If you travel to Italy, consuming copious amounts of food and wine is an absolute certainty. There’s so much ground to cover though, from Chianti in Florence, to Barolo in Turin and finally fashion in Milan it can be difficult to fit everything into one trip. Fortunately, Trenitalia, Italy’s national rail service, have come to the rescue. Starting in February they will offer a high-speed train route from Perugia to Milan, Condé Nast Traveler reports. The new train will enable travelers to experience some of the best parts of Italy in a short amount of time.
The train departs Perugia at 5:30am and takes about three hours to reach Milan, arriving at 8:30am. The route features stops in Florence, Bologna, and Turin along the way, fitting even more delectable destinations into just one rail line. The return train to Perugia leaves Milan at a leisurely 6:45pm and arrives at 10:18pm, just in time for a late dinner and another bottle of vino.
Previously, the trip between Milan and Perugia took a minimum of four hours, and often involved a bus transfer in Rome or Florence, making the trip even longer and more tedious. The new high-speed train trims hours off an already lengthy trip and makes stops at some of Italy’s most popular destinations. Passengers can make a stop in Florence to enjoy a bottle of Chianti Classico before heading to the Uffizi museum to appreciate Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus,” or perhaps take a detour in Bologna and enjoy some Tagliatelle Bolognese.
The train will run seven days a week, and tickets will cost about $80. Molto Bene!