Tramways and More in Italy

May 10–25, 2012

The ERA is proud to announce its 11th international tour.

Tramways and More in Italy will cover a large part of Northern and Southern Italy and will combine a survey of many historic and modern tram and interurban operations with time for general sightseeing in some of the worlds’ most beautiful and historic places. Tram, interurban, light rail and metro systems will be explored on our tour.

During 15 days of travel we will cover many cities. The tour will begin in Torino (Turin) on Thursday, May 10 with a welcome dinner. The last excursion will be a tram or interurban tour in Rome on Thursday, May 24.

We plan on chartering historic equipment (where available) or utilizing service trams and trains in Torino (5/11, 5/12), Milano (5/13, 5/15), Lake Como (5/14), Bolzano (5/16), Trento (5/17), Trieste (5/19), Firenze (5/21), Rome (5/22, 5/24) and Naples (5/23). Extra time for sightseeing will be provided in Venice on May 18 and May 20 and Florence on May 21, and a Pompeii excursion will be available for those who might want an alternative to the Naples tram tour on May 23. Additional days are available before and after the tour and additional time is particularly recommended in Rome for the many historic sightseeing opportunities that are available in the eternal city.

Our tour covers large portions of Northern and Southern Italy. We will be staying in hotels in Torino, Milano, Bolzano, Venezia Mestre, Firenze and Rome. Hotels were carefully chosen to provide a blend of comfort and convenience, with locations for the most part being walking distance from intercity rail stations. We will see a lot of Italy during our daytime travels in first-class intercity rail accommodations.

Ticket Information

Air transportation is by individual choice. First arrival is in Torino. Torino can be accessed by frequent rail service from Milano or by connecting flights from many European gateways. Departure will be from Rome. Air arrangements, especially if you are using frequent flyer miles, are best made as soon as possible.

Land arrangements will cost $3395 per person with double occupancy ($1050 single supplement), and will include:

  • Twin-bedded rooms at 3 or 4-star hotels that tentatively are as follows: Mercure Crystal Palace in Torino, Grand Visconti Palace in Milano, Park Hotel Laurin in Bolzono, Delfino Hotel in Venezia Mestre, Hotel Ambasciatori in Firenze, and Hotel Palatino in Roma.
  • Group travel via first class passage on Italian Railways;
  • Breakfast on each day of travel, lunch in Lake Como, and a total of three dinners;
  • All excursions aboard chartered or regular service vehicles and a boat excursion on Lake Como.

If you choose to arrive before the trip in Torino, from May 5–6 onward you may stay at the Mercure Crystal Palace for an additional $102 per day (per person double occupancy or $159 single occupancy). If you stay in Roma after the trip on May 25–26 to May 29–30 you may stay at the Hotel Palatino for an additional $148 per day (per person double occupancy or $228 single occupancy). Please note this on the order form (PDF below) when sending in your reservation.

$500 deposit must be received by February 2, 2012, and full payment must be received by March 1, 2012.

Make checks or money orders payable to: Electric Railroaders’ Association, Inc. For questions call 917-714-7087 or use our Contact Us page.