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Written by Larry Aiello   
Monday, 15 October 2012 00:27

Rome to Florence: Why the Train is the Better Option

A visit to Italy isn't complete without a trip to Rome and Florence, two of the country's most popular destination cities. While you certainly can choose to drive the distance between the two; it's a 173 mile trip, you might consider taking the train from Rome to Florence instead. There is no shortage of trains leaving Rome that depart to Florence, in fact, trains run frequently between Termini Station in Rome and Santa Maria Novella Station in Florence.

A picture of a train in ItalyThere is also the option of a few slower trains leaving from Roma Tiburtina station if you desire.

High-Speed Train or Low-Speed Train

You have a couple of options when taking the train as well; you may opt for the high-speed train, ItaliaRail or you