I'm going to be traveling to Italy in a month or two and was wondering if you could give me some advice on getting around. I want to see...well, everything...and thought that a train pass would be easiest. The only one I've seen offers just three days within two months - I'll be in Italy for a week and want to travel more than that! I'm also a student.
Any advice? Email: firstname.lastname@example.org - I may not be back on this forum for awhile.
You don't need to buy passes when travelling by train in Italy. Regular fares are quite cheap, especially if you catch trains like "regionale" and "interregionale". Have a look to the railways website www.trenitalia.it, for most of the national journeys you can see the fares too.
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I agree with Francesca - trains are very cheap and easy to buy tickets on the day. No reason to get a pass.
My advice for a week in italy is: chose few places and visit them well. If you go around too much you'll miss the essence of a strange country and you'll never get out of the tourist traps. Which are many. True enough, Venice, Rome and Florence are beautiful but you might hate italians after that tour. Depending on where you come in from, chose 1 or 2 close regions. Once there go around with local ransport or even hitch hiking. If you come in spring, for great rewards and lower costs, I would follow a string of lesser cities and some of the alps and the lakes. If you come from the north, Como and its lake, rapidly though Milan, Parma, Mantova, Bologna, Verona, Lake of Garda and out from the german region (Bozen) to Austria. For a trip like this you won't spend more than 100 euros in rain tickets, enjoy superb scenery and the great cuisine of Bologna and Parma.You'll never regret this itinerary.