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High-Speed trains included in Italy rail pass?

Am I able to ride the Le Frecce or Eurostar speed trains if I purchase the Italy Rail Pass? Or does the Italy 3 or more day pass only cover regular train travel?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) June 05, 2012 15:02

    A rail pass covers the ticket costs on trains between different cities in the country or countries included on the pass. This includes high-speed trains, such as the Eurostar Italia and Le Frecce trains in Italy. When applicable, reservations are a supplementary cost to a rail pass, just as they would be factored into the cost of individual point-to-point tickets. Therefore, a rail pass still often works out to be the most economical option for travelers taking multiple trains while in Europe that cover more substantial distances.

    Reservations are required on all high-speed trains, night trains, and many international routes. In Italy, most major cities are connected almost exclusively by high-speed trains. Therefore, it is likely that reservations will be required for many trips there.

    You would book reservations by clicking on 'Book a Reservation for Your Pass' from the homepage of our website, Trains in Italy can be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure.

    The regional trains in Italy do not accept reservations, so the rail pass is all that would be needed to board one of these trains.

    While a rail pass will generally cover any rail line within the country listed on the pass, there is one exception to take note of for travel within Italy. This exception is the privately owned and operated Circumvesuviana line running along the Amalfi coast to cities such as Sorrento or Pompei. Therefore, in this case, a rail pass that includes Italy would cover you to Naples, where you would have to purchase a separate ticket to continue on along the Amalfi Coast. Circumvesuviana trains depart out of the Piazza Garibaldi station in Naples, which is conveniently located in the same building as the Centrale station (the main rail station in Naples).
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