There are many beautiful countries to be found throughout every single corner of the globe, but there are few better 'natural' wonders than Italy. From the food to the people and everything in-between, it's just one of those dream vacation destinations.
When you pair that together with the fun that is interrailing, it gets all the more entertaining. Being able to travel via train from place to place really is great fun, and it makes the art of traveling feel like even more of an adventure.
We've used Interrail Planner to set out our own journey across the boot-shaped nation, in case you need any tips.
We’re going to start off our 10-step journey in Turin, which we consider to be a dramatically underrated part of the country. It is the capital city of Piedmont in the northern part on the country, and it’s best known for some of the architectural gems which lie within its quarters – which is a pretty common theme of our trip.
The Mole Antonelliana stands tall as one of the most recognizable places in the country, and if you’re feeling like going a bit more ‘high-end’, then you should take it upon yourself to go and see the Royal Palace.
For the first part of the actual interrail section of the trip, it should only take you a little over 90 minutes or so to make your way from Turin to Milan. As we head further inland things become a little bit more corporate, with Milan serving as one of the fashion capitals of the world.
The Duomo di Milano is perhaps one of the most remarkable structures in the entirety of Italy, and that isn’t an understatement. If you want to make your visit here worthwhile then visiting the cathedral alone is going to accomplish that goal.
It’ll only take you 2 and ½ hours to reach what is, in the eyes of many, one of the most romantic destinations on the face of the planet. From the gondola rides to the soothing music to the many, many elite restaurants, Venice is quintessential Italy at its finest.
It may not be everyone’s cup of tea and it certainly forces you to question what you want out of the trip, but we can guarantee that this is the most unique destination you could ever dream of visiting when it comes to this plan of action that we’ve put together.
From Venice down south to Bologna you’ll only find yourself on a train for around 75 minutes, and within the blink of an eye, you’ll have been transported to somewhere completely different in every way, shape & form.
The medieval towers are spectacular, the Piazza Maggiore square is really fun, and the Fountain of Neptune makes you sit back and question what you want out of life – and no, we aren’t being overly dramatic.
Oh, and the cuisine there is also out of this world, but you probably already knew that.
In just one hour and 45 minutes, you’ll be able to find yourself enjoying an entirely different sort of environment in Pisa which, as we all know, is best known for the fantastic Leaning Tower of Pisa. Outside of that, it’s a very standard Italian destination, but when it comes to tourist spots, there aren’t many better than this.
The sun always seems to be shining, the grass lights up the surrounding areas, and the monument itself is simply breathtaking.
If you don’t go and take a stereotypical picture next to the Leaning Tower of you pretending to hold it, then what’s the point?
If you head just one hour east you’ll find yourself in one of the most special destinations on the entire journey: Florence. The world of art should revolve around Florence and everything in it, with the Renaissance pieces complimenting the rich architecture perfectly.
It’s the kind of city that makes you feel immediately chilled out within an incredibly short space of time, and when you look deeper into the history of it all, you’ll soon feel like you’ve been transported many years into the past. Honestly, it is utterly breathtaking.
The quick trips continue because just 90 minutes down south from Florence in the wonderful Rome. The busy nature of the traffic and the city as a whole means it isn’t for everyone, but historically speaking, this place is a masterpiece and there’s no way of getting around that fact.
In terms of sights to see you will be spoilt for choice, from the Trevi Fountain to the Roman Forum to St. Peter’s Basilica to the Colosseum and beyond. There are no words that can do Rome justice, and it has more than earned the name of being the Eternal City.
Down towards the coast, just over an hour away from Rome, you will discover Naples. This resplendent city is overshadowed by the magnificent Mount Vesuvius, which dates back many, many years.
The Royal Palace is enough to send anyone into a state of shock, the Castel Nuovo is one of the best castles in the world, and the views are endless.
It also happens to be a great gateway to a series of other destinations, too, because as you can probably tell by our journey so far, it’s pretty easy to get around.
We head an hour down the road to our penultimate spot on the trip: Sorrento. This coastal town just gives off the impression of being an incredibly stereotypical Italian location, and there’s nothing wrong with that.
If you want a summer holiday with a little bit of a kick, then Sorrento is the perfect spot for you. The water views and Piazza Tasso, which is full of Italian cafes, gives you all that you could possibly ever need for a spectacular Italian getaway.
If you want to find the right way to relax, then you’re in business with Sorrento.
The last part of the trip is going to seem a little bit daunting, but given how short the travel times have been up to this point, we don’t think it’s too much to ask.
From Sorrento to Bari you’ll be taking a six-hour train, which gives you more than enough time to appreciate the inland beauty of the Italian countryside.
Then, upon arrival, you’ll be greeted with one of the finest port cities in the world on the Adriatic Sea. From the shopping to the food it has the feeling of a really high-end, luxury destination, which is the perfect way to cap off this route.