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Monday, October 20, 2014

I Love Touring Italy - Naples


By []Levi Reiss

If you are looking for a European tourist destination, consider the city of Naples in the Campania region of southwestern Italy on the Tyrrhenian Sea. In 1995 UNESCO declared the Historic Center of Naples a World Heritage Site. We certainly can't say that Naples is undiscovered. But it is definitely less tourist infested than many, many other Italian cites. You really should consider visiting Naples, as you should consider visiting other parts of Campania, described in companion articles in this series.

My generation remembers Dean Martin singing That's Amore (Napoli) in his perhaps less memorable 1953 movie, The Caddy: "When the stars make you drool just like pasta fazool; That's amore (that's amore); When you dance down the street with a cloud at your feet, you're in love; When you walk in a dream but you know you're not dreaming, signore; 'scusa me, but you see, back in old Napoli, that's amore." My parents' generation remembers the phrase See Naples and Die. Some say that the famous German author Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe (who wrote Faust, a charming story about a guy who made a pact with the devil) coined this phrase on his extended visit to Italy in 1786-1788.

Friday, October 17, 2014

10 Must See Attractions in Rome, Italy


By []Dean Wickham

Rome, the Eternal City, a place full of history and culture. Everywhere you step you are walking through some point in the timeline of the last 2500 years. It is a city to be lived and loved by everyone through it's beautiful architecture, food, art and romance. Every world traveler has Rome on their list of must see destinations, and most start their tour of Italy here.

1. Capotoline Hill

This is one of the "Seven Hills of Rome" and is considered to have been the most sacred, as it originally was the site of the Temple to Jupiter and the Capitoline Triad, and also the city archives. It was also the site of several important events in Roman History. Very little of the original Roman ruins remain, as the current buildings were constructed there during the Renaissance. Designed by Michaelangelo, these buildings combine as the Capitoline Museum and contain a lot of great pieces.

2. Vittorio Emanuele II Monument

At Piazza Venezia is the magnificent Vittorio Emanuele II Monument. Though not very well liked by Romans, and not seeming to have any real purpose, I found the grand architecture of the monument to be an amazing site. Climb up the stairs and walk to the top of the monument to get great views of Rome.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Holidays In Italy - Recommended Route


By []Dani Alonso

Winter approaches but Italy has always had a summer atmosphere, something similar to Greece and Spain. That's what the cultures in the Mediterranean area offer, defined basically in two words: sun & beach. On the other hand, as you might agree with me, possibly this is not the best season to think about sun and beach in Europe. In this case, I highly recommend Italy between their Mediterranean competitors, as I think its offer of culture with its ever-lasting cities is almost impossible to beat.

To begin with, an advice: Italians were never told how to drive. Somebody gave them a car as a birthday present and they have fun driving it. I hope daddy pays the repair shop fees. Seriously, if your plan is to take a ride on a rental car in the proximity of any big city, I would strongly discourage you from going ahead, unless you want to make use of your car insurance payment.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Visiting Rome - La Dolce Vita With Kids in Tow


By []Dominique Coleman

American author Erica Jong once asked "What is the fatal charm of Italy? What do we find there that can be found nowhere else?" She then concluded that Italy gives visitors "...a certain permission to be human, which other places, other countries, lost long ago."

I wholeheartedly agree with Miss Jong. It is only when I am visiting my folks back in my home country that I truly feel alive. Italy delights the eyes and heightens the senses. Whether it is the aroma of a freshly poured espresso, the taste of exquisite porcini mushrooms or the sound of distant church bells, you notice every one of life's details when in Italy.

ROME AND CHILDREN

Italians have always adored children and now that the country is suffering from rapidly declining birth rates, they do so even more. Wherever you go in Italy, your children will receive a lot of attention and special courtesy; an extra cherry on their ice cream here, a friendly 'Ciao!' there and many genuine, warm smiles.

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Holidays In Italy - Recommended Route


By []Dani Alonso

Winter approaches but Italy has always had a summer atmosphere, something similar to Greece and Spain. That's what the cultures in the Mediterranean area offer, defined basically in two words: sun & beach. On the other hand, as you might agree with me, possibly this is not the best season to think about sun and beach in Europe. In this case, I highly recommend Italy between their Mediterranean competitors, as I think its offer of culture with its ever-lasting cities is almost impossible to beat.

