Albergo Giovanna

via faenza 69, Florence, 50123, Italy
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train info (from Florence Campo di Marte to Cortona)

by narg56

Hello! wonder if you could help.

I arrive to Florence at 7.20am on the 27th sept and i need to take a train to Cortona. Where can i look up train schedule and where i should get off? How long would it take me to get there?

Im afraid to miss the train and right stop once i get on the train! i dont speak a word of italian :(

thanks a lot in advance for your advice!
N

Re: train info (from Florence Campo di Marte to Cortona)

by HansDK

Trenitalia timetables:
http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=c79686605528a110VgnVCM1000003f16f90aRCRD

Re: train info (from Florence Campo di Marte to Cortona)

by narg56

thanks a lot! pretty straightforward

Re: train info (from Florence Campo di Marte to Cortona)

by dnwitte

Hi, I didn't explore the Trenitalia link, but just in case it isn't clear, you get off the train at Camucia, the small industrial town at the base of the mountain. Cortona is at the top. From Camucia you take a bus up to Cortona. The last time I was there (some years ago) you bought bus tickets at the bar near the train station---perhaps they've modernized the system since then.

Re: train info (from Florence Campo di Marte to Cortona)

by narg56

thank you. any advice is more than appreciated. im a bit confused between the stop Camucia and Terontola. So it should be Camucia right? Where is Terontola then?

Re: train info (from Florence Campo di Marte to Cortona)

by dnwitte

Terontola is a nearby town. They may run buses to Cortona too. I don't know.

Re: train info (from Florence Campo di Marte to Cortona)

by narg56

no probs. thanks a lot for help

Re: train info (from Florence Campo di Marte to Cortona)

by mccalpin

Terontola is the next stop after Camucia...so if you get there, you went too far. ;-)

Note that in the Trenitalia website, you'll want to enter 'Firenze Campo di Marte' as the starting point and 'Camucia' as the ending point. If you enter only Florence or Firenze as the starting point, you'll get lots of solutions that leave from other stations in Florence, which will not apply to you if they don't stop in Campo di Marte.

When you enter 'Camucia' as the destination, you will see that the name is changed to Camucia-Cortona, which is good - it shows you have the right place.

As for not speaking Italian and knowing when to get off, it won't be a problem. First, most every train station has one or more large signs at eye level with the name of the stop, easily visible from the train - once you see it at the first stop, you'll see what I mean. I assume it will just say "Camucia" but it could say "Camucia-Cortona". You'll see...

Second, not only are the odds not bad that there will be fellow tourists on the train going to the same place, but younger Italians are tending more to speak English now (although still nothing like Northern Europeans). But if you make eye contact with your fellow passengers and say 'Camucia'?, they'll likely to understand that you want to get off at Camucia and point you in the right direction - I have found that Italians are pretty good about this.

Of course, if you look at the trenitalia website and select a solution, you can click on "details" then click on the train number (typically a 4-digit number) - this will give you the list of stops that the train will make, town by town, so you'll know that once you hit Castiglion Fiorentino that the next stop is Camucia...

Bill

Re: train info (from Florence Campo di Marte to Cortona)

by hiedecorazzini

if you arrive in the airport you can ask in the info desk or some police what is the no. of the bus for train station .if you want i will dend you the train schedule for cortona

Travel Tips for Florence

Ponte Vecchio from another point of view

by Azhut

This is a picture of Ponte Vecchio taken from Ponte Santa Trinita. From this point of view you can also choose to have a nice walk from a bridge to the next. Along the river the atmosphere is very special.

Booking Museum Tickets...

by Krystynn

Booking Museum Tickets Online!

If you're in a rush or if you're afraid of loooong queues outside Museums, try booking the tickets on line! One sure way to beat the crowd:

UFF ZI Gallery

ACCADEMIA Gallery

All Museums in Florence

Know the product

by carrallee25 about Ponte Vecchio

Although I've indicated jewelry, this tip actually pertains to any specific shopping in Italy or anywhere. KNOW the product well before you shop. That might take only a run by a high-end store to check prices of similar items; perhaps even some quick price checks via the web. On the other hand, when considering antiques and vintage jewelry, you must be very well educated on the subject. Whether diamonds or simply marcasite, it's still essential to know the material v. ordinary glass, and to be able to evaluate the settings (style, material and what was used in any particular period). Marcasite is very inexpensive at any time, so only validation of age can cause fluctuation of cost, and the piece should still be quite inexpensive.
The same familiarity would apply to leather, china, or any product requiring an 'investment.' I have priced expensive leather goods here jn the U.S. -such as Bottega -and found it cheaper in Italy before the rise of the Euro. Recently (this summer) it was almost the same, some items more costly. Same with Herand china and gold. The best things to buy in Florance - or anywhere in the world for that matter - are the things you cannot buy anywhere else, such as the amazing, but costly micro-mosaic tiles. They are truly remarkable and special. VERY expensive. A quality piece, about 6" X9" framed, would average over $16K.

Local bus is very effective

by croisbeauty

If arriving by car, the best is to leave it in a hotel garage and use the local bus which cost one euro only for a ride in one direction. Besides, since it has privileged routes for bus only, it is more quicker then the car and can take you everywhere inside the historic centre of the town.

Canteen-style for the students

by yelyah99 about Leonardo

Our food cost: 2.50 antipasto, 4.00 secondo, 1.60 contorno
This place does not have a restaurant atmosphere or decor but good food and young customers make up for it!
This is a self-service restaurant, much like Brek. The chicken dishes are always gorgeous!!Nice little side salads too.

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