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Italian rail service is Crazy!! Going from Milan to Venice, Venice to Milan, Milan to Pisa, Pisa to Rome, Rome to Naples, Naples to Ancona, and Ancona to Milan

We are going from Milan to Venice back to Milan to Pisa to Rome to Naples On to Ancona then back to Milan all in 15 days. If I buy a Eurail Italy continuous pass can we ride All high speed trains all the way ? And can we reserve all when we book ?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) February 13, 2017 22:36
    Hi Lin,

    Yes, any raill pass that includes Italy (such as the Eurail Italy Pass) is valid to cover any train that is a part of the national rail network of Italy, including the high-speed 'Le Frecce' trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca, and Frecciargento) trains. The 'Le Frecce' trains and any IC (InterCity) or EC (EuroCity) train would just require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    For the Eurail Italy Pass, you would click here: https://www.raileurope.com/rail-tickets-passes/eurail-italy-pass/index.html.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase any reservations by clicking the 'Seat Reservations' tab on our homepage (www.raileurope.com), entering a route, and indicating the type of rail pass with which you'll be traveling (i.e. a 'Eurail Italy Pass'). Generally, reservable trains in Italy can be booked once within 120 days of an intended date of departure.

    Milan to Venice & Venice to Milan

    Trains from Milan to Venice (and return) are Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca trains, or EC trains. These trains do require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    Milan to Pisa

    While there are some direct IC trains from Milan to Pisa and a direct Frecciabianca train, most connections from Milan to Pisa would involve changing trains once in Florence en route. Also, the connections involving changing trains in Florence actually take less time than any of the direct trains.

    The direct trains from Milan to Pisa (IC or Frecciabianca) require reservations, as do the direct trains from Milan to Florence (Frecciarossa).

    From Milan 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 Milan to Florence with a rail pass, you would need to take one of the Frecciarossa trains.

    Trains from Florence to Pisa are regional trains that don't even accept reservations, so the Eurail Italy Pass is all you would need to board.

    Pisa to Rome

    From Pisa to Rome, there are direct Frecciabianca, Frecciargento, or IC trains. These trains will all require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    Rome to Naples

    On the segment from Rome to Naples, there are Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca, IC trains, and also Italo trains. Since the Italo trians don't accept rail passes, you would once again want to be sure to take one of the Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca, or IC trains. These trains do require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    Naples to Ancona

    A connection from Naples to Ancona involves changing trains once in Rome along the way.

    Just like for your trip from Rome to Naples, you would take one of the Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca, or IC trains in order to get back from Naples to Rome. These trains do require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    From Rome to Ancona, there are either IC trains or regional trains. On the IC trains, reservations would be required in addition to the rail pass. On the regional trains, reservations aren't even accepted, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    Ancona to Milan

    From Ancona to Milan, you would take a direct Frecciabianca train. These trains require reservations in addition to the rail pass.
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