To begin with, an advice: Italians were never told how to drive. Somebody gave them a car as a birthday present and they have fun driving it. I hope daddy pays the repair shop fees. Seriously, if your plan is to take a ride on a rental car in the proximity of any big city, I would strongly discourage you from going ahead, unless you want to make use of your car insurance payment.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

Southern, Central and Northern Italian Cuisine


By []Mario Trinakria

Southern Italy

Lazio, Abruzzo, Molise, Campania, Puglia, Basilicata, Calabria, Sicily and Sardinia make up Italy's South, home to robust cucina povera (peasant cooking) and a wonderful cuisine created from whatever was available in the regions such as sun-ripened vegetable and fruit, wheat for dried pasta and local cheeses.

Surrounding Rome, Lazio is influenced by the unique food of its capital. Roman cuisine is not considered as a delicate cuisine and makes use mostly of pasta, beans, artichokes, meat and its spaghetti al carbonara (ham, bacon, cheese and eggs) and bucatini all'amatriciana (pancetta, tomatoes, and parmigian cheese) both include the local guanciale (cured peg's cheek). In rural Lazio, lamb is used often in dishes like abbacchio (milk fed baby lamb).

Abruzzo and Molise are mountainous areas with strong rural cooking traditions. Molise produces fine lentils, pasta and olive oils, while saffron is grown in Abruzzi, along with the divolilli (tiny red chillies) that go into so many dishes.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Italy For Seniors Travel

Spagna, Spanish Steps, Spanische Treppe in Rom
Spagna, Spanish Steps, Spanische Treppe in Rom (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The Pantheon in Rome, Italy
English: The Pantheon in Rome, Italy (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Castel Sant' Angelo, Roma.
Castel Sant' Angelo, Roma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By []Bronwyn White

It's no surprise that Italy is one of the world's top tourist destinations, with amazing sights like ancient cities, classic works of art, charming villages, majestic natural scenery and much more spread all over the country. It's also a great place for seniors travel in particular, with a large range of great historical tours, wine tastings, education and language packages and cruises tailored to overseas visitors on offer.

Senior citizens enjoy a respected status in Italy. Culturally, they are considered not old, but wise and experienced having contributed long and well to society. This great respect for seniors translates to all sorts of benefits like discounts at restaurants and all sorts of local places, so be sure to ask wherever you are. However, in terms of overall discounts to well known attractions, we have heard in some instances that seniors travel discounts do not get offered to non-EU citizens, but be sure to ask.

Thursday, July 31, 2014

4 Days in Rome - Tips for Trip

Augustus of Prima Porta, statue of the emperor...
Augustus of Prima Porta, statue of the emperor Augustus in Museo Chiaramonti, Vatican, Rome. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Rome
Rome (Photo credit: Moyan_Brenn)
English: A 4x4 segment panorama of the Coliseu...
English: A 4x4 segment panorama of the Coliseum at dusk. Taken by myself with a Canon 5D and 50mm f/1.8 lens at f/5.6 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Trevi fountain.
Trevi fountain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
By []Alessandro Indelli

How many days do you need to visit Rome? Maybe a whole month! Mmm too much for our savings! Maybe some writer in the nineteenth century could afford it (remember the travels of Lord Byron or Goethe?), maybe some noble during the Dolce Vita could live in a hotel in Via Veneto. Mmmm, no! We have to go back home in a few days (and Via Veneto is very expensive!!!!). In this article, I will try to suggest you a "4 days in Rome" itinerary. Yes, you're right, you can't visit everything in 4 days, but you will have to be content with "the best of Rome". OK Let's Go.

