Italy Trains Travel Survival Guide

Italy trains travel is actually the best way to see Italy on your romantic vacation.

It's really not too expensive, and you won't have to worry about renting a car and finding your own way around the areas you want to visit.

Trains in Italy are not quite as punctual like the ones in Japan - especially regarding arrival times - but departure times are usually right on schedule.

The Italian rail system, Ferrovie Italiane, is actually a cheap and easy alternative to car transportation in a country where gas can cost more than $6.00 a gallon.

While Trenitalia is a national train company (Ferrovie dello stato), North Italy trains are controlled and managed by Ferrovie Nord (FNM) and operate primarily in the northern regions of Lombardy and >Piedmont.

You can buy tickets for trains in Italy and find Italy train schedules online.

If you are using the Trenitalia website you can buy tickets up to 2 months in advance by selecting "ticketless" travel.

Once you have paid for your ticket, you print it out. Be sure to keep it in a safe place.

To make an online ticket purchase, you need to register on their website. Once registered, you'll get a user name and password by email.

Then you can log on and purchase your tickets.
Italy trains blue train ticket machine

Keep in mind that you have to use this service at least 4 hours before (it's better to get your tickets the day before) you plan to board the train in order to avoid inaccuracies associated with Trenitalia ticket windows.

Which class should you chose?

Considering that 1st class is only 15-20% more expensive than a second class ticket, our advice is to buy first class.

There are more advantages to riding in first class:

  • Seats in first class are 3 inches (7.62 centimeters) wider.
  • There's more space between seats (6 inches = 15.24 centimeters), meaning extra leg room.
  • It’s less crowded than second class.
  • First class is cleaner than second.

First class is a lifesaver for the weary traveler.

If you smoke, be aware that smoking is not allowed on trains anymore.

Traveling by train together on your romantic vacation is a great way to relax with each other and enjoy the sights along the way.

It's a fun and unique way to get around Italy without worrying about traffic or getting lost.

Have fun on your Italian romantic getaway.

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