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The Italian 'FrecciaRossa' is Europe's fastest and one of the most relaxing and beautiful ways to get around Italy
Traveling by train can be one of the most comfortable and visually appealing transportation methods available; it’s one of the best ways to observe the contrasts between cities as you zoom by to your destination! Italy has two major train services: Trenitalia and Italo trains. Both of these trains offer high speed rail services to some of Italy’s biggest cities such as Turin, Milan, Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples. The average distance from Rome to Florence is 143.5 miles/231 km and takes about 1.5 hours. Venice is farther, it takes about 3 hours and 40 minutes which equates to 330 miles/531 km on the high speed service. Naples is almost the same distance from Rome as it is to Florence, it takes a little over an hour to arrive, the distance between the cities is 142 miles or 229 km. The non-high speed rail services can take up to three times as long but are cheaper for those who have time to spare!
The difference between Trenitalia and Italo trains
The main difference between Trenitalia and Italo trains is that Trenitalia is the national train service in Italy and Italo trains provide private rail services. Naturally, Trenitalia is the more affordable of the two options. Sometimes there are offers on Italo train services which brings the price of tickets down. Many say that Italo trains have better food available to purchase aboard and the trains tend to be cleaner compared to Trenitalia. That being said, many tourists are quite satisfied with Trenitalia. For some more opinions on Italy’s train services check out the perspectives of other tourists on TripAdvisor.
Here is Trenitalia's website where you can check times, prices, and availability.