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Sunday, May 20, 2012

Train Tips for Your Italian Vacation

During your European vacation, there could be no other wiser choice than to visit Italy as it is among the most romantic and spectacular of all places on earth. You can do many amazing things here as this is a beautiful tourist center. Most artists and art lovers consider Italy as the most inspiring destination to experience the true taste of art. Italian churches with its magnificent sculptures, paintings and historic pillars, make it an amazingly beautiful place to visit.

There are lots of different ways to get around Italy when seeing the lovely countryside. Train travels cost you less in Italy and often times is less expensive than bus travel. And keep in mind that travel by train in Italy is comparatively more affordable than in many other nearby nations. However, like any other means of transport, major rail lines in Italy are crowded during rush hours and often times it is difficult to find a seat during peak season. During August and other holiday seasons, finding seats on popular routes may not be easy. There are usually more seats available in first class.

For traveling between important cities of Italy, book in advance for Eurostar which is a popular train. Running through Italy and pausing at important places, both Intercity and Intercity Plus are the faster trains. The first class seats are superior and less crowded as compared to the second class ones. Ticket prices for Intercity Plus trains include the advance seat reservation charges as well. The Interregionali is faster of the two trains while the Diretto and Interregionali operate locally.

In Italy, when you are inside the train station, check the time table shown in white, yellow or orange colors to know the station where you have to board . As the yellow or orange colored poster gives information on departing trains along with the indications on route, the times the train runs, major stops in between you should check this and also the notes column giving weekends and holidays schedule changes.

While buying a train ticket, in order to save time at an Italian train station you can either go to a window with the information of the time, destination, class of travel and the number of tickets needed or use the ticket machine installed at the station that is easy to use. That will help you avoid long queues. Of course, you can purchase a ticket beforehand from an authorized agent with an extra fee.

Buying a ticket in a train ensures transportation but does not necessarily ensure a seat. But traveling by train no doubt is the fastest way to get around in Italy As a suggestion, if you see that your train is crowded and you don't find a seat in the second class, you can ask the ticket conductor to upgrade it to first class.

Therefore, with just a little planning and knowledge, your Italian vacation can be very fulfilling, and you can see a lot more for less if you use the train system.

Larry Aiello loves to share his passion about Italy. His blog about Italian travel provides tourists tips such as what to expect on the train ride from Rome to Venice. You can find out more by visiting


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