Day 0 - if you arrive in the morning, spend the afternoon in the main town: you can enjoy the magical atmosphere of Rome near Pantheon

Day 1 - Ancient Rome

Rome is known around the world for its history, for the Empire, Julius Caesar and Colosseum. If you travel to Rome from overseas you have to start with the imperial monuments. I do not accept objections! Take the subway and get off at Colosseo, Colosseum is your first "Best in Rome" step. Oh, I forgot, take a picture with the Centurions, but watch your wallet, the area is a bit dangerous for bag snatching. Visit the Colosseum, admire the Arch of Constantine and start your walk through the Roman Forum, it will be an amazing experience! At the end of the Roman Forum, have a fast lunch and visit the Capitoline Hill (it is the seat of the municipality of Rome), the equestrian monument to Marcaurelio and the Capitoline Museum. Mmmm, the visit to the museum takes several hours... What time is it? Maybe it's time to visit the Bocca della Verit�. Sorry you have to choose!

Monday, July 7, 2014

The Delights of Italy

Italiano: Collage di varie foto di Firenze
Italiano: Collage di varie foto di Firenze (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: The Rialto Bridge over Venice's Grand...
English: The Rialto Bridge over Venice's Grand Canal. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
A view at Galleria degli Uffizi from the front...
A view at Galleria degli Uffizi from the front balcony of Palazzo Vecchio. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
English: A vertical panorama of a copy of the ...
English: A vertical panorama of a copy of the statue of David by Michelangelo on the Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italy. Nederlands: Een verticaal panorama van het standbeeld van David door Michelangelo op het Piazza della Signoria in Florence, Italië. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By []Karen Cooke

Italy's development and history is as colourful and varied as its cuisine. Over time, Italy has made significant contributions to the cultural and social development of the entire Mediterranean area.

Italy is located in southern Europe and comprises the long, boot-shaped Italian Peninsula, the land between the peninsula and the Alps, and a number of islands including Sicily and Sardinia.

Florence, a Renaissance city in the heart of Tuscany, is home to some of the country's best museums, cathedrals and churches, and therefore perfect for a luxury holiday.

Top of the to-do list is the Piazza della Signoria and Palazzo Vecchio. The Piazza della Signoria is Florence's most famous square, having served as the city's political and cultural centre since the Middle Ages. It also houses a free open-air sculpture exhibit.

Tuesday, June 17, 2014

How to Do Rome in 48hrs

Italiano: Collage di vari immagini di Roma.
Italiano: Collage di vari immagini di Roma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

By []Katy Hyslop

You've just arrived in Rome with a couple of days to kill. How is it possible to see all there is to see in such a short time? This is the guide to get the most out of Rome in the shortest amount of time.

19:00

Roman Forum Near the Colosseum is the Arch of ...
Roman Forum Near the Colosseum is the Arch of Constantine. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Hopefully check in at the hotel has been fairly straightforward so now it is to venture out in search of a good meal. A meal in the old Trastevere part of the city has several benefits. Firstly there is a multitude of touristy type sidewalk restaurants and pizzerias to choose from and secondly they are within gentle strolling distance of several significant landmarks, including the well preserved Pantheon.

Rome is just as appealing by night as by day, with the heat of a Roman summer, night time walks may just save a few hours of excessive sweating during the day. Any of the little back streets between the Pantheon and the Spanish steps are perfectly placed to allow a generous meal of pasta and a good carafe of wine to be walked off quite easily.

21:00

Make your way to the Spanish steps to sit and hang out with the locals, while the view from the top of the steps in front of the church Trinita dei Monti offers a great view out over the city. Wander through to the Trevi Fountain and buy dessert in the form of a gelato and try your luck with the change. Throw one coin over your shoulder to come back, two coins to come back and get kissed or three coins to come back and be married.

Friday, June 13, 2014

My Favorite Sicilian Restaurants

English: A plate filled with blood oranges
English: A plate filled with blood oranges (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Spaghetti all' arrabbiata
Spaghetti all' arrabbiata (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Pasta alla Norma
Pasta alla Norma (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Sicilian buffet
Sicilian buffet (Photo credit: stijn)

By []James Iozia

Sicilian restaurants offer up some of the best cuisine in the world. Italy has always been known for its great food, and Sicilian food is no exception to this. And it isn't only the food that makes eating in a Sicilian restaurant a memorable experience, the leisurely way it is presented has made it into a high art. The approach to Sicilian eating is the grandest of the meeting of the ways between the best folk traditions and the best aristocratic ones. Sicilian cuisine reflects the unique and diverse cultural heritage taken from its history. Sicilian dining is an experience surely to be enjoyed.

