Throughout Italy, P and I travelled via train, across from Rome to Venice, on to Verona, Florence, Pompeii, Sorrento, Cinque Terre, Naples, Pisa…The question is after all this travel: train travel through Italy, yay or nay?
- No turning up at an airport (largely out of town and at least an hour from the city) hours early, wasting travel days. We even pushed it so far as to turn up 5 minutes before a train was due to depart, and still made it through a quick security process in no time
- Stations are usually right in the middle of everything a tourist could possibly want to see – Rome, Venice, Sorrento..the station is right there!
- I’ll probably put this in both pros and cons, but intercity trains in Italy are extremely reliable and on-time – buuuuut that doesn’t give you the leeway you might need if you’re new to the city and need to find the station etc.
- Heaps of space for luggage, usually either near the doors of the train or else
- Comfy seats! Usually a plug socket and a table, too, to spread out your travel snacks (we all know you’ve got some lollies and chocolates stashed in your bag!!!)
- Quick! And easy! Our trips lasted no longer than 3 hours at a time, and you literally have Italy right at your fingertips
- Seats are generally allocated (except on smaller journeys such as from Florence to Cinque Terre, that’s a free-for-all!)
- You get the most wonderful views of Italy as your travel! Don’t ever draw your eye away from the window as you’re entering Venice….
- Trains are generally cheaper than flights across Italy!
- Trains are extremely reliable and on-time…you can’t risk just running to the shop for that last-minute magnet in Italy because, you guessed it, you’ll miss the bloody train!
- Speaking of missing trains, Italian train masters have no sympathy for your excuses, so just buy another ticket and get on with it (read about our experience here)
- If you have a lot of luggage, heaving it up and into trains may be a bit of a struggle…though I’m sure there are plenty of willing helpers aboard. Just remember, trains always depart on time so get ready before your stop, because on a train from Rome to Venice, the stops are few and far between
Well, there you have it! By the lengths of these lists, I think it’s pretty clear that I am defs pro-train when it comes to travelling around Italy. But what do you think?? Has anyone flown or driven through Italy instead? xx