Trains Across Italy – Trenitalia
Trains, I love trains. They fascinate me and stimulate my imagination of trips to far away places. Italy is a train lover’s delight. There are all kinds of trains, fast trains, slow trains, trains that stop in every little town and trains that connect just the major cities. There a commuter trains with little frills and the Eurostar trains with all the comforts of first class travel and there are sleeper trains.
When I first arrived in Italy I would go to Stazione Centrale in Milan and watch the trains come and go. I was always content to transfer from one area to another because I could ride the train. Italian trains cover most areas, have a fairly good on-time record, are cheaper than any other form of travel and if scheduled properly can be the perfect solution for travel in most of Europe. An example of scheduling is the trip between Rome and Milan. There is the Eurostar that makes the trip in about 4 hours. You can arrive in the center of Rome by 10:00 from Milan. If you catch the sleeper train that leaves from Milan at 11:00 pm you arrive in the center of Rome at 6:30 in the morning. Ready for a full day’s work and a return trip that night on the 11:00 sleeper to Milan.
Trains run on a regular schedule covering most hours of the day however there are different types of trains. It is possible to take a later train and arrive at your destination several hours before another train that left before your train. All in all, trains are the best way to travel inside of Italy and for the most part throughout Europe. No airport hassles, if you miss one train within an hour there is another going to the same place, you travel in comfort and no one tells to “stay seated and put away your computers or cell phone.” Should some unruly kid be creating problems the solution is to simply move to another seat or even another car. There are no tolls, no long lines, and no traffic jams. Best of all the trains leave and arrive in the city center, saving time, money and hassles when moving to the hotel or meeting place.
Trenitalia provides complete information about the types of trains, their schedules and pricing information online. So sit back with your Prosecco or Tocai in hand and enjoy the scenery.
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