Am arriving into Rome at lunchtime and need to get to Florence. Some sites say you need to prebook the train, others say you don't. Please advise the easiest way.
Will be there this week!
Also, what top tips for Florence please? Anyone in Florence want to meet for a coffee this weekend?
When travelling by train in Italy, we've always found it useful to book in advance if you can as you'll get allocated seats. If you just rock up and buy a ticket when you want to go you might be standing the whole way.
- make sure you climb to the top of brunellesci's dome - that's the cathedral dome. An extraordinary feat of engineering as it was built without support from below.
- the Uffizzi Art gallery is a must if you are into Renaissance art and can stand the queue.
- and for some light relief, there is an extraordinary gelatteria about two streets back from the square with the Uffizzi in (see my other answers on ice cream) about 3 years ago
Well I was able to get my ticket from an automatic machine as I was leaving the airport/entering into the train station - very easy and in many languages. For the return, I finally was able to book my ticket on the Trenitalia website and this was easy but you do need to know the Italian names of cities.
Florence was an amazing city and I had a great time. about 3 years ago