Planning My Italian Adventure: Train travel

Traveling to Italy is always a joy! My previous trips have included a week each in Florence, Naples and Rome. I have used trains to get around and find train travel and public transit easy to use –so far. I love planning my travel as much as traveling, so I spend a great deal of time and energy during over Google Maps to organize my days to mix up hectic days with calm garden filled days. I had to struggle with my destination while planning this trip. Torn between northern Italy — Turin, Milan, Verona, Padua and Venice — and the pull to return to Rome. Rome won. I am smitten with Rome: walkability, surprises around every corner, and gritty sophistication.

I am traveling to Assisi for three nights before heading to Rome for five nights.  I have planned some side trips from both bases.  Some apps that make planning simple are Rome2Rio which offers many travel solutions for any country and the Trenitalia. Many regions have their own train and bus systems, so it would be worthwhile checking into those as you plan your own trip to Italy.  

I have the UBER app and use it extensively in Mexico; however, I have read that UBER is spotty in Italy.  I have downloaded two possible solutions for quick trips when I don’t want to wait for a bus:  Freenow and Scooterino.  FreeNow is the replacement for MyTaxi and helps locate and call a taxi in your area.  Scooterino is a ridesharing app allowing you to hitch a ride on one of the ubiquitous vespas in Rome. You can even book a tour on a Vespa or in a Fiat.  I will post an update on this service after my trip!  I look forward to a ride on a Vespa!