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Mastering the art of Italian Train Travel

Scenes from an Italian Train Station In this interesting piece from LifeinItaly,com you will find a breakdown of the three types of rail service available in Italy, a sample dialogue of what you expect to encounter while traveling in Italy as well as some great advice on how to manage the whole experience.



Among some of the “need to know’ tips that are detailed involve:

  • When to reserve your seats
  • Buying a train ticket
  • Using Eurail Italy Pass
  • The necessity of validating your ticket

Of course, Sceptre Tours offers a number of Italy vacation packages with rail travel components and out experienced call center staff is more than happy to answer all your questions as you plan you Italian rail adventure!

Italian Rail Map

Basic map of Italian Railway

Mercatini dell’usato – The other side of shopping in Italy

Many travelers who plan a trip to Italy are looking forward to shopping for in such well-known locales as the Via Dei Condotti in Rome for the latest in Italian fashions or Murano in Venice for Hand-blown glassware.  But for those looking for unique bargains may want to seek out the mercatini dell’usato or second-hand markets.  These open street-markets can be found in most small towns and villages and can be rich with amazing bargains.

16th c Florentine Market

To read more about these unique shopping opportunities, click here to read more at LifeinItaly.com


A new perspective on site-seeing in Rome

Trevi-fountain-at-night-450x299Our friends over at GlobalGrasshopper.com have put together an interesting 2 day itinerary for getting around the Eternal City while seeing key spots.

Click Here to read post at Global Grasshopper

While we love their suggestions, Sceptre Tours can put you in much nicer hotels to use as a home-base.  And if you are interested in heading to Rome, here are two of our popular travel packages:

Rome & Tuscany 7 Night Experience

Or, if the preference is for a traditional guided tour, Sceptre’s Escorted Italy offers many great options


Travel by Rail

Rail travel in Italy offers exciting views

If you have clients who prefer independent travel to escorted tours, but are uneasy about navigating unfamiliar roads in a rental car, Sceptre’s Independent Travel By Rail vacations are the ideal solution.

Common in Italy and still fairly unique in Ireland, rail travel is a terrific way for vacationers to sit back, relax and enjoy the sites they might not see if traveling by car. For example, the rail between Dublin and Belfast (one of several vacations featured this winter) runs along the coast and provides spectacular views of the Mountains of Mourne.

Sceptre Rail Vacations in Italy begin in Rome and travelers have the option of pairing Rome with Florence, Venice or both. Sceptre’s Rail Vacations in Ireland begin in Dublin, and travelers have the option of pairing Dublin with Galway, Killarney, or Belfast. Indeed, customers may choose to pair all four cities by extending their vacation. Sceptre Tours rail packages have been developed to ensure your customers will enjoy easy access to the sights and cities of Ireland and Italy, with Yellow Jacket assistance in Dublin rail stations, and transfers to conveniently located hotels.

To learn more about Sceptre’s Independent Rail Vacations, click here.