Looking at train sites, not seeing a fast train from Rome to Mantova. Am I missing something? Trying to avoid renting a car.
Trenitalia's app shows a decent selection of combination freccia/regional trains. Are you specifying Roma and Mantova as your From and To selections? I just pulled up Roma Termini to Mantova for the morning of 2/27 and came up with 5 results with travel times of under five hours.
Found a train on this site https://www.thetrainline.com/ with a bit over 3hr travel time- no changes. Rome-Verona ( random date in April)
How far into the future are you looking? May be an issue with schedule not yet being released for later in the year
Maybe operator error on my part. Thanks for the link. Our trip isn't until beginning of July.
Appreciate the feedback!
I think the new schedules are up loaded roughly the first week of June. However, there will be little change in times or trains from what is now scheduled.
Day of week matters.
Our trip isn't until beginning of July.
That's after the bi-annual timetable change (2nd weekend in June and December). Times for June-December will not appear until late April/early May.
For the sake of planning, just use times for May, they change little.
"Looking at train sites" - you don't say which sites. You first choice should always be the company running the trains, in this case Trenitalia: https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html
For May I see plenty of trains Roma to Mantova, changing at Verona. Takes about 4½ hours, costs about €40.
Trenitalia has already uploaded the July schedules of the only direct Roma-Verona high speed train, it's the Frecciarossa1000 #8528 that departs to Verona at 18:50. When the Regionale summer schedules will be available you'll see many more options with a change in either Bologna, Padua or Verona.
Only a few small towns are served by direct high speed trains. You are not missing anything, except that Mantua is actually too small and too far from the main railway backbone.