21 Nov Italy Interrail June 2018
June saw another Interrail adventure. This time sticking to just one country and Italy was the chosen destination. It has so many different beautiful cities to visit, and none are two the same. We travelled from top to bottom to really get a sense of everything that Italy has to offer.
The Route: Venice → Milan → Lake Como → Milan → Florence → Manarola → Monterosso → Manarola → Pisa → Rome → Naples → Pompeii → Naples
(However, this didn’t go exactly to plan, but I’ll explain why later on in this series of blog posts.)
I’ll be writing a post for each place that I visited and including some helpful tips and advice. Here’s a little about the planning of the trip to get started…
Deciding the route was incredibly important as we wanted to ensure that we had the maximum amount of time in each place but at the same time, we wanted to not travel back on ourselves and waste valuable time doing so. We made the decision to start in Venice and make our way down the country.
We only altered the original route once and this was to enable us to visit Florence, as when we went to book our accommodation to stay in Florence there was none available for a reasonable price for the dates that we required. We, therefore, swapped the dates we were meant to be in Florence for our dates for Manarola, Cinque Terre. Although this did mean that we had to do some backtracking when we left Manarola to travel to Pisa and onto Rome. But this meant that we were able to visit Florence so it was definitely worth it.
We bought the One Country Pass for Italy from the Interrail website which gave us six days of travel within a month. This also made us have to think about our journeys to and from each city to ensure that we were only travelling on six days. The pass was brilliant and exactly what we needed for the trip. We did need to buy reservations for about half the trains that we travelled on which cost about €10 each, which did add up a little bit on top of the original cost of the ticket but there isn’t much that you can do to get around this. Like with an Interrail ticket, make sure that you fill in the journey’s details before you depart in order to make your pass valid. Also, if you have a reservation ticket it is important that you validate this using the machines on the platform before boarding the train. Otherwise, you might find yourself getting a fine for not doing so.
As for accommodation, we predominantly used Airbnb as we wanted to stay in apartments throughout the trip rather than hotels and hostels. Some of the places that we stayed were obviously more expensive than others and this should definitely be considered when booking and organising a trip like this. Venice was our most expensive accommodation and was over £100 pounds more than our accommodation for Naples. As a whole Italy is not particularly a cheap place to visit, but if you’re clever about your transportation and accommodation then you can certainly save some money. One way to think about your accommodation, in particular, is that as long as it has the basics (bed and bathroom) then you don’t need to spend lots of money of a swanky hotel suite.
First stop: Venice (4/6/18 – 7/6/18)