Between the rolling hills of Tuscany, the architectural wonders of Rome, and the sun-soaked beaches of Sicily; Italy remains a favourite destination for tourists, history buffs and fashionistas alike.
And now Italophiles the world over can experience more of Italy’s picturesque landscape and buzzing cities for less.
Rail Europe customers will now have access to the complete range of fares across Trenitalia’s lines, including discounts offered through the Italian train operator.
More than 180 trains link Italy’s cities every day. While the Frecciabianca runs the classic routes, the state of the art Frecciarossa and Frecciargento connect passengers between Milan and Salerno, and between Rome, the North East and South of Italy.
For those who like to travel in luxury, Trenitalia’s Executive Class features an open bar, meal services, a meeting room and a club lounge. All carriages provide wifi for one cent.
Rail Europe’s Australasia Manager, Richard Leonard, says this is an important and long-awaited move, especially for the Australian market.
“It’s no secret that Aussies love visiting and revisiting Italy each year,” says Leonard. “In 2012, more than 45,000 Australians travelled around Italy by train, a 12 per cent increase from 2010, making it the third most popular European country for Aussie rail travellers.
“On average, Italian rail ticket sales in Australia increase by about 10 per cent each year and with increased air capacity to Europe this year, we are confident sales will only strengthen.”
Bookings for Trenitalia services can be made up to three months in advance and seat reservations are required before departure.
The Italian Rail Pass starts at $200 per person.