Cinque Terre Express
One of Italy’s most beautiful railway routes is the coastal tracks along Liguria’s Cinque Terre. Called the Express, it’s more peaceful than his five UNESCO-listed seaside villages within this famous national park. Departing from La Spezia, the route ends in Levanto. Hop off and stroll along the labyrinthine alleys of colorful villages such as Riomaggiore, Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia and Manarola, and admire the coat-of-arms bays and coves of small villages on pristine Thumbnail Beach You can sit still and have a drink. .
The Cinque Terre Train Card gives you access to all hiking routes and unlimited train travel between villages. 1-3 day options from € 18.20 at cinqueterre.eu.com
If you don’t want to hike Sicily’s most famous volcano, Catania’s Mt. On this dramatic journey, you’ll rattle across lava beds, past prickly pear fields and small settlements, and soak up the views of the snow-capped foothills of Mount Etna. Built in 1898, it is 110 km long and takes about 3.5 hours to complete the entire route. Take a ride in a green or red vintage vehicle that looks like a tiny vintage school bus built by Fiat in the 1950s.
Tickets from €7.25 Circunet Nair.it
Train enthusiasts consider the legendary Bernina Express route from Tirano, Italy to St. Moritz, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as one of the most spectacular rail journeys in the world. It is the highest railway in Europe and has a spiral viaduct to climb the mountain. At times, the train clings to mountainsides thousands of feet – you can turn your head with views of the Burgio Viaduct, overlooking waterfalls, glaciers and even the deafening peaks of the Italian and Swiss Alps. In autumn, the leaves change color, autumn begins, and winter when the mountains are covered with snow is beautiful.
The Italian leg of the Bernina Express starts in Tirano, where it connects with trains from Milan. Prices for a 4-hour train journey start at £49. Panorama Carriage Seats must be booked in advance via rhb.ch.
Scilla from Reggio Calabria
It takes only 20 minutes, but if you have time before catching the ferry to Sicily, it’s fun to take the train from Reggio Calabria’s promenade Stazione Lido to the seaside town of Scilla. Leaving the rather ugly harbor area, one can catch glimpses of pretty coves and sandy beaches, small islets and fishing boats, and Mount Etna itself, the approach to the Strait of Messina. Upon arrival in Scilla, explore this charming fishing village perched on an ocher cliff. Highlights include sprawling clifftop castles, wide sandy beaches and excellent seafood restaurants.
Rail Europe one-way tickets from £2.10
Torenino Verde, Sardinia
Sardinia’s tiny Torenino Verde (little green train) runs along narrow gauge tracks that cross some of the island’s most beautiful areas, from the coast to the mountains.Don’t expect speed: These dedicated routes are designed by DH Lawrence sea and sardiniaBut who needs to hurry when they have the chance to discover the wild heart of this extraordinary island? from to Villagrande. Cross the Tortoli plains and climb into the mountainous Gennargentu National Park.
A full-day trip on the Torenino Verde Train with a guide. Multiple stops at interesting and delicious places Culinary tastings from €55 per person, sardegnatreninoverde.com
Little train in the Dolomites
The elegant vintage Lennon Narrow Gauge Mountain Railway is one of Europe’s oldest and steepest cable cars. Continue past rolling meadows and towering jagged mountains all the way to Collalbo. Join an escorted rail trip and get expert guidance on the mountain rail route. The trip includes his 700 line ride between Mezzo Lombardo and Caldes, offering spectacular views of the Dolomiti castles and a dramatic ride up the Mendola cable car, one of Europe’s steepest tracks. Climb to
Dolomites Tours’ 9-day Little Trains tours run in September and May from £1,499 and include B&B accommodation and excursions.
Rome to Syracuse
Traveling to Sicily by train doesn’t seem easy, but it’s one of the best direct long-distance trips in Italy. The train crosses the Strait of Messina by ferry and you can go up on deck to breathe in the sea air. Depart Rome in an air-conditioned carriage and travel to Taormina, Catania and Syracuse, enjoying his 11-hour scenic ride to Naples and Salerno. Once in Sicily, the coastal and mountainous landscape transforms into a seascape with glimpses of the snow-capped Mount Etna.
Pre-book super economy tickets from £66.70 one way, 2nd class on Rail Europe, links with Trenitalia
From Venice to Florence
Ditch the car and connect two of Italy’s must-see cities by train. It takes just over two hours to trade the canals of Venice for the winding Arno of Florence. Traveling by train guarantees a stress-free ride and some of the country’s most gorgeous snapshots along the way. Continue along the streets and hills of Tuscan vineyards. If you’re looking for the direct route, take the fast Frecciarossa. But a more leisurely journey certainly comes with change, allowing time to soak up the dreamy panoramas.
Tickets from £26.50 per ticket How to book in advance from Rail Europe
Venice to Rome train holiday
A small-group train trip is a great way to visit Venice, Florence, and Rome, stay in hotels along the way, and experience the local culture. Highlights include leisurely walks, visits to museums, and sipping Aperol Spritz at one of Venice’s quiet canalside cafes. Then a roundabout train trip to Pisa. In Bologna, the food market in the Quadrilatero district hosts his DOP’s meat, cheese, wine and tortellini-making tastings, while in Florence and Rome you’ll have plenty of time to explore both of these highlights. City.
A 7-day train tour from Venice to Rome starts at £1,498 per person, including return flights on responsibletravel.com.
Rimini to Lecce
A regional train ride along Italy’s sparkling Adriatic Sea offers dreamy seascapes and glimpses of historic towns and small fishing villages. The route from Rimini to Lecce is an absolute pleasure. It takes about 6 hours, but there are some unforgettable images. Rimini’s glittering beaches Swapping his club for Pesaro at work, Frecciabianca stops in Ancona, Pescara and Foggia in Puglia. Occasionally the track heads inland under the hills of Umbria and Tuscany, eventually reaching the stunning Baroque Lecce. Celebrate with local pasticciotto and spritz. It’s as much fun as the trip itself.
One-way tickets via Rail Europe or Trenitary from £55.70