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    arrival of the Freccia Rossa, the Red Arrow

    by halikowski Written Nov 14, 2008

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    ETR 500

    Due to start service on December 14, 2008, this new high technology train service will link Rome and Milan in 3 hours (initially 3hours 30). The Florence-Bologna section will be cut down to 37 minutes, and Bologna-Milan 65 minutes!!
    So, it's an exciting time for anybody who thinks Ialy is just old-fashioned and stuck in the past. Trenitalia have released a video you can see here:
    http://www.ferroviedellostato.it/cms/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=bd2ef4b23c24c110VgnVCM1000003f16f90aRCRD

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    Arriving to Florence

    by lina112 Written Sep 15, 2008

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    in the train

    The best way to arrive in Florence is by train at Santa Maria Novella, the main train station in Florence. We took the Eurostar from Venecia Santa Lucia and took 2 hours and 30 minutes, we seated in second class and all was right. Summer time is busy time to travel by train in Italy and it´s better buying tickets in adavance, we tryed by internet but we had to logged in trenitalia and wasn´t sure so we did it 2 days before the trip and we didn´t have any problem.

    La mejor manera de llegar a Florencia es en tren a la estación de Santa Maria Novella. Nosotras cogimos el Eurostar desde Venecia Santa Lucia que tarda unas 2 horas y media en llegar, fuimos en sengunda clase y todo fue muy bién. En verano es mejor comprar los billetes con tiempo, lo intentamos por internet pero nos teniamos que dar de alta en trenitalia y era algo lioso, así que los compramos un par de días antes del viaje y no tuvimos ningún problema.

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  • Coming by ship and catching the train to Florence

    by maryandken Written Jun 24, 2008

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    We arrived at the port in Livorno and got a taxi right at the ship for 20 Euro's to take us to the train station. Some taxi's can hold 6 people, so it's good to share if there are others wanting to go as well. Once at the train station, it's easy to buy a RT ticket to Florence, and the train is nice, safe and comfortable. The station in Florence is the end of the line and well placed in the city - you come right out and walk a few blocks for historical sites or shopping. We just checked our times for when we needed to be back, and came back to the station to catch a return. Once back in Livorno , taxi's were waiting - so we just grabbed one back to the ship. It is too far to walk to the train station from where the ship is docked, so don't think you can do that.

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    Trains go everywhere you want to go

    by Herkbert Written Jun 8, 2008

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    We continued on from Florence to Siena using the train. It is such a convenient way to travel and it's inexpensive too. I enjoyed being able to relax and watch the scenery go by, not to mention having enough room to stretch my legs.

    It's commonplace for Europeans, but for Americans going to Italy take the train. It really is easy and enjoyable. You don't need to buy a Eurail pass either, we just bought our tickets as we needed them. You can buy your tickets at the window or just use the self-service machines. The machines are easy to use, have instructions in English and you can use cash or credit cards.

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    Santa Maria Novella Train Station

    by Karahan Updated Aug 25, 2007

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    Trains are the most useful transportation for other cities. If you wanna go to Pisa or even to international lines, Santa Maria Novella is your station.

    You can buy your tickets from offices or the machines at stations. Region tickets are valid for Toscana region. To Montecatini or Pisa it's the best to buy regional ticket.

    Information office at the left side just after the entrance. There are staff who can talk multi-languages. And they're very helpful. You can get destinations, timetable or whatever for free.

    If you want to come back to Florence again, better to buy one more ticket to not wait in a queue. Also check the timetable from Trenitalia's website.

    Trains are comfortable but many of them not clean at all (depends on your train). Need to get some fresh air, open some of windows when you get in.

    There are taxi and bus stations next to SM Novella.

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    Train to Florence from Rome

    by longsanborn Written Apr 22, 2007

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    You can take the daily train from Rome to Florence. Florence is Tuscany's rail hub, with connections to all the region's major cities. To get to Florence from Rome, you can take the Pendolino (4x daily, 1+3/4 hr.; make sure it's going to Santa Maria Novella station! Must reserve tickets ahead), an EC or IC train (24 daily, just under 2 hr.), or an interregionale (seven daily, around 3 hr.).

    Most trains roll into the Stazione Santa Maria Novella, which you'll often see abbreviated as S.M.N. The station is on the NW edge of the city's historic center, 10-minute from the Duomo and 15-minute from Piazza della Signoria and the Uffizi.

    The ticketing room (Salone Biglietti) is located through the central doors at the train station; at sportelli (windows) from 9.00 to 18.00 hours, you can buy ordinary unreserved train tickets. The automatic ticket machines have taken some pressure off the ticket windows, but still attract long lines (when they aren't out of order). Around the corner from the ticket windows is a smaller room where you can buy international tickets (window 7), make reservations for high-speed and overnight trains (windows 1-4), or pay for a spot on the Pendolino/ETR express to Milan, Bologna, or Rome (window 5).

    Exit out to the left coming off the tracks and you'll find many bus lines as well as stairs down to the underground pedestrian underpass which leads directly to Piazza dell'Unità Italiana and saves you from the traffic of the station's piazza.

    Note that some trains stop at the outlying Stazione Campo di Marte or Stazione Rifredi, both of which are worth avoiding. Although there's 24-hour bus service between these satellite stations and S.M.N., departures aren't always frequent and taxi service is erratic and expensive.

    Remember: If you're leaving Florence on the train, stamp your ticket in the yellow box at the start of the track before getting on the train.

