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Train from Rome - Florence, recommended to book tickets now?

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Train from Rome - Florence, recommended to book tickets now?

Hello,

We will be taking the train from Rome to Florence in mid October with our 15 month old. Is it recommended to book the train tickets now or purchase them upon arrival at Termini the day of? Which class of the train is it recommended to book? First/second? Is there a particular train that is faster than another?

When boarding the train, how do you know which cars are first/second?

TIA!

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1. Re: Train from Rome - Florence, recommended to book tickets now?

For the best prices, book direct with the train operator as far ahead as possible. Tickets go on sale 4 months before travel, and the cheapest tickets may already have sold out for October. Discounted ticket prices keep going up as the travel date gets closer.

You can get train times and costs from www.trenitalia.com clicking on the UK flag to change to English and using the Italian names for towns, or from the competitor on major routes http://www.italotreno.it/EN . There are notes about online booking at www.nickbooth.id.au/Tips/ItalyTrain.htm

There is little difference between first and second, and no need to waste money on first.

You will be allocated a specified seat in a specified car.

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2. Re: Train from Rome - Florence, recommended to book tickets now?

Thanks very much! Does it matter....Italo or Trenitalia?

If doing a day trip to Orvieto should we also book that? Would prices be significantly more buying to Orvieto the day of? As we are travelling with a baby, I'd hate to book tickets then not make it to Orvieto due to the unpredictability of babies.

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When on Trenitalia's site and entering Florence or the stations name in Florence (Santa Maria novella) it does not find the arrival station. What am I doing wrong?

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4. Re: Train from Rome - Florence, recommended to book tickets now?

I don't know what you are doing wrong - I'm not quite understanding your question. Are you using station names Roma Termini and Firenze S M Novella?

Tickets to Orvieto are very inexpensive - I'd get them while there on the day.

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5. Re: Train from Rome - Florence, recommended to book tickets now?

use italian names

firenze (i think they abbreviate SMN - santa maria novella)

venezia

roma

napoli, etc.

use trenitalia to book. Book the Frecce which is the high speed train (not sure if it's Frecciarossa or Frecciaargento or Frecciabianco?) set up a user account. if you can be sure of your dates you can get economy or super economy tickets now (difficult or impossible to change them the bigger the discount) and save alot. 2nd class is nice and fine on these Frecce. If you can get a deal grab some first class or premium 2nd class.

set up your account on english language side - but later log in on regular italian language side -seemed to get to train journey planner easier.

www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/index.jsp…

good luck.

day trips/regional trains are probably best bought right before the trip.

Edited: 07 August 2013, 01:57
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6. Re: Train from Rome - Florence, recommended to book tickets now?

There will be 4 adults travelling, which train/category do we book to get 2 seats facing 2 seats? What about a private area with 4 seats?

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7. Re: Train from Rome - Florence, recommended to book tickets now?

There are no private areas on the daytime trains, and many trains do not have a layout with facing seats.

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8. Re: Train from Rome - Florence, recommended to book tickets now?

there are blocks of four seats - two facing two across a little table on the Frecce (high speed national city-city trains) - all classes I believe.

yes - the "man in seat 61" web sites on train classes confirms it - see 4 around a table here....

www.seat61.com/frecciarossa.htm#.UgNFxKzmZyI

and images here -

https://www.google.com/search?q=frecciarossa+2nd+class&client=firefox-a&hs=tJ1&rls=org.mozilla:en-US:official&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ei=DEYDUo1-wdrIAZXJgMgP&ved=0CC0QsAQ&biw=1680&bih=858

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9. Re: Train from Rome - Florence, recommended to book tickets now?

Not all trains have seats facing each other and those that do often only have one set per carriage. If you book early enough you will probably be assigned these seats but don't count on it. Seats next to each other are fine.

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10. Re: Train from Rome - Florence, recommended to book tickets now?

DC_Virginia_Traveller: Not all the Frecciarossa trains are of the latest design, and about half the Rome-Florence trains are Frecciargento. There is no single standard design of high speed trains in Italy.