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Travelling around Italy by train

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Travelling around Italy by train

Hello, we are planning on flying to Rome in August and spending a few days there before getting the train to San Gimigiano for a week, then getting the train to Florence for a few days before flying home from Rome. We will be travelling with our three children (aged 13, 11 & 9). Please does anyone have any advice about trains or the best transport to use? We were trying to keep the cost down by not hiring a car.

Thank you

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Turin
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1. Re: Travelling around Italy by train

Get tickets from Rome to Florence and back as soon as possible, to be sure to grab one of the discounted tickets for advance purchases.

Don't forget to compare trenitalia prices with italotreno's. Italo is a private competing company that runs its high speed trains on major routes. Their trains do not run faster, but their discounted tickets are often cheaper.

Note that in August some trains can actually sell out, especially around the 15th.

Edited: 14 May 2018, 06:56
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2. Re: Travelling around Italy by train

"flying to Rome in August and spending a few days there before getting the train to San Gimigiano"

San Gimignano has no station, coming from Rome (2h54 with a change in Florence), you will need to get off at Poggibonsi and take a bus or taxi from there (14 km).

Ditto when returning to Florence - taxi/bus to Poggibonsi and then train to Florence (about 1 hr direct, 1h27 if you have to change at Empoli)..

Halifax, United...
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3. Re: Travelling around Italy by train

Thank you, that is really helpful

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4. Re: Travelling around Italy by train

I would not want to spend a week in San Gimignano without a car. The village itself can be seen in half a day, so what will you do the rest of the time?

Halifax, United...
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5. Re: Travelling around Italy by train

We have a villa with a pool so will be fine.

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