Many restaurants in Palermo and other coastal towns focus on the seafood dishes. Although there are cheaper places to be found in the city, Palermo also offers some of the best Sicilian restaurants in the area. In Palermo, notable ones for the tourist to try are:

Il Ristorantino - hailed by Italian critics for its classic and authentic Sicilian and Mediterranean cuisine

La Scuderia - (located about 3 miles north of the city at the foot of Monte Pellegrino) this is dubbed as being Palermo's grandest restaurant with outstanding international and Italian cuisine

Il Mulinazzo - a highly acclaimed Sicilian restaurant offering an exquisite dining experience

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Gelato - Try Something New and Get Hooked
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Anders_Abadie]Anders Abadie

The funny thing about eating sweets and frozen treats is once you try them you may have a hard time giving them up. No matter how good they may taste, it is important for you to realize that all things that taste good are not necessarily healthy for your body. If you want to be able to enjoy a healthy lifestyle and maintain a great figure, you should consider making some substitutions to some of you favorite foods. Gelato is a great alternative to ice cream and other frozen desserts.

This treat is also known as Italian style ice cream. This treat is very similar to ice cream but it does have several distinct things that set it drastically apart. First, the texture and consistency of gelato is smoother and creamier. This is a direct result of it having a higher percentage of whole milk in it. It is made in a slightly different process than traditional frozen desserts. It is churned at a much slower rate to reduce the amount of air in it. It is denser than many of the frozen desserts that are available on the market today. Even though it is stored in a freezer, you can actually taste more flavor when it is not completely frozen.

Gelato has an impressive history. Even though it is known as an Italian style dessert, it actually has origins in ancient Rome and Egypt. For years, people have enjoyed this treat at their leisure. There are tons of flavors for you to choose from and thousands of places all over the world that sell this specialty. It doesn't matter where you live, it is possible for you to find an ice cream parlor that has an impressive roster of flavors for you to try.

If you want to try your hand at making your own cool dessert, you need to be aware that it takes a little time to ensure that you get the right texture and consistency. Remember, gelato needs to be churned at a lower rate, so you may want to consider using an ice cream maker that allows you to adjust the mixing speeds. You may need to experiment a bit until you find a flavor you like the best.

Just because you choose to eat a little differently, doesn't mean that you have to give up all of your frozen treats. If you plan your meals so that they are more balanced and have more nutritional value, there is no reason why you can't add in a serving or two of gelato whenever you have the craving. Before you rush out to stock up on it, make sure you read the nutritional labels first. Try to go for the flavors and brands that don't have high sugar and fat contents. Remember, all brands are not created equal. You may need to try a few different brands before you find the one you prefer.

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Florence And The Birth Of The Modern Gelato
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Stefano_Becheroni]Stefano Becheroni

The good season is getting closer. Time for sun, cold drinks, light clothes and, of course, gelati! Any tourist wondering through the Florentine beauties will soon discover that the Tuscan summer can be hot, really hot. This is how he will probably start looking -pretty desperately- for something refreshing, and this is how he'll reach the closest gelateria. If he is staying in an apartment, he will buy the biggest gelato cup available and will run to chuck it straight into the freezer. You wouldn't want to run out of gelato on a hot, Florentine summer night, would you?

Whatever his tastes, any tourist who is really interested in discovering the real Florentine traditions will choose the famous 'buontalenti'. This way, he will not only be refreshed, but he will also enjoy one of the tastiest inventions of the Florentine renaissance. As surprising as this may sound, the history of Florence and of gelato are strictly connected to one another. We are not so patriotic to say that gelato is entirely a Florentine invention. We are well aware that the Chinese, centuries before us, had already discovered how to keep and make ice, and that even more ancient populations, such as the Romans and the Greeks, used ice and snow to make fresh fruit squeez. These recipes became more complex over the centuries. The Greeks and the Persians used to make refreshing drinks based on honey, fruit and lemon. These recipes disappeared after the fall of the Roman Empire and appeared again in Europe thanks to the Arabs who had preserved them. This is how gelato (or better sorbetto, from the Arabic word sherbet, meaning sweet snow) arrived in Sicily and spread across Europe.

