with Verona and Milan both rightly claiming that they should not play second fiddle to that star trio. All five deserve a visit, but remember there is much more to Italy than just big cities.
The principal national rail operator in Italy is Trenitalia, which faces competition from NTV Italo on the high-speed routes from Turin, Milan and Venice to Rome and Naples. Rail travel in Italy is generally extremely good value.
Italy enjoys an excellent range of international rail connections. There are fast TGV services from Paris to Turin and Milan. There are direct daytime EuroCity services from Geneva, Basel, Zurich, Munich and Vienna to cities in northern Italy. A new Thello Eurocity service from Marseille to Milan launched in December 2014. About two dozen cities in Italy have year-round direct overnight trains (not necessarily every night) to destinations beyond Italy's borders. There are daily sleeper services to Paris, Munich and Vienna. There are also plenty of overnight trains serving domestic routes within Italy.
Loco2 offers the full range of train tickets for journeys to Italy, as well as providing tickets for trips within Italy. It's possible to mix-and-match tickets from Trenitalia and Italo, and get the best deals and cheap fares from both rail operators. Check out our excellent range of city guides with descriptions of key journeys to those cities.