Family fun in Italy: Rome to Sondrio, Sondrio to Venice, Venice to Florence, Florence to San Gimignano, San Gimignano to Sorrento to Rome.

Train fares for four adults with reserved seating.Rome to Sondrio May 5, 2017Sondrio to Venice May 7, 2017Venice to Florence May 9, 2017 orVenice to San Giminigno (Tuscany) May 9, 2017San Giminigno to Sorrento May 13, 2017Sorrento to Rome May 16, 2017is it more economical to purchase a rail italy passjillpenth@hotmail.com
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) March 13, 2017 14:41
    Hi Jill,

    For the requested travel, your best option would be to purchase the Eurail Italy Pass. I'm sorry, however, we are not able to provide or verify prices through this forum or email. For the Eurail Italy Pass, click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-italy-pass/index.html.

    I'm going to break down each of your trips individually.

    Rome to Sondrio

    A connection from Rome to Sondrio takes just under 5.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Milan along the way.

    Trains from Rome to Milan are high-speed 'Frecciarossa' trains. As a supplement to a rail pass, these trains require reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Rome to Milan by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Italy Pass'). Generally, trains in Italy can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.

    From Rome to Milan, there are also trains called 'Italo' trains. Italo trains, however, are privately operated and don't accept rail passes. Therefore, for travel from Rome to Milan with a rail pass, you would want to be sure to choose one of the 'Frecciarossa' trains.

    Trains from Milan to Sondrio are regional trains that don't even accept reservations. Therefore, the Eurail Italy Pass is all you will need to board. For planning, you can still check schedules for trains from Milan to Sondrio by searching the route right on our homepage. Generally, when just searching for schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.

    When you have a look at the schedules, be sure to take note of the stations of arrival and departure. Trains from Milan to Sondrio only depart from Milan's Centrale station. Therefore, you will probably want to be sure to choose a train from Rome that arrives into the Centrale station.

    Trains from Milan to Sondrio run along the eastern shoreline of Lake Como for part of the journey.

    Sondrio to Venice

    A connection from Sondrio to Venice takes 5 to 5.5 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Milan along the way.

    Just like for your trip into Sondrio, trains from Sondrio to Milan are non-reservable regional trains. Therefore, the Eurail Italy Pass is all you will need to board.

    Trains from Milan to Venice are 'Frecciarossa' or 'Frecciabianca' trains. As a supplement to a rail pass, these trains require reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Milan to Venice by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Italy Pass'). Generally, trains in Italy can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.

    For planning, you can just check schedules for the trains from Sondrio to Milan by searching the route right on our homepage. Generally, when just searching for schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.

    Venice to Florence

    Trains from Venice to Florence are 'Frecciargento' or 'Frecciarossa' trains. As a supplement to a rail pass, these trains require reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Venice to Florence by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Italy Pass'). Generally, trains in Italy can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.

    From Venice to Florence, there are also trains called 'Italo' trains. Italo trains, however, are privately operated and don't accept rail passes. Therefore, for travel from Venice to Florence with a rail pass, you would want to be sure to choose one of the 'Frecciargento' or 'Frecciarossa' trains.

    Florence to San Gimignano (Poggibonsi San Gimignano)

    The rail station for San Gimignano is 'Poggibonsi San Gimignano'. Trains from Florence to 'Poggibonsi San Gimignano' are regional trains that don't accept reservations. Therefore, the Eurail Italy Pass is all you will need to board.

    For planning, you can still check schedules for the trains from Florence to 'Poggibonsi San Gimignano' by searching the route right on our homepage. Generally, when just searching for schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.

    San Gimignano (Poggibonsi San Gimignano) to Sorrento

    Sorrento can only be reached by taking the privately owned and operated 'Circumvesuviana Railway' from Naples. Because it is privately operated, rail passes are not valid, and tickets can only be purchased locally upon arrival. The tickets are rather inexpensive; I wouldn't expect it to be any more than €5-10 per person. The 'Circumvesuviana' trains depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride from Naples to Sorrento takes about 55-68 minutes. These trains depart out of the Piazza Garibaldi station in Naples, which is conveniently located in the lower level of the same building as the Naples Centrale station (where most trains from elsewhere in Italy will arrive into).

    A connection from 'Poggibonsi San Gimignano' to Naples takes around 4 hours in duration and involves changing trains once in Florence along the way.

    Once again, the trains between 'Poggibonsi San Gimignano' and Florence are regional trains that don't accept reservations. Therefore, the Eurail Italy Pass is all you will need to board.

    For planning, you can still check schedules for the trains from 'Poggibonsi San Gimignano' to Florence by searching the route right on our homepage. Generally, when just searching for schedules for non-reservable trains, you would have to be sure the 'No' option is checked where it asks you 'Are you traveling with a rail pass?'.

    Trains from Florence to Naples are high-speed 'Frecciarossa' or 'Frecciargento' trains. As a supplement to a rail pass, these trains require reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Florence to Naples by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Italy Pass'). Generally, trains in Italy can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.

    From Florence to Naples, there are also trains called 'Italo' trains. Italo trains, however, are privately operated and don't accept rail passes. Therefore, for travel from Florence to Naples with a rail pass, you would want to be sure to choose one of the 'Frecciarossa' or 'Frecciargento' trains.

    Conveniently, trains from Florence to Naples do arrive into the Centrale station, so you can just walk down to the lower level, and you'll be at the Piazza Garibaldi station, from where the 'Circumvesuviana' trains depart.

    Sorrento to Rome

    For a trip out of Sorrento, you would have to take the privately owned 'Circumvesuviana' back up to Naples. Because it is privately owned, rail passes are not accepted, and tickets would have to be purchased locally when you're there. Once again, these trains depart once every 30 minutes throughout the day, and the ride between Sorrento and Naples takes about 55-68 minutes. They will take you back into the Piazza Garibaldi station, conveniently located in the lower level of the same building as the Naples Centrale station (from where trains to Rome depart).

    Trains from Naples to Rome are high-speed 'Frecciarossa'. 'Frecciabianca', or 'Frecciargento' trains. As a supplement to a rail pass, these trains require reservations. For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations from Naples to Rome by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering the route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Italy Pass'). Generally, trains in Italy can be reserved once within 90-120 days of an intended departure date.

    From Naples to Rome, there are also trains called 'Italo' trains. Italo trains, however, are privately operated and don't accept rail passes. Therefore, for travel from Naples to Rome with a rail pass, you would want to be sure to choose one of the 'Frecciarossa', 'Frecciabianca', or 'Frecciargento' trains.
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