Unlimited Italy Rail Pass .... Which to Buy ?

Hello! I will be in Italy (coming from United States) for a total of 16 days. In that time frame I will be traveling from Rome,to Cinque Terre to Florence to Naples and back to Rome. I'd like to buy a pass I can use for that time frame, but I don't know what pass to buy. Can you please provide a recommendation ?
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  • Jeff (Official Rep) July 31, 2013 15:57
    Hi Tracy,

    For your travels, you would purchase the Eurail Italy Pass. You can purchase the Eurail Italy Pass here: http://www.raileurope.com/rail-ticket... .

    Coming from Rome, you would search trains to La Spezia for your trip to the Cinque Terre. La Spezia is a town just south of the Cinque Terre, from where you would be able to switch to a regional train that would take you to each of the villages of the Cinque Terre.

    Therefore, you would just be able to use your rail pass to travel on these regional trains that run between La Spezia and Monterosso and La Spezia, stopping wherever you wish along the way, be it Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, or Vernazza. These are just regional trains that would not even accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board.

    WIth that said, while the rail line between La Spezia and the villages of the Cinque Terre is covered by a rail pass, you might not want to expend a day of rail travel on your pass just for this, unless you are already doing it all on the same day of your initial arrival into La Spezia from Rome. The journey between La Spezia and the villages of the Cinque Terre are very short and would be inexpensive to pay for locally, so it would likely not be worth squandering a day of rail travel on this, unless you are already using that day to get to La Spezia.

    The direct trains from Rome up to La Spezia would require reservations, in addition to your rail pass. Once you add the pass to your 'itinerary' (shopping cart), you would purchase reservations by clicking 'Add Reservation' after clicking on 'Read More' where it says 'Check to determine if you need reservations when traveling with your rail pass'. In the upcoming weeks, this may go back to being a simple 'Continue Shopping' button that you can click from your itinerary/shopping cart. To check reservation costs and schedules beforehand, you would click on 'Book your Rail Pass Reservations' on the homepage of our website, www.raileurope.com.

    Most connections from La Spezia to Florence would involve changing trains once in Pisa along the way. Most of the trains from La Spezia to Pisa and all trains from Pisa to Florence are regional trains that don't accept reservations, so the rail pass is all you would need to board. From La Spezia to Pisa, only the trains that have a 3 digit train number that begins with a '6' (labeled 'Intercity Plus') and the train with a 5 digit train number that begins with a '3' (labeled 'Le Frecce') would require reservations in addition to the rail pass.

    Trains from Florence to Naples require reservations in addition to the rail pass, as would trains from Naples back to Rome.

    Reservable trains in Italy can only be booked within 90 days of an intended date of departure. If your intended travel happens to fall outside of this time frame, you would just enter a date within the next 90 days to get an idea of the reservation costs and view schedules when searching the routes on our site.
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