As the title suggests, the purpose of this blog is to provide some background material concerning:
- Travel on secondary railway lines in Italy - including steam excursions
- Cultural links
- Information concerning regional cuisine and restaurants
- Abruzzo- Umbria - Marche
- Lazio - Campania - Molise
- Toscana - Emilia Romagna
- Liguria - Piemonte - Val D'Aosta
- Lombardia - Veneto
- Puglia - Basilicata - Calabria
The blog encourages comment from visitors and suggestions for inclusion under each of the categories. This site focuses predominantly on rural contexts, whereas a sister site "What Seria A tifosi (fans) eat" focuses more on eating in urban areas.
Rail Travel : A number of links for booking rail travel are included; Seat61 provides good advice on combining tickets. It also deals with the issue of rail passes and supplements. Rail Europe and International Rail have on-line booking facilities for city-to-city travel and rail passes. Rail passes used to be associated with Inter Rail and young people, however, they are available to all ages and groups. Note that there may be some restrictions on the use of rail passes on certain trains such as high speed trains and sleepers. Also note that if you are resident in Europe rail passes usually do not include travel in your "home" country. Information on Rail Passes
When making an international booking using the internet you may want to compare prices and schedules with the national rail provider in the country of your departure. You may save time and even money. Where possible I will point out the various options.
- Even if you have InterRail passes, you cannot walk onto any train. You need to have a reservation for Frecciarossa and Intercity trains. You may be required to pay a supplement (fine) if you have not made a seat reservation. It is also wise to do so as many trains during peak periods (even Intercity) can be quite crowded.
- If you book a ticket for a regional train on-line, there are restrictions on changing your departure time and you may risk having to buy a new ticket. If you think that you may need to change your schedule, it is advisable that you buy your ticket at the station just before leaving (multi-lingual self service machines are available at most stations).
- When using Trenitalia on-line booking, be very wary as you will invariably be offered options that use the Frecciarossa services. This can result in paying up to 2-3 times the price of a regional train ticket for travel on traditional lines. On this blog/website you will be advised on how to avoid being routed on the high speed trains.