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 in 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 Marseille to Milan service 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 is able to handle bookings for your journey to Italy, as well as providing tickets for train trips within Italy. Check out our excellent range of city guides with descriptions of key journeys to those cities.
Trains in Italy
- Day/Regional Train
- Night train
- High-speed train
- Scenic train
Italy fact file
- Currency: Euro
- Timezone: 1+ UTC
- Language: Italian; German in South Tyrol region; Valdôtain & French in the Aosta Valley region; numerous regional Romance languages such as Friulian, Ligurian, Piedmontese and Sicilian.
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