This is where the Florentines come into play. Thanks to their contribution, gelato reached its largest diffusion in the XVI century. A Florentine named Ruggeri was probably the first Italian gelataio to become an international star. This is how the story went. The Medici, the lords of Florence, decided to organise a competition amongst the Tuscan cooks to award the most talented one. They would award the cook who would create the most original dish. Ruggeri, a poultry merchant whose 'hobby' was cooking, won the competition with an ice cream-based dessert that drove the Florentine court literally crazy. The poultry merchant became so popular that Caterina de' Medici, who was about to get married, wanted him at her wedding banquet.

This is also how the recipe invented by Ruggeri, simply called 'sugar-flavoured and scented water', conquered the French. After a few years of glory and gelato in all flavours, Ruggeri decided that he had had enough. The Parisian cooks were jealous and he missed his previous, simple life. So he revealed his very secret recipe to Queen Caterina and went back to his poultry. There is no need to say that, thanks to Ruggeri's recipe, the gelato fashion spread all across Europe.

Florence had just begun producing its very famous gelatai. The most popular one, which is also known for other duties, was certainly Bernardo Buontalenti. Buontalenti lived between 1536 and 1608 and was a painter and a court architect who, amongst others works, completed Palazzo Pitti, the Uffizi gallery and the Boboli gardens, were he built the 'Grotta Grande', a masterpiece of painting, sculpture and architecture of the 'manieristic' period. Buontalenti, in perfect accordance with his surname (whose translation in English could be something like 'greatly talented' ) was so multiple-skilled that he was successful in many different disciplines. He was a urbanist as well as a court event manager, a plumber, a goldsmith, a ceramist, a scenographer, and theatre dresser. Amongst his many works, the Grotta grande is certainly one of the most famous.

Bernardo was a really great personality in the Florentine court life of that period and, amongst his many jobs, he was also a popular court banquet organizer-and we are talking about banquets attended by the most important people of that time. On one of these occasions he created something very special: a cream made of egg white, honey, milk, lemon and a drop of wine. The invention of this Florentine cr�me represented the birth of the modern gelato and distinguished it from the less tasty 'sorbet' or icicle.

Once in heaven, the eclectic Florentine artist must have smiled when, in 1979, the gelateria Badiani invented a new, tasty gelato flavour called... Buontalenti! The sweet memory of Bernardo's invention, preserved for over four centuries and until our days, still reminds us today of one of the most important talents and discoveries of the Florentine Renaissance.

We rent two apartments in the very center of Florence, (by two-minutes walk you are in the Duomo square) equipped with all the comforts: air conditioning, TV-sat and everything you need to cook your own meals. A nice cheap way to visit Florence!

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When in Rome, Eat As The Romans Do!
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Adam_Singleton]Adam Singleton

For generations, Italian food has captured the hearts of people around the world, providing a delectable gateway to the passion and romance inherent in Italy's history and literature. From the height of the Roman Empire to modern-day Italy, food has played a crucial part in cultural traditions and is a part of the Italian experience that many travellers to the country relish above all else! And where better to experience the beauty and delights of Italian cookery than in the country's vibrant and imposing capital - Rome.



During the heady days of the Roman Empire, Roman cuisine was dominated by a diversity of meats, although vegetables were still incorporated into lighter dishes. Today, however, the food you'll find in Rome is much more varied, with vegetarians and vegans being quite naturally catered for. Typical food native to Rome includes puntarelle (chicory salad), carciofi alla romana (artichokes Roman style), abbacchio alla scottadito (lamb chops) and coda alla vaccinara (beef stew). However, as well as these local treats, anyone planning a holiday to Rome will quite naturally be anticipating an authentic taste of one of Italy's greatest exports - pizza!



In Rome, the best pizza places will only open at night, as it will take the better part of the day to warm up the traditional wood ovens in which they're cooked to the right temperature - so make sure you don't get fooled by a tourist trap serving warmed up frozen pizza during the day. If you want to enjoy a traditionally Roman dish, order baccala (battered salt cod) as a starter before your pizza arrives.



