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    Deborah Etim

    When arranging a trip to Italy, one of the most significant considerations is how you will move around. In Italy, there are a variety of transportation alternatives, from high-speed trains to ferries and I’ll explain when to use each one based on your location and Destination.

    Train: In Italy, train travel is quick, efficient, comfortable, and convenient. Trains can reach speeds of up to 300 km/h / 185 mph, which no car can surpass! With electricity and WiFi connectivity, you can unwind in your seat. Usually, there is a snack bar. There’s also space for your stuff in the overhead racks or bins at each carriage’s end. You can travel a high-speed train between the larger cities in Italy, such as Rome, Milan, Venice, Naples, and Turin. Freccia trains run by Trenitalia (Italy’s national train system) and Italo Treno (a high-speed exclusively private competitor) travel between the major cities on a daily basis.

    Travel times by high-speed train:

    3–3.5 hours from Rome to Milan

    1–1.5 hours from Rome to Naples

    1.5 hours from Rome to Florence

    3–3.5 hours from Rome to Venice

    3–3.5 hours from Rome to Turin

    On their trip between Rome and Milan, Rome and Venice, and Rome and Turin, high-speed trains usually stop in Florence and/or Bologna.

    Buses: If you’re looking for a cheaper alternative to trains, buses are available in Italy. There is no government official bus service, so you’ll have to do some research to find the best routes and pricing.
    Flixbus operates a vast network of bus lines in Italy, connecting both major cities and smaller towns. If you are not on a tight deadline and want to save money, the bus is an excellent option. It has comfy seats, power, and WiFi onboard. Trains do not serve some cities in the south of Italy, particularly in Puglia. Flixbus can be quite handy and a wonderful alternative to driving large distances in this situation.

    Plane: Traveling within Italy by plane is always a possibility, although more expensive. It isn’t necessarily faster, too, because you’ll need to arrange transportation to and from the airport and trains are quite fast and readily available. Plane travel, on the other hand, is something you might want to consider.

    Ferries: Between the mainland and, as well as the islands in the bay of Naples and across the lakes region, the Italian peninsula relies on many ferry services. Traveling by water is required for some destinations, such as the Tuscan islands and the islands in the Bay of Naples, Sicily, and Sardinia.
    During the summer season, there are always plenty of ferry choices from the mainland to the islands. Traghetto is the Italian word for the ferry.

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