Thanks to its proximity to many of Italy’s top sites, Rome is the perfect base for exploring the country by high-speed train. From the Venice canals to the Amalfi Coast, here are popular destinations you can visit in one day on a train journey.
Florence — 1.5 hours from Rome by high-speed train
Driving from Rome to Florence takes over three hours, but by taking a high-speed train, you can use the time you save on the journey to climb atop the Duomo or stare at what is arguably the world's best sculpture—Michelangelo's David.
Pompeii — 1.5 hours from Rome
Take a high-speed train from Rome to Naples, then easily transfer over to the ruins. With a guided tour, you can travel back over 2,000 years to the day when the infamous Mt. Vesuvius buried all of Pompeii under ash. With extra time to spare, you can choose a tour that also journeys on to the town of Sorrento.
Amalfi Coast — 2 hours from Rome
Enjoy the comfortable ride from Rome to the coastal town of Salerno, where you can transfer to a minivan for a scenic drive along the Amalfi Coast. Stroll the beaches of Positano and enjoy free time to explore the seaside town independently from your guide. Admire the famous Amalfi Cathedral in the town's historic square, and return by train to central Rome after a day on the coast.
Venice — 3.5 hours from Rome
Believe it or not, you can do a day trip to Venice from Rome, despite the cities sitting 330 miles (530 km) apart. Catch an early train out of Rome to spend the day touring the floating city and walk through St. Mark's Square before catching a ride on a vaporetto waterbus to cruise the famous canals.
Cinque Terre — 4 hours from Rome
Not only is the drive from Rome to Cinque Terre nearly five hours one way, but it's hilly, windy, curvy, and can simply be too much for one day. A better way to experience the beauty of Italy's coastal villages is to hop on a high-speed train on a faster, more direct route. Spend the day hopping from village to village once you reach the craggy coastline, and admire the rows of pastel homes that run right up to the sea.