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Written by Larry Aiello   
Saturday, 01 September 2012 14:03

Extra Benefits of a Eurorail pass for Italian travel

Traveling by train through Italy is one of the best ways to see the country.  The country is well served by the national system called Ferrovie dello Stato (FS).  And if you are going to do any amount of substantial travel, buying a (Eurorail) Eurail pass can save you money compared to renting a car or buying individual train passes.  However, there are some benefits that many people are not even aware of that a Eurail pass can offer.

Here are four other benefits that are available to train pass holders in Italy:

italian-train-rome-to-veniceThe first benefit is that a person is going to be able to get a discount on their boat crossings. A person can get at least a 20 percent discount on their official fares. Grimaldi Lines is a ferry service that operates between many different European countries such as Italy, Greece, Spain and Malta. Hellenic Mediterranean Lines also offers discounts up to 50%.  Port taxes, fixed dues and special fares will not be included in these discounts.

There are times when a person might also be able to get a free boat crossing in Italy. These can typically be found during the low season and in some of the smaller port towns.

Eurail pass benefits for Rome

The second benefit pertains to visiting the eternal city of Rome.  A Eurail Italy Pass will save you €6 discount on adult entry prices to the Vatican Museums.  This is where you can see Michelangelo's famous Sistine Chapel.

Discount to the Catacombs of Domitilla

These are underground burial places that came about in the 2nd century.  These are some of the best-preserved catacombs in the country.  You can save €3 off the admission price.

The third benefit is that a person is going to be able to receive a special entrance (€2 off) fee for any of the Venice Civil Museums.  These include the Palazzo Ducale (Doge's Palace), MuseoCorrer (Correr Museum) and others. The fee is going to be a lot cheaper than if the person just decided to buy a ticket at the museums or on the Internet. Since there are several museums in this complex, a person is definitely going to want to use this option when they are traveling to Venice. In addition a person is not going to have to worry about standing in a long line to get tickets for the museums.  This will help you see more of the museum while you are there.

The fourth benefit is that a person is going to get a huge discount on a variety of different Italian hotels. A person may be able to save up to 30 percent on a hotel in the high season and 50 percent during the low season of tourism in Italy. This is probably one of the best benefits that a person is going to receive from their Eurail pass.

These are the top four benefits that a person is going to be able to get if they use a Eurail pass when they are traveling through Italy.  These benefits are subject to change and often times new discounts are available.  It's best to check on the Rail Europe site for an updated listing.



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