If taking things slow is on your list of 2018 resolutions, you should ditch them immediately and head to Italy. A new high-speed train can take you from Milan to the foodie haven of Perugia in Umbria in just three hours, with stops in many major Italian drinking cities.
Starting in February 2018, Italy’s national rail service, Trenitalia, will take people from Milan to Perugia for around $80. The train trip used to run local and would take at least seven hours if you were lucky, not to mention it included a bus transfer through Rome or Florence. The new trip will run twice a day (once in the morning, once in the afternoon), according to Condé Nast Traveler, and will be available seven days a week.
The ride conveniently hits the must-stop Italian drinking and eating hotspots. Start in Milan, where you can visit one of the smallest (and craftiest) bars in the world, as well as see the Fernet-Branca Museum. Assuming you want to make the most of this new train service, take a detour at every stop. Get out at Bologna and visit the town that’s home to Amaro Montenegro, then stop by Turin and sip aperitivos at what is arguably the world’s most famous vermouth city. Take one last detour in Florence to sip Negronis where (by most accounts) the classic was invented. Finally, top it all off in Perugia, which is famous for its farm-to-table restaurants and dining scene.