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1. Posted by clore (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Hi, everyone!
I am leaving for Italy this week, but I will stay there only for 3 days. Then I will travel to other countries.
I want to visit as many cities as I can within these few days, but the transportation cost is of much my concern. I suppose buying a day card can save money. but I am not sure if the rail companies in Italy sell day cards. Could anyone please help?
I did think of buying a youth pass, but due to my stay being less than 4 days, I think maybe a day card suits me more.
I am so confused now. Please help@
Thanks for all who'd like to help!


2. Posted by BasiaAlm (Full Member 61 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Relax, train tickets in Italy are inexpensive by European standards. If you only have three days and want to make "as many cities as you can", I might suggest Rome day one, Florence day two and Venice day three. They are the most famous - and distictly different from each other - places in Italy, with short travel distances and the ticket cost should be around $50 alltogether, if I remember correctly.

3. Posted by clore (Budding Member 2 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Thank you for your reply.
But I am sorry to inform you that I have booked 3 days hostel in Milano. I have made a very big mistake...
That means...if I travel to Rome, Venice and Florence, I will have to pay for the return tickets as well. That's what really costs me most.
Could you suggest another routes?

Thanks! much appreciated!


4. Posted by BasiaAlm (Full Member 61 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

If you really want short distances, then spend a day in Milano, and take a trip to Pavia ("a city of a hundred towers"), only 30 minutes by train from Milano. Pavia is great for a stroll - it is a medieval city that is vibrant (lots of students) with today. 10 km from Pavia is the Certosa di Pavia, known as the most extravagant monastery in Italy - if you are into architecture. If you are into music you might go to Cremona, where the Stradivarius museum is. Then, if you want to have fun and see some of Italian scenery take a day to co to Lago di Como, which Wordsworth called "a treaure which the earth keeps to itself". Well, it no longer does, since the turists discovered it, but it is still awesome, especially its western shore - the town of Como itself is ruined by ugly turist related development.

5. Posted by Gelli (Travel Guru 2457 posts) 14y Star this if you like it!

Milan is certainly worth a day or so, and Pavia and Lake Como area are also excellent choices and close by. Lake Maggiore would be a possible alternative to Lake Como and if you want to go a bit further out (still cheap by Italian train, even for returns), the likes of Parma, Verona, Bergamo or Bologna would be a feasible and worthwhile, if longer, day trip.