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Interrail Trip: Backpacking in Italy

A train route through Italy made by travellers like you!

Ready for an epic adventure through Italy? Travel addict Pablo and his friend went backpacking through Italy for 3 weeks. Check out the amazing film of their Interrail trip!

How was the Interrail experience?

"Every day we would wake up at 5 in the morning to search for the best light and enjoy the calm of each place. We laughed, slept on the street and in the pure nature, enjoyed a beer and gathered a lot of memories."

Enjoy the film

Itinerary in short

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Cities visited in this trip:

1. Manarola, Italy

Manarola and the 4 other fishing villages of Cinque Terre will captivate you with their stunning scenery and authenticity.

  • Enjoy the taste of Manarola from the freshest fish to the especially renowned local wine.

  • Delight in the Mediterranean sea while exploring each of the Five Lands.

  • Hike through the walking trail, Via dell'Amore, to Riomaggiore. Get lost among the hills and vineyards above the town.

The railway station of Manarola is 5 minutes walking from the village. Taking an 11 minute ride to La Spezia, you'll find a wide variety of train options.

Walk through the trails of Manarola, Cinque Terre

Manarola at night cinque terre northern italy

From Manarola to Pisa

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0h59m

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  • Manarola, Italy

    Manarola

  • 0h 11m
  • La Spezia, Italy

    La Spezia Centrale

  • 0h 48m

    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 Pisa to Florence

Travel time:

0h48m

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  • Pisa, Italy

    Pisa Centrale

  • 0h 48m
  • Florence, Italy

    Firenze S.M.N.

3. 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 Rome

From Florence, Italy to Rome

Travel time:

1h32m

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  • Florence, Italy

    Firenze S.M.N.

  • 1h 32m

    Reservation required

  • Rome

    Roma Termini

4. 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

From Rome to Venice

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3h30m

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  • Rome, Italy

    Roma Termini

  • 3h 30m

    Reservation required

  • Venice, Italy

    Stazione di Venezia Mestre

5. 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 Venice to Peschiera Del Garda

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1h26m

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  • Venice, Italy

    Venezia Santa Lucia

  • 1h 26m

    Reservation required

  • Peschiera Del Garda, Italy

    Peschiera Del Garda

6. Sirmione, Italy

Sirmione is a beautiful coastal village surrounded by the largest lake in Itay, Lake Garda. Enjoy the scenery from the middle of the lake.

  • Walk through the idyllic pathways into the peninsula, to find Scaliger Castle (Rocca Scaligera) in the historic centre.

  • Drift around the ancient Grotte di Catullo, an enchanting villa dating from the Roman Empire.

  • Take any of the boat tours in Sirmione or Peschiera Del Garda to discover hidden gems around the water.

Sirmione doesn't have a train station. Walk for 5 minutes from Peschiera Del Garda station to Peschiera Bivio Stazione F.S. to take bus LN026. You'll be in Sirmione in less than 20 minutes.

Discover Rocca Scaligera castle, in the middle of Lake Garda

Rocca Scaligera castle Sirmione, Lake Garda

From Peschiera Del Garda to Milan

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0h57m

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  • Peschiera Del Garda, Italy

    Peschiera Del Garda

  • 0h 57m
  • Milan, Italy

    Milano Centrale

7. 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

Recommended train pass for this route

Interrail Italy Pass


Travel 8 days within a period of 1 month

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Meet the traveller

Pablo by colourful houses

Pablo Menéndez, from Madrid, Spain, has a passion for travelling the world and filming his trips. You can follow his adventures on: