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Multi-city trip throughout Italy in September

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Multi-city trip throughout Italy in September

We are travelling throughout Italy and looking for ideas on best way to get around cities...considering Europass. Does anyone share their experiences with us?

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1. Re: Multi-city trip throughout Italy in September

Depending how many cities and how many days, it might be more economical to book directly from the trenitalia website than buying a eurail pass. If you have all your dates lined up, and book far enough ahead of time you can find OW ticket fares for as little as 9 euros - these are referred to as super economy tickets and once booked cannot be changed.

not sure what the time frame is for when the fares are available though -- we go ours about 3 months before- and they do sell out.

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2. Re: Multi-city trip throughout Italy in September

... and the earlier you book them, the cheaper it is.

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3. Re: Multi-city trip throughout Italy in September

A train pass is almost never worthwhile in Italy. All the fast trains have compulsory seat reservations, for which a passholder has to pay €10. If you get in early, some journeys have tickets available for €9 including the seat reservation.

For the best prices, book direct with the train operator as far ahead as possible. Tickets usually go on sale 4 months before travel, and the cheapest tickets often sell out quickly. The discounted prices keep going up as the travel date gets closer.

You can get train times and costs from www.trenitalia.com using the Italian versions of city names. There is also a new operator serving Milan, Turin, Bologna, Venice, Florence, Rome, Naples and Salerno: http://www.italotreno.it/EN

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4. Re: Multi-city trip throughout Italy in September

Thanks for all the info. We are arriving in Rome, heading to Venice, on to Florence, through Chianti to Pompeii, Amalfi, Sorrento, Isle of Capri and back to Rome. We created the itinerary and not on a set tour schedule. We were really trying to get a sense if a pass made sense and/or if making travel arrangements as we go old work out ok. We'd rather make travel decisions as we go. Any issue you can see with this approach?

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5. Re: Multi-city trip throughout Italy in September

If you are planning on not having lodging booked for September - that will be a hassle. You will likely find something available in Rome last minute given that it is a big city but September is still high season and places for destinations like Sorrento, Capri, Amalfi Coast and Venice and likely Florence as well, will have been booked up months and months in advance. You will end up wasting a bunch of precious time looking for something that suits you and your budget.

The seaside areas can be especially rough to find availability at that time of year as they are smaller towns/villages and what lodging exists get taken long before September.

If you are only talking about train tickets - sure, you can buy them on the day of travel if you want - you just won't enjoy some of the possible steep discounts that you would if you bought online in advance. But, they will be available.

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