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Old 06-10-2008, 10:48 AM
 
Location: NYC, NY
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Hello everyone!

Im going to Italy is July for a mix of a vacation and some concert going, so Im going to be traveling to a few different cities and I would like to know some cheap ways to travel! From what I could see the public transit system is pretty good and Ive had good success with using public transit in foreign countries without too much trouble, so I was wondering what people thinking about someone that doesnt speak any Italian trying to get from city to city on it? or if thats even possible! I am pretty good with a translation dictionary though !
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Old 06-11-2008, 07:48 AM
 
Location: on an island
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Point to point travel is fine in Italy.
We've been all over the place by bus and train.
Just be sure to validate your train ticket at the yellowish-orange machine; there is a fine if you don't.
We once saw an Italian couple arguing with the conductor about it, they raised a ruckus but in the end they had to pay up.
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Old 06-11-2008, 08:39 AM
 
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Train travel is not a big deal in Italy. Usually pretty efficient. You probably need to do some internet searching to get more information then you can probably ever get here.

I traveled all over the southern boot my train and some bus. I don't speak Italian, it wasn't that big of an issue. You just have to remember the old rule - you deal with these older ticket takers, over 50 or so, none of them speak English. Just learn the Italian name for a city and you will do fine (Roma, Florenza, etc). The train schedules are easy enough to figure out. Just remember the type of train you are taking - some of the local trains stop at every stop and take forever to get anywhere.
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Old 06-11-2008, 11:18 AM
 
Location: Assisi, Italy
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You can use www.trenitalia.it to get schedules

I assume you are flying into FCO Fuimicino. For some reason flying out of Italy to the USA is about 30% cheaper than the other direction RT.

If you list some cities you are going to hit, I might be able to point you in a direction.
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Old 06-13-2008, 08:36 AM
 
Location: Kailua, Oahu, HI and San Diego, CA
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Hello everyone!

Im going to Italy is July for a mix of a vacation and some concert going, so Im going to be traveling to a few different cities and I would like to know some cheap ways to travel! From what I could see the public transit system is pretty good and Ive had good success with using public transit in foreign countries without too much trouble, so I was wondering what people thinking about someone that doesnt speak any Italian trying to get from city to city on it? or if thats even possible! I am pretty good with a translation dictionary though !
My wife and I spent three weeks in Italy last September, and travelled all over by train. We're in our mid-70's, don't speak Italian, and had no trouble at all. Lots of offers of help hauling suitcases up and down stairs between tracks (which, without that help, was the only real drag). The train schedules are posted in the stations, and require no knowlege of Italian to understand.

We used Rick Steves' travel book "Italy" throughout our trip, and found it very hepful.

Hank
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Old 06-16-2008, 04:08 AM
 
Location: Bethel, Alaska
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Here is an Italy rail pass info from Rick Steves.

Rick Steves' Eurail Passes: Italy & Greece Railpasses
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