First of all my heart-felt condolences to the ones who are affected by the earthquake in L'Aquila. May God give them all strength to overcome these difficult times. I had booked my tickets and planned to visit Rome, Pisa and Venice over the Easter weekend. But now in the background of the quake, I am not able to make sure whether it is safe and feasible to travel now with my parents and fiance.
I am extremely sorry if I am hurting anyone's sentiments but that is not my intention. Please give your honest opinion whether it will be safe to travel to Rome, Pisa and Venice after this quake. I think L'Aquila is closest to Rome out of these three cities. But I would really like to know whether it is fine to go.
Also I will be travelling by train between the cities so it would be great if someone could give some information about the current situation of the rail lines in Italy between these cities. Or if I could get to know where to search for information about the rail lines after the quake. I tried calling Trenitalia's call centre but couldnt get through.
Please do reply.
Your question is quite understandable.
As far as dependable news is available, it seems that the risk of aftershocks is rather low. But the three cities you plan to visit are extremely unlikely to be affected anyway.
As to trains, you won't come close to the area that got hit, so if there are any discontinuations of service at all (I haven't been able to find out, they won't affect your trip.
To ease your mind, here you can find an online shock-watcher of the Italian National Seismic Institute.
Well its sad to see the situation in the Italy now, I myself is planned to travel Italy next week.
But what i have seen that most of the famous tourist cities are not that effected. Rome, Florence, Millan, Venice are safe.
Ya as Jade said they are quite safe now and no worries for the danger.
[ Edit: Sorry, no promos please. ]
Try one of the three big islands - Sicily, Corsica or Sardinia. All the budget airlines go there very cheaply - from the UK and other European cities too. Once there, you can get a ferry across to the mainland for a reasonable price and decide about onward travel, once there.
Have a great trip.
well, i think it is a bad time to visit a country when it is in a state of mourning, unless you are a journalist that is.....
I am Italian and live in Rome. There are absolutely no damages in teh areas you are going to visit and there is no reason why you should not come to Italy at this time!
Rail connections are working efficiently and the only portion that has not be reactivated is the L'aquila to Sulmona, that is not on your routes and is only local.
So have a happy travel!