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Travel around Italy and tuscany by train

Travel by train for major cities: the train will get you to major cities quickly, especially if you’re riding on the Pendolino, Italy’s fastest train. Tuscany’s main train station in Florence, the Santa Maria Novella, is also conveniently located within walking distance to the center of town.

The trains in Italy and Tuscany

Travelling to and within Italy by train is not a bad option. Train travel is a great way to enter Italy from within Europe. In Italy coaches and buses lines are numerous and frequent, but can't really compete with the convenience of the train: a rail ticket over a long or short distance will normally be cheaper than a coach fare, and the journey will be quicker.

Ferries connect the country with Greece, Turkey, Tunisia, Malta, Albania, Egypt and Spain. And air travel within Italy is not cheap. The railway system, on the other hand, is good and inexpensive. It's owned by the state, and called Ferrovie dello stato (abbreviated FS) (see official website).

The rail service in Italy is good, the trains are generally on time, clean and the tickets are not expensive, you can not always use Credit Card for payment.

13 major Italian railway stations (click to enlare this map)

From wherever you are making your journey within Italy the Italian State Railways have an excellent web site that allows you to search timetable (versions in English and German)

The trains that are commonly found are: the Eurostar(ES) which travels between Italy and the rest of Europe, and Eurocity(EC) and Intercity(IC) which are more Italian-based and are cheaper than ES trains.

When traveling to large cities such as Rome for two or three nights we recomend you use the train, First class is not that much more and is extremly comfortable.


Reserving a seat is advisable when travelling long distances over the holiday season, since trains are constantly full around holiday seasons. Santa Maria Novella Station's booking office offers a free seat reservation facility and there are other facilities around the station which include: 24-hour pharmacy, Hotel Booking Office, stalls selling international magazines, and a bank or exchange facilities.

There are two types of train tickets. First class seats often recline, there are fewer seats per car, and there is more space for luggage. On some Premier Trains, the price of a first class ticket includes a meal. Second class accommodation are less expensive, but not as spacious, as there are more seats per car.

A ticket allows you to board the train, but does not guarantee you a seat. You must make a seat reservation to have a guaranteed seat on the train.

For certain trains, such as fast trains or
Inter City, there's a supplement to be added to the ticket price.
In Italy, you have to purchase your train ticket before getting on the train. It's not acceptable to buy it on the train, and if you're found without ticket you'll be fined. There are often long queues at the ticket office of the railway stations.

The train prices vary according to type of class, destination and type of train. The prices are relatively more expensive than driving across. A three hour trip can cost about 30 euro.
However, Italian Railways offer special discount prices for kilometre tickets. For example, you can buy a 3000 km ticket at a discount of approx. 20% and you can accumulate the kilometres each time you travel until you reach the maximum kilometres. You also find special cards for very young children, old-aged people(over 65) and groups on sale. Ask for special cards and tickets at the station's Information point.
An important Tip:Train tickets have to be timestamped for validity before entering the train. The timestamp machines are located in the train station next to the train tracks/bins.
The travellers outside of Europe might not be used to the standard of locating trains numbers, destinations and times. The train name, number, time and the track/bin number are written on the train announcement boards. The platform number should be written in white to show that it is valid for the period of your travel.
Train timetables change at the beginning of autumn and the end of winter (September and March) so make sure you are using the right train timetable.

Validate your train ticket before boarding !.
Booking is an obligation but the Station Information Service does give refunds to those who missed their trips for specific reasons. An Italian dictionary or phrase book might be of good use when asking for information. An alternative is booking at the travel agent, most of them sell train tickets for all destinations. Expect to pay more for a ticket bought through an travel agency.
You must validate the ticket by stamping it in one of the gold-colored machines, located at the front of the platforms.
Ticket dispensing machines can luckily be found on the platforms of train departures sometimes, but not always.
For this reason it's more practical and often cheaper to buy train tickets or make your seat reservations before, so you can avoid fully booked trains. The simplest way to do so is online, through the Internet.

Travel tips

luggage lockers in the train stations ?
tickets and all the support you needs?


"Ferrovie dello Stato" train company in Italy phone 147/888088

and ask about the last services in all the train stations.


Italian State Railway
Official site of the State Railway (Ferrovie dello Stato). Time-tables, railway network maps, stations. Tariffs and special offers. The Italian railway service offers an on-line buying service for Eurostar and Intercity tickets. The will be delivered to your home anywhere in Italy by an express Payment is by credit card, protected by the most advance security systems.
Via G. Giolitti, 34 00185 Roma
Telephone: +39 06 478 411
Fax: +39 06 48 23 915
e-mail: info@grandistazioni.it
company within the Ferrovie dello Stato Group entrusted with refurbishing and managing the network of the 13 major Italian railway stations: a high-potential commercial network, used every year by over 600 million people (passengers and visitors alike) with a turnover exceeding 350 million €. Stations are currently undervalued areas, neglecting travellers’ needs with an inadequate quality of services.
http://www.firenzesantamarianovella.it Santa Maria Novella train station
In this section you find a useful tool to move around the station: with a simple click you can browse the maps of all station areas as well as finding out the exact location of services.
open http://www.railchoice.co.uk Wordchoice international rail
One of the UK's leading Railpass provider and ticket issuing agents.
This site enables you to purchase the passes and tickets you need to travel around Europe at your leisure, or on business. Whether you want a pass or just a point-to-point ticket, RailChoice is here to help. There really is a pass or ticket to suit every pocket!
Trains in Italy
Gives information about trains in Italy; different
train types, information about reservations fees per train,
maps and more.

Eurail – Italy Rail Pass
This page offers the "Eurail - Italy Rail Pass" for train travel
in Italy. It's the most popular Eurail pass and dedicated to
train travel in Italy.


Trasportation in tuscany railway

Italian State Railway Time-tables railway network maps stations Tariffs and special offers


Trasportation in Florence

train station Florence
Santa Maria novella church


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