I am planning a trip to Italy this June and my itinerary is as follows.

  1. 19 June Reaching Rome
  2. 21 June Leaving for Florence.
  3. 24 June Leaving for Venice.
  4. 26 June Leaving for Milan.

I want recommendation for traveling by train between these places, cost is my priority over time taken to travel between the places.

I have found Frecciarossa and Frecciabianca trains running in Italy, just wanted to know which one would be cheaper or is there any alternative beside these.

I'll really appreciate if some one provides link to official website for above, as while searching on Google many options pop up, which one is good is hard to judge.

From this post I found this link Trenitalia, is this the right one to book tickets?

Note: I am from India, can the tickets bought online or for foreigners it is necessary to reach Italy and then only buy tickets, just wondering if law of land prohibits?


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    Have you looked at seat61.com/Italy.htm ? While unofficial, and oriented to British tourists, Seat61 is very reliable for train advice, especially in Europe, and include links to official sources and recommended guides. – choster Feb 19 '13 at 17:39
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    possible duplicate of How difficult is train travel in Italy? – Karlson Feb 19 '13 at 17:40
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    @gbagga That's not what you're asking in your question. – Karlson Feb 19 '13 at 17:50
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    i live in italy, i agree : the right site is trenitalia.com – user4550 Feb 19 '13 at 18:25
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    @gbagga The point that Mark and I were trying to make is: the question you asked is too similar to the ones already asked on this site. You could have used this site to search for train travel multiple questions and answers have mentioned Seat61. If you have additional questions that haven't been answered and you wanted to ask then you should ask them instead. – Karlson Feb 19 '13 at 20:14

Trenitalia.com is indeed the right site to book the tickets for your trip. If you book online, you receive an electronic ticket. All you need is an e-mail address and a printer to print out your tickets.

The system will usually show you several prices: 1st class, 2nd class, flexible, restrictive, special deals, ... Note that all else being equal, the cheaper tickets tend to be more restrictive. Check the conditions before booking.

The Italy page at seat61.com is highly recommended.

  • Once again thanks Marcel for the answer, seat61 page is really helpful – baba.kabira Feb 19 '13 at 18:27
  • You're welcome. My personal favorite among these cities is Florence ;-) – Maître Peseur Feb 19 '13 at 19:24

There are usually trains leaving every couple of hours for your train service.

While booking in advance is nice, this is one of the few times I usually just pick up my ticket when I'm at the station. Trenitalia is the national rail service, and runs an express and a local. It sucks if you buy your ticket and miss your train, as it's a pain to change tickets, but if you buy when you're there, you can always just get on the one that's leaving next.

Enjoy Italy!

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