Italy has a great train system. Major cities and points outside Italy are connected by high-speed efficient trains. Most small towns and areas are connected by a local train. Local trains can be crowded and slow. They also make a lot of stops but they will get you to your destination. Traveling south from Naples to Sicily is an adventure worth the experience. The train travels south through Campagna along the beaches. You have a great view of the water most of the way. Remember that Sicily is an Island and you are on a train. How will you make the trek? The train actually drives onto a boat (long barge). The trip across to Sicily is only about half an hour. You can remain on the train or get off and take in the views. Once docked at Sicily, the train drives off the boat and continues its journey in Sicily.
You can go almost anywhere in Europe by train. If it takes an overnight trip, get a sleeper car. It is a comfortable and scenic way to travel in Europe. in the morning someone will be near your door with a cup of espresso.
George & Jo Anne