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Train route: Florence and Beyond

Grasp the essence of Italy on this delightful rail trip.

Get to know the enchanting region of Tuscany and Italy's most famous cities. See it all with this amazing train route through Italy.

  • Enjoy the most magical Italian scenery from the window of the train.

  • Stay in Florence and take day trips to the most iconic Italian cities. See Pisa, Venice, Milan and even Rome, without having to drag your suitcase with you.

Travel by train for 4 days, enjoy your trip for much longer!

Itinerary in short


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For this itinerary we recommend:

  • Interrail Pass: Italy Pass
  • Travel days: 4 days within 1 month

1. Florence, Italy

Florence (Firenze), birthplace of the Renaissance, will enchant you whether you're an art lover, a history buff or just a curious adventurer.

  • Visit Michelangelo's Statue of David in Galleria dell'Accademia, one of the most recognised sculptures on the planet.

  • Walk through Florence Cathedral (il Duomo) and climb the 463 steps up to the top for a panoramic vista of the city.

  • Walk to San Miniato al Monte above Florence and enjoy the beautiful view at sunset.

You can walk from Firenze SMN railway station to Florence Cathedral. You'll be there in 12 minutes through Via Panzani.

Climb Florence cathedral to enjoy the marvelous views

View of Florence Cathedral from the Campanile Tower at early evening

From Florence to Pisa

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  • Florence, Italy

    Firenze S.M.N.

  • 0h 54m

    Reservation required

  • Pisa, Italy

    Pisa Centrale

2. Pisa, Italy

Pisa is well known for its famous architectural masterpiece, the Leaning Tower. Head to Campo dei Miracoli and enjoy Pisa's principal tourist attractions.

  • Visit the Leaning Tower (Torre Pendente di Pisa), known worldwide for its unintended tilt.

  • Take a look at the imposing Pisa Cathedral, a large striped Romanesque baptistery.

  • Explore Camposanto, a cloistered cemetery said to have been laid with earth brought by crusaders from the Holy Land.

You can reach Pisa's principal tourist attractions by taking a 15 minutes bus from Pisa Central Station to Pisa Piazza Manin.

Visit the Leaning tower of Pisa

Leaning tower of Pisa

From Florence to Venice

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  • Florence, Italy

    Firenze S.M.N.

  • 2h 5m

    Reservation required

  • Venice, Italy

    Venezia Santa Lucia

3. Venice, Italy

Venice, one of the most romantic cities worldwide, promises to charm even the most hardened of souls.

  • Admire grand Renaissance palaces and intricate arch bridges, on board of the iconic Venetian gondola.

  • Visit San Marco Basilica at Piazza San Marco, a perfect example of Venetian-Byzantine architecture.

  • Be part of one of the most famous carnivals in the world. The Carnavele di Venezia makes the whole of Venice come alive every February.

Enjoy the most romantic train ride gliding along the sea to Stazione di Venezia Santa Lucia.

Take a gondola ride through the canals of Venice

Traditional gondola and gondolier through the canals of Venice

From Florence to Milan

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  • Florence, Italy

    Firenze S.M.N.

  • 1h 30m

    Reservation required

  • Milan, Italy

    Milano Centrale

4. Milan, Italy

Milan is the image of Italian class and elegance and offers some of Europe's best shopping, plus much more.

  • Visit Leonardo da Vinci's 15th-century mural The Last Supper, in Santa Maria della Grazie.

  • Explore the magnificent Milan Cathedral - swoon at the Gothic architecture and marvel at its intricate pieces of art.

  • Wear your new Italian glamorous clothes for an opera evening at Teatro alla Scala.

  • ​Experience the Italian night scene. Camouflage yourself between locals at the bars along the streets of Brera.

Reach Milan Cathedral from Milano Centrale Railway Station in 12 minutes, by taking metro 3 (San Donato) to Duomo M3.

Admire Milan Cathedral's Gothic facade

Cathedral of Milan, Gothic Duomo

From Florence to Rome

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  • Florence

    Firenze S.M.N

  • 1h 37m

    Reservation required

  • Rome

    Roma Termini

5. Rome, Italy

As one of Italy's highlights, Rome's ancient monuments will fascinate you, but don't forget to indulge yourself with an Italian espresso. The combination of both will definitely make you return!

  • Visit the largest Colosseum built during the Roman Empire, one of the greatest examples of Roman architecture.

  • Close by, the hip quarter of Monti hosts an urban market every weekend. You will find everything you want there!

  • Explore the world's Roman Catholic hub and residence of the Pope - the Vatican City - and marvel at some of the most breathtaking art and architecture known to man.

Roma Termini train station is 15 minutes away from the city center. You can get there by taking a bus to Fontana di Trevi or the metro to Spagna or Colosseo.

Admire the Vatican views from the river Tiber

Views of Vatican City from the river Tiber at night Rome