Rome, Naples, Pompei, Florence, Pisa, and Venice

This is my first time to go to Italy .1. Our First destination coming from U.S. Is Rome, From Rome we want to go to Pompeii Do We need to go to Naple to take a train going to pompaeii.? how much , what kind of train ? 2 From Naple we will stay 2 night then go to Florence to Pisa . What train ? 3. From florence to Venice is the last as we have a ticket going to Greece in marco polo airport. 4.Is these route good according to distance. 5. Do I need several kind of train. In these route , the train pass is applicable ? if yes what kind Please advise time saving and money wise. Hoping for your immediate replyWe are flying Sept. First Thank you Sally
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 24, 2017 18:44
    Hi Sally,

    Any rail pass that includes Italy is valid to cover each of the stations you mentioned, with the exception of the station at the Pompei ruins. The ruins of Pompei can only be reached by taking a train along the privately owned and operated 'Circumvesuviana Line' from Naples. This rail line runs between the Piazza Garibaldi station in Naples and Sorrento, and the ruins are located right off the 'Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri' stop. Since these trains are privately owned and operated, a rail pass would not be valid and the tickets would have to be purchased locally upon arrival. I believe these tickets only cost a few euros or so per person. The ride on the 'Circumvesuviana' from Naples to 'Pompei Scavi-Villa dei Misteri' only takes about 35 minutes in each direction.

    Conveniently, the Piazza Garibaldi station is located in the lower level of the same building as the Naples Centrale station, which is considered the main rail station in Naples where most trains from elsewhere in Italy will arrive into (including trains coming from Rome).

    A connection from Rome to Pompei involves taking a high-speed train to Naples, where you would switch to the 'Circumvesuviana'. Since the 'Circumvesuviana' isn't covered, you would only use your rail pass for the segment from Rome to Naples.

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

    Trains from Rome to Naples require reservations as a supplement to a rail pass.

    For travel with a rail pass, you would purchase reservations 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').

    From Rome to Naples, there are Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca, and Italo trains. However, Italo trains do not accept rail passes, so you would want to be sure to choose one of the Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, or Frecciabianca trains when you go to purchase your reservations.

    For a connection from the Pompei ruins to Florence, you would take the 'Circumvesuviana' back up to Naples, where you would connect to a direct train to Florence. Once again, tickets for the 'Circumvesuviana' to Naples would have to be purchased locally. Trains from Naples to Florence also will require reservations as a supplement the rail pass. From Naples to Florence, there are Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Italo trains. Since the Italo trains do not accept rail passes, you would want to be sure to choose one of the Frecciarossa or Frecciargento trains when booking your reservations for this segment.

    From Florence to Pisa, you would just take a regional train. The regional trains do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is actually all you would need to board. For planning purposes, you can view schedules for the trains between Florence and Pisa by doing a search 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?'.

    From Florence to Venice, there are Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Italo trains. Once again, just be sure to choose one of the Frecciarossa or Frecciargento trains when booking your reservations, since the Italo trains do not accept rail passes.

    Generally, trains in Italy can be reserved once within 120 days of an intended departure date.
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