Badia Fiorentina Guesthouse

Via Dante Alighieri 12, Florence, 50122, Italy
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Looking for a Lil Help

by Alwayzalady

I have been living in Germany for the past 4 years and just recently I have gotten up the nerve to get up and travel. I have always wanted to go to Italy but have been too scared to do it. I have been looking online at different ways to get there but I thought that it was very interesting and exciting to take a train once I got into the city. I have never done this before so I dont know what to look for or even where to start looking. Im trying to fly into Rome and then take a train to Pisa and maybe even Vicenza. What is the best way to go about doing this using the train? Are there any lil secrets that you are willing to give out to help make this trip a very enjoyable one? My husband is military so this is like a once in a lifetime opportunity for us. Thanks for all of your help!

Re: Looking for a Lil Help

by craic

the trains in italy really are quite easy to use

you can use trenitalia website and check out prices and travel times and you can book on line and pick up the tickets when you get there - put the reference number into the machine and it spits out your ticket - or you can buy tickets when you get there at the station - using the machines if you like which are really very good. they have an english version

3 sorts of trains - Regionale, slow ones which stop at all the little places - Intercity which only stop at the big places - and eurostar whcih goes like ma bat out of hell

you can't reserve a seat on the regionale - it's like a bus - buy a ticket and get on if you can squeeze on - they are not usually crowded though

be sure to vailidate your ticket before you get on in one of the yellow stamping boxes on the platform

Re: Looking for a Lil Help

by cmcard2

I would think about flying or training into northern italy since you are coming from germany - venice or florence - you can train anywhere easily in italy - major cities are about 2 hours apart;

Rome is certainly a destination point - but it might be easier to start elsewhere and train into rome. i would consider looking at rick steve's italy - can get it on amazon used for a good price

read up on it -take advantage of the travel pages here that members supply, and continue to ask questions

Re: Looking for a Lil Help

by azz8206

Depends on where your flying out of in Germany. Easyjet flys from Berlin to both Rome, Venice and Milan. Easyjet also flys from Dortmund to Rome. Ryanair flys from Frankfurt to Bologna and Milan, Dusseldorff to Rome and Venice. You really have many options whilst flying out from Germany. If your near Munich I would recommend taking the train because the trip is not as long as leaving from Berlin or Dusseldorf.

Re: Looking for a Lil Help

by azz8206

Take the train from Munich or Frankfurt to Venice.

Re: Looking for a Lil Help

by christine.j

One more tip: Pack light! A small suitcase is so much easier to carry into and out of the train. Some of the older trains have very steep steps to get into and it can be very difficult to heave a large suitcase up there.

Have a great trip!

Re: Looking for a Lil Help

by vpas

Just a small tip.Dont miss venezia(venice)it is one of the best places.while there make use of the free promotional ferry rides to the island of morano where they sell exquisite glass items.even if you dont intend buying just go and experience the whole family really enjoyed it.
Hope you have a wonderful time,

Travel Tips for Florence

DUOMO (La Cattedrale di S....

by tanianska

DUOMO (La Cattedrale di S. Maria del Fiore)
Florence's Duomo, or cathedral, completed in 1327, is the fourth largest church in the world, and its domed roof is symbolic of the meeting of Renaissance craft and culture. Engineered by the architect and sculptor Filippo Brunelleschi (1377-1446), using specially invented machines, the cupola (dome) was one of the greatest achievements of the Italian Renaissance. Its octagonal form has a diameter of 46.5m (153ft) at the base, and was completed in 1436; it is possible to climb to the top of the dome for magnificent views over the city. The vast interior boasts sculptures by Renaissance masters such as Paolo Uccello, Andrea del Castagno, Giorgio Vasari and Federico Zuccari. The Duomo stands on the remains of an older cathedral, which can be seen in the archaeological area revealed beneath the floor. The bronze doors of the battistero (baptistry), the oldest building in Florence, were cast by Lorenzo Ghiberti in the early part of the 15th century and were described by Michelangelo as fit to be the gates to paradise. The nearby campanile (bell tower) is decorated inside with frescoes by Giotto and Donatello, amongst others.
Opening Times:
Battistero: Mon-Sat 12:00-19:00, Sun 08:30-14:00.
Campanile: Daily 09:00-19:30.
Cupola: Mon-Fri 08:30-19:00, Sat 08:30-17:40.
Duomo: Mon-Wed and Fri 10:00-17:00, Thurs 10:00-17:30, Sat 10:00-16:45, Sun 13:00-16:45.

Fortezza and Giardino da Basso

by Redang

Altough it's not possible to visit the Fortress, there is a beautiful garden (giardino) beside it in case you happen to be in that area (the hotel I have in the Hotel section is very close), and you want to relax after a busy day.

From Santa Maria Novella railway station, take Via Nazionale until you reach Piazza della Independenza, then, turn left and after a few meters, you will find the gardens.

Great Leather Coats

by TRimer about Firenze Leather Factory

Supposedly a storefront to a factory that sells to Saks Fifth Avenue in the States. Owned by Gianni di Valentino and run by Gianni and his cousins Thomas and Samuel. All are young and quite handsome and play on this fact with the ladies. Wonderful leather jackets that feel like butter in the latest fashion colors and styles. $200-$300 US. These jackets are not cheap.

Suburban Buses

by Redang

I bring this tip for the buses that link Florence with the Airport and with other cities such as Siena. In this particular case, it's better to go to that city by bus rather than by train.

The Bus station is opposite the train station and a few meters away from one of the Tourism Office in Florence.

For the bus to the Airport:

This is the station where the buses to Siena leave from. you've never tasted!

by miso80 about Il Vegetariano

The best vegetarian restaurant I've been to! After going for all those heavy meals, the delicious gelato..we had to eat lighter for a night! So, to the Il Vegetariano we went. This place was packed! We were 4 people, and so while one of us saved us a spot at one of the wooden tables, the rest headed to the back of the restaurant to get the food! This restaurant is completely self-service. Customers set up their own table (forks, knives, etc.), select their food by choosing from the daily selections which are penned on the wipe board, behind the cash register, pay before you eat...then head to another counter where you are handed your plates!!

The ambience is friendly, and you just feel like you're sitting at home with a bunch of good friends enjoying a delicious and healthy meal! Not to be missed! Although the menu changes the time we were there..we had the mouth-watering spicy Tunisian-style couscous with vegetables, a quichelike pizza rustica of ricotta, olives, tomatoes, and mushrooms; or a plate with farro (emmer) and a hot salad of spinach, onions, sprouts, and bean-curd chunks sautéed in soy sauce.

We didn't get to try the desserts..but if they are anything like the food...then YUMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMY!


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Address: Via Dante Alighieri 12, Florence, 50122, Italy