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trenitalia pass

Is anyone familiar with the trenitalia pass? I am trying to determine if it is worth getting or if point to point traveling is my better option? I will be traveling with my husband and 2 children (ages 5 and 4). From what I am reading, it looks like I can purchase this pass to use on 7 trains over the course of 15 days. It also stated that I can add my children to my pass and they can ride for free. Has anyone ever used this? and if so, can you share your experience with using it?

As it turns out, I need exactly 7 trains on this trip (in addition to some regional trains as I near the cities) over the course of 14 days 1) Venice to Milan, 2)Milan to La Spezia, 3) La Spezia to Pisa, 4) Pisa to Florence, 5) Florence to Poggibonsi (Siena), 6) Florence to Naples, and 7) Naples to Rome. From what I am seeing on google maps, each trip is 1 train ride, but it seems to good to be true. Any advice is appreciated. Thanks in advance

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Have you added up the cost of the point to point travel? Does it exceed 246 €?
I am much more worried about how much moving you are doing on this trip--are you sure you don't want to share your itinerary for feedback?

Posted by
2166 posts

I don't know what "each trip is 1 train ride" means and what Google Maps can tell you about the rail service between two cities.

Anyway there isn't an easy answer to your question because it depends on the number of train companies running trains on that specific route and on the availability of discounted tickets on your days of travel.

In short, You must go on trenitalia.com and do the math. Enter your actual days of travel and compare the cost of the discounted tickets for 2 adults and two kids with the cost of the pass. Then do the same on italotreno.it/en. (Venice - Milan ; Florence - Naples ; Naples - Rome).

ps Since I doubt you are going to La Spezia to visit La Spezia, note that there are direct Intercity trains from Milan to Monterosso. Monterosso is the biggest of the Cinque Terre villages and the only one with a beach where kids can be kids. Your train from Milan will probably call at Monterosso before arriving in La Spezia.

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Valadelphia, our current itinerary is to fly into Venice (stay 3 nights). We would activate train pass when we leave Venice. Then take train to Milan for pitstop (stay 1 night), next day head for Cinque Terre(stay 3 nights), then pitstop in Pisa for 1/2 day and take train to Florence, (stay 3 nights), head down to Siena (stay 3 nights), from there, down to Sorrento (stay 4 nights), and on the last day the pass would be good for, head to Rome (stay 5 nights).

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I stand corrected, while that is much more than I would want to move (especially with kids that age), it's not unreasonable. But do remember you'll need to have laundry done at some point. I'd consider dropping Milan and Pisa, though at least Milan breaks up the Venice to CT day, which is long.

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Hi, you can check the actual route & number of trains by entering some of your start & stop locations on www.trenitalia.com. Just put in a date like a month from now to see the options & times. This will give you the info of how many transfers, if any, are needed on a route.

You will need to use the Italian names on Trenitalia:

Venezia
Milano
Firenze (Florence)
Napoli
Roma

If you purchase the tickets ahead of time, i.e. a month or two, you can usually buy the economy price, plus there’s sales sometimes, too.

Posted by
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Google would not be my resource for train schedules, but yes, each leg you mention can be done by boarding a single train, not requiring a connection. There are also some direct Florence-Siena trains that don’t require a connection (nor end point) at Poggibonsi. (Florence-Siena is also easy and may be more frequent by direct bus.) The Trenitalia Pass is counting train legs, not full days of travel; see https://www.trenitalia.com/en/offers/trenitalia-pass.html.

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Thank you so much Laura! That is good information. Do you know how the plan works? I am just wondering how difficult or easy it is to book the trains I want, once I purchase the pass? I'm curious to know if there are any restrictions on certain trains, that I might run into. Thank you again for all the information

Posted by
21200 posts

As I remember a seat reservation is required on ALL trains except the Regional trains. The cost in the past was 10E for that is forty dollars on each leg in addition to the cost of the pass.

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2166 posts

The holders of the Trenitalia Pass do not pay the € 10 fee.

Reservations aren't capacity controlled, getting one will be as difficult or as easy as getting a ticket at the last minute.

Posted by
21200 posts

So much for the memory. Everything is getting foggier and foggier.

Posted by
25746 posts

your memory is good Frank, the product is new and has new rules.