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    Train travel in Italy is easy, fast and convenient

    by GuitarStan Written Oct 24, 2006

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    Took train from Rome Termini stazione to Florence S.Maria Novella station. When you purchase tickets either through a teller or a machine be sure what station you want to go to. Most cities have more than 1 station, you may get off at the wrong one! We bought most of our tickets using the ticket machine, they have several language options so their is no language barrier to overcome. The tellers do speak quite good english though, if you have several stations to go through or a specific need for a train, the tellers may be a better choice. Not all the machines accept cash/euro. Look for the right one, some only take credit cards and I have heard the CC companies add extra service charges. We never used a credit card in Italy! The ATM's worked perfectly Visa/AMex/MCard
    I considered getting a 4 trip Trenitalia pass but, they require reservations for a certain time. We saved quite a bit of money by just purchasing tickets at the station a day before our travel. You will have no problem...even I figured it out!

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    See Italy

    by Lhenne1 Written Sep 12, 2006

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    Take the train from Florence to any major city in Italy. Train tickets are not overly expensive for second class and the newer trains are all air-conditioned so second class was fine for us.

    It’s also a nice treat to see the countryside as you’re traveling to the large cities.

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    Trains to go everywhere

    by gial1 Written Sep 3, 2006

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    You can go from Florence to almost everywhere in tuscany and Italy with train. Florence main station is SANTA MARIA NOVELLA. Another two important stations are CAMPO DI MARTE and STATUTO. Everytime you get on the train don't forget to validate your ticket in the yellow validation machines on the tracks. If you forget you could get a fine. If the machines don't work, just write on your ticket witha pen the date and hour of your departure.

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    Take the train!

    by nikki-the Written Aug 30, 2006

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    Do take the train in Italy! It was convenient, cheap, comfortable and went everywhere. Be careful, however, to stamp your ticket BEFORE you get on the train...you can do this up to six hours prior to boarding. The ticket punch boxes are yellow boxes located on the train platforms and are very easy to miss! The first time we took the train we didn't punch our tickets and were fined 5 Euros each for the offence (Regional trains charge 5 Euros but we learned that the National trains charge 20).

    Punching the ticket (thereby cancelling it) is required as tickets can be purchased a month or two in advance.

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    Train Trip From Firenze to Rome!

    by freddie18 Written May 13, 2006

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    Would you believe that we were in a queu for approximately 2 hours just to buy a train ticket for a trip from Firenze to Rome. We arrived at the Santa Maria de Nouvella Centrale Train Station a little after 9:00PM (after a whole day sightseeing) because we thought that it would be easier to purchase the train ticket an hour or so before they close the counter/s. We were very wrong! There were around 10 customers in the queu in front of us and a couple of customers have to be in the counter for barely 20 minutes. Unbelievable!!!!
    Then, we had our turn. Gave specific ticket order and alas.....DONE in less than 5 minutes.
    For 2 hours lining up, I did not see any incident that any of the counter people smile to their customers. They did not show that they like their job or at least they enjoy the job they are doing. Customer Service in question.....And mind you, our departure time was delayed for 30 minutes. Very inconvenient!

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    Trains

    by Marpessa Updated Nov 2, 2005

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    Italian Trains

    While in Italy I travelled from city to city on the trains - Trenitalia. I used both the Inter City trains and the Eurostar. The Eurostar trains get between destinations faster (as they have fewer stops) and in general are kept in better condition than the Inter City ones. The trains I went on had either restaurant cars or snack bars on board.

    To get to Florence (station Firenze S.M Novella) I came on a Eurostar train from Rome - very comfortable and only took an hour and a half.

    I had a railpass when I was in Italy, which was very handy. Although on some trips when I wanted to book a seat I had to pay a few euro extra - but it was either that or run the risk of standing up for a few hours. If you plan on doing a bit of train traveling while in Italy, I recommend getting a rail pass as this can save you money.

    The website below is very helpful, you can look up timetables of the trains, prices and even book your tickets online.

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  • Coming into Florence...

    by katincanada Written Apr 24, 2005

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    I think the train is the best way to get into Florence. It is fast, cheap, and safe.
    It is very inexpensive to get to Florence from Rome by train approx. 25-35 euros (depending on what train you take). There is a lot of room for your luggage on a rack above your seat. I took the biggest most possible suitcase, and i still didn't really have a problem with it. (The aisle ways on the train are very narrow, and there are pretty steep stairs to get on (especially with a suitcase). Also, it is very easy to access tickets to the trains, there are ticket booths all over the station.

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    Train travel in Italy

    by sue_stone Written Nov 22, 2004

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    another day...another train...

    I have now been to Italy several times and each time have travelled around this fabulous country by train.

    Once you get the hang of it, train travel in Italy is easy. It is also a great way to see the beautiful countryside on the way to your next destination.

    I have travelled a couple of times using a rail pass, but the last couple of visits have just purchased tickets for each individual trip as we went.

    That said, we often have purchased tickets a day or two in advance - particularly if the particular train requires a seat reservation, or if it is a busy time of year.

    Purchasing a little in advance also means that you don't miss the train you want to catch due to a huuuuuge queue for tickets...

    Last trip we used the automatic ticket machines at the stations and found them excellent.

    Also, I have travelled both first and second class, and didn't really find much difference - travel second class and you can use the extra money to buy more wine/food etc

    Just remember with all tickets that you need to validate them in the small yellow ticket machines before you board your train.

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    Around Italy in luxury ?

    by kenyneo Written Oct 23, 2004

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    Well have to praise the Italian for the ability to keep the train fare at a rather low rate compared to England or even France.

    If you are in Florence , you might want to drop by the Leaning tower at Pisa. Its just one hour train from here. Get your ticket at Santa maria Novella Station for to and fro for only Euro 10. Its an open ticket , so you can hope on any train that goes to Pisa or Firenze when you are coming back !

    NOTE - You have to punch/validate the ticket at a small yellow box at the platform. Some of them are not working or either you dont know how to punch properly. Do it like 5 to 10 minutes before you train arrives, if you ticket is found not validated by the conductor, you will be fined !!!

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