always validate your train - ticket !
Traintickets all over Italy need to be validated before you get into the train, otherwise - in a control - you will be regarded as somebody who tried to cheat and who might try to use that same ticket again on another train-ride.
There are small machines next to the ticket-vending machines and there you need to validate your ticket - see a modern one of these validation-printers in my photo ! and there are some elder types as well in some places. Your ticket will be stamped like you can see it in my 2nd picture !
When you travel with an international trainticket like Vienna to Rome, there is NO need to validate the ticket, as this will be done on the train already before you enter Italy ! Validating only applies to all tickets that might be used again otherwise !
- Family Travel
No luggage storage at Civitavecchia train station
Please note: there is no luggage storage facility at Civitavecchia train station.
In October 2012, we arrived back in Civitavecchia after a week long cruise. We had already spent a weekend in Rome prior to the cruise, so we hoped to explore somewhere else nearby on the free day that we had prior to our evening flight home.
We were hoping to leave our suitcases at Civitavecchia station and catch a train north to the nearby towns of Tarquinia and Montalto di Castro.
However, due to the lack of luggage storage facilities at Civitavecchia station, we were unable to undertake such a trip. It wasn't feasible to spend a day exploring with all our luggage in tow.
Instead, we had to make our way back into Rome where we were able to store our luggage at Termini station for the afternoon while we explored more of the Italian capital.
We had actually bought our ticket and were on the Train travelling to Rome, when we first heard whisper of the Trains going on strike from mid-day that day.
When the conductor came around, we asked her, and she told us from mid-day, there wouldn't be any Trains running.
Panic, and the tourist information had omitted telling us this very important piece of information, which they should have known.
This threw a spanner into everybodies plans! Instead of having until 7pm in Rome, we only had to noon, so not much chance of seeing anything.
We were also told, Italians call strikes quite often, and even when the Train is running!