Roman ice-cream is also well-known for its high taste factor and creamy texture. If you're wandering the streets of Rome looking for a 'gelateria' (ice cream parlour), make sure you find one with a large 'G' symbol on the outside - this signifies guild association, so the ice cream is guaranteed to be good quality. And don't miss out on affogato, an Italian speciality that involves drowning a scoop of ice cream in a shot of espresso. Many gelaterias charge you extra if you eat indoors - so eat your ice cream scoop by the Trevi Fountain or another of Rome's iconic monuments, and you'll be saving money while absorbing some prime historical locations!



Whatever choice of food you have your heart set on in Rome, you'll be able to find it in a variety of charming neighbourhoods, including Trastevere - one of Rome's heartlands for bars and restaurants - and the old Jewish Quarter, which traces its origins back to 1555 when Pope Paul IV restricted all Jews to a small area of Rome. But there are other ways to enjoy and experiment with Roman cuisine: for instance, rent an   rel=nofollow [http://www.rome-tourism.com/]apartment in Rome and you'll be able to buy local produce from street stalls and markets, and enjoy it in the comfort of your own flat. Moreover, renting a flat in Rome means that you'll be able to indulge in Rome's abundance of high quality - yet inexpensive - range of Italian wines, without having to worry about making your way back to your hotel in one piece!

Adam Singleton is an online, freelance journalist and keen amateur photographer.  His portfolio, called [http://www.flickr.com/people/capquest_photography/]Capquest Photography is available to view online.

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Train Travel Italy - A Great Way to Get Around
By [http://ezinearticles.com/?expert=Bill_Littler]Bill Littler

If you are planning a trip to Italy, or anywhere in Europe for that matter, you should consider taking a train. Train in travel Italy is fast, economical, clean, and efficient, allowing you to see the countryside while getting from one location to another. Most Trains take you directly from city center to city center delivering you close to the sites as well as lodging and dining spots. You won't need to fight local traffic (a really horrible experience for most) or waist time at airports.

A great side benefit is meeting the locals. Italians are a warm, expressive people and they love to their towns, regions, and country very much. You will get great tips on places to eat and sites to see on your trip. You can even practice up on your Italian. If you would rather, just sit back and enjoy the Italian countryside while you travel between your vacation sites.

Train travel is very easy if you know just a few important things:

 �    Plan your vacation and determine whether you need individual tickets or one of the various flex-passes available for Italy train travel. Once you know what your best value is you can purchase your tickets from the ticket window, the ticket kiosk, online at Trenitalia, or through your travel agent (where there will be a handling charge)
 �    Before you board your train, validate your ticket. Un-validated tickets can lead to stiff penalties. Validation is fast and easy. Look for the yellow box at the track and place the end of your ticket into the slot provided. Your ticket will be stamped with the time and date, presto, your ticket is validated, board your train and relax
 �    Trains are widely used in Italy and can get crowded during commute time. Travel off peak where possible and when possible reserve your seat
 �    As with anywhere in the world, watch your wallet and baggage. There is no need to be paranoid, just be conscious of your surroundings. We use money belts for our passports, credit cards, and cash reserves. To make travel easier we all travel with one bag and a carry on

Most stations are located in the center of town with lodgings close by. There are also baggage lockers in larger stations and baggage checks in all to make day tripping or finding a hotel easier. You can safely leave your bag at the station and wander until you are ready to go to your hotel.

When planning whether to use the train or a rental (or leased) car decide what your travel goals are. Trains are great for hitting towns but will force you to take tours to reach the events in the smaller communities and countryside. On the train you will not worry about parking costs or fighting traffic, but you will be on someone else's schedule and routes. A train will cost more for families (each having to buy a ticket versus all sharing in the cost of the car). You really need to match your travel needs with the style of travel you prefer.

So whether you are a seasoned traveler, or on your first adventure to Italy, trains are a great way to get around. As stated above, trains are economical (about $55 from Rome to Venice), fast (4h30m to travel the 330 miles), relaxing and fun.

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