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1. Posted by brbuzz (Budding Member 2 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Taking Train from Paris to Turin and not sure where to go from there for 10 days in Italy.

2. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 4811 posts) 4w 1 Star this if you like it!

Italy has a wealth of fascinating places, oodles of history/art/excellent food & wine and an extensive railway network with both high-speed and 'ordinary' trains.

I've travelled by train in Italy a lot and can suggest a myriad possible itineraries but I do need a bit more info:

1. Where do you need to be at the end of your 10 days?

2. What are you most interested in seeing/doing? Archaeology, history, art, general 'tourist' sites & sights....... eating, walking.... beaches, shopping, clubbing.....

3. Will you be staying hostels or hotels? I ask because most places have at least one hotel but hostels are usually only found in tourist-popular locations.

From your profile it seems you'll be in Italy over Christmas. I assume you realise 25th (a Sunday) and 26th are public holidays with substantially reduced transport and many shops, sights etc closed or having much shorter opening hours?

[ Edit: Edited on 27 Oct 2022, 07:51 GMT by leics2 ]

3. Posted by brbuzz (Budding Member 2 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

ending trip in Rome. General tourist Sights and food. No clubbing. Ages in group 69 and 38. We will stay in Marriott or Hilton Hotels with our points. We want to utilize train as we will not be renting a car.

4. Posted by leics2 (Travel Guru 4811 posts) 4w 2 Star this if you like it!

Thank you for the extra info.

Wherever you are in Italy the food really is excellent as long as you avoid obviously tourist-aimed places (on the main tourist 'drags', offer non-Italian fast food, lots of English signage). If you eat where Italians are eating you won't go wrong...even if the staff don't speak much English and the menu's in Italian!

Use the official Italian railway website in English (linked below) to find train times (high-speed and 'ordinary'), details and fares. Use Italian names e.g. Turin = Torino, Milan = Milano, Rome = Roma.

https://www.trenitalia.com/en.html

Italo is another high-speed train provider. Fares, times, comfort and stations served are much the same as Trenitalia: https://www.italotreno.it/en

Itinerary idea 1:

A day in Turin (Torino Porta Nuova station) then a late afternoon/evening train to Milano Centrale station (from just over an hour).

Two or three full days in Milan. NB If you want to see 'The Last Supper' you must book online weeks in advance. Official site in English: https://cenacolovinciano.org/en/visit/#Prenotare Take daytrips by train to wonderful Bergamo, to Como (maybe take a lake ferry trip) and/or to Pavia. Take full advantage of the 'aperitivi' you'll encounter in Turin, Milan and Bergamo.

Onwards to Florence/Firenze (SM Novella station) on a late afternoon/early evening train, from just under 2 hours. If you want to visit the Uffizi book tickets in advance online using the official site: https://www.uffizi.it/en/tickets#tickets-booking Stay for at least 3 full days to include a daytrip by train to Pisa (you can also include lovely Lucca in one train daytrip if you wish) and/or a datrip to Siena by bus and/or a daytrip to San Gimignano by bus.

From Florence to Rome (Roma Termini station), from just over 1h 30m. Rest of the time in Rome (10 weeks isn't enough to see Rome, let alone the whole 10 days of your trip!).

Itinerary idea 2:

'The big three'.

Turin > Venice (Venezia Santa Lucia station), from 3h 34m. Minimum 2 full days in Venice.

Venice > Florence, from 2h 13m. As above.

Florence > Rome as above.

Itinerary idea 3:

Turin > Bologna (Bologna Centrale), from 2h 24m. Two full days to include daytrip by train to Ravello, UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Bologna > Florence from 38 min. As itinerary 1, then on to Rome.

Itinerary idea 4:

If you're desperate to see the wonderful and entirely unique Pompeii sites:

Turin > Naples (Napoli Centrale) from just under 6h. Two or three nights in Naples to include a full day visiting Pompeii Scavi and Ercolano (Herculaneum) using the Circumvesuviana commuter line (runs frequently, very cheap, stops at Pompeii entrance and 10 minutess' walk from Herculaneum. The unmissable National Archaeological Museum in Naples has the Pompeii finds, Naples historical centre is built on the Graeco-Roman city...up to 2 storeys high...which you can visit and the Capella Sansevero is one of the most jaw-dropping places I've ever visited: https://www.museosansevero.it/en/the-sansevero-chapel/

Naples > Rome from 1h 3m, Naples to Florence from just over 3 hours.

I could go on and on but I think I've given you enough ideas to be going on with!

[ Edit: Edited on 27 Oct 2022, 19:21 GMT by leics2 ]

5. Posted by AnastasiaC7 (Inactive 1 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I would recommend going to Rome or Milan;)

6. Posted by alescs (Budding Member 2 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

I wouldn't try to visit the whole of Northern Italy in one go. You'd get a taste of everything, maybe, but won't see properly anything.

I suggest you:

  • it depends what time you arrive in Turin, but I would spend a full day. So you may need 2 nights (1 day the day you get there, 1 the following day)
  • skip Milan. It's nice, but It's a big city and if you want medieval castles or cute little neighbourhoods... well, visit the rest of Italy. If you really don't want to do without, I'd say no more than one night (come from Turin with a morning/midday train).
  • spend at least 2 full days/3 nights in Rome (1 for walking around the city, with/without visiting the Colosseum or other key sights. Just walking past those sites is enough to take your breath away); the second day to visit Vatican city, S. Peter Cathedral and the surrounding area. Avoid turistic restaurants and have proper food from Rome (carbonara, ammatriciana, cacio e pepe, etc.)
  • skip Venice. Hard to do, but Venice is at its best if you spend at least 2 nights in town, so you have time to create your own itinerary and experience the atmosphere when the daily crowds are out of the way. Ideally, you'd do Venice + Veneto (Padova, Verona, Ville Venete) in a separate trip

I would focus on Central Italy, because everything is close by: Firenze, Bologna, Siena, Lucca... you won't feel bored!

  • if you spend 1 night in Bologna, go for dinner at Osteria Bottega, or Scacco Matto (but book ahead)
  • or you could stay in Firenze and go on day trips (added value: you can change programme at the last minute).
7. Posted by MichaelJJ (Budding Member 2 posts) 4w Star this if you like it!

Hello, I am a new user, very useful information[.

8. Posted by Charlottraveler (Budding Member 2 posts) 3w Star this if you like it!

Italy is really good for backpackers, and one of the best-hiking destinations. Believe me, you return from a trip to a completely different person. Many amazing places in the country make the heart beat faster. :)