Some of the Italy train stations are historical sites and works of art in themselves. If you are traveling Italy by train, you are bound to see at least a few in your travels. There is an Italy train station in almost every major city and town making Italian railroad travel easy, economical and fun. Refer to the Italy train map for an overall glimpse of the country's railway system.
If you were to count every Italy train station, you'd get a total of 2,604 to be exact - so it's almost impossible to talk about them all. Below, we will discuss a few main train stations around the country. If you'd like to look at them individually - Wikipedia has a complete list of Italian railways stations, region by region.
Milano Centrale station is the main station of Milan and the second biggest station in Italy for size and number of passengers. Over three hundred and sixty thousand people pass through its doors every day. There are over six hundred trains that depart from the stations twenty-four tracks. The original station design was based on Union Station in Washington. You will notice an art deco as well as a Liberty architectural style in this building. Both national and international destinations are available from this station. The station itself is located in the north central part of the city. The station boasts a collection of restaurants, shops, and a large ticket office.
Roma Termini is the central train station in Rome and a must see. It is located in the Piazza dei Cinquecento in the centre of the city. This station has flexible service to all major cities in Italy and has over one hundred and fifty million passengers a year. When the station was first built in 1867, it soon became apparent that it would not be big enough. Various renovations over the years help to blend the historical aspects with more modern up to date architecture making this station unique. The station has thirty-two platforms with shopping, restaurants and tourist information.
The Santa Maria Novella Station is the central station for train travel in and out of Florence. It is located in the western edge of the city in front of the Basilica of Santa Maria Novella from which its name is taken. Fifty-nine million passengers use this station every year making it one of the busiest in the country. Passengers coming into and out of the city may use the Florence Rifredi or Campo di Marte stations. If you end up at one of these stations, it is a quick ten-minute train ride into the main station of Santa Maria Novella.
Two stations service the splendid city of Venice. The first is Venezia Santa Lucia which is the central station just outside the city. The other is the Venezia Mestre railway station. Both offer service into Venice from other major cities in Italy.
Bologna Centrale railway station is another train station of note. It has over seven hundred trains passing through it and serves over fifty-eight million passengers every year. This station boasts a stunning neoclassical architectural style with a Renaissance flair. It is a three level station that offers high-speed trains.
Whichever Italy train station your travels take you to, take some time to soak in the history, architecture and splendid wonder of these unique buildings.