Traveling Through Italy and Switzerland

Published Date Author: , August 23rd, 2012

Termini StationsRiding the train, often through vast, scenic vistas (even en route to Hogwarts) has been romanticized for years–in my own life, too. I’ve savored several memorable adventures: weaving through Europe, a Eurail Pass in hand, from Spain to Budapest literally consuming each destination’s distinct culture, food, and drink.

So, with great excitement and romance in mind, and loose-fitting pants we’d surely grow into, my partner Matt and I embarked in March on a multiple-city journey and eating rampage through Italy’s northern half–from Rome up to Switzerland’s Italian-speaking Bellinzona, places neither of us had been. Automobile road trips and liner cruises? Uffa!

Part of Rail Europe (, Trenitalia’s high-speed Frecciarossa (Red Arrow), zips through Italy at 180 mph, stopping in major cities including Rome, Naples, Bologna, and Milan; with perks like ergonomic seats and Wi-Fi. Sister lines Frecciargento (Silver Arrow) and Frecciabianca (White Arrow) are almost as speedy, with upper-class comforts like a complimentary refreshment trolley service.

Authored By Lawrence Ferber – See the Full Story at Passport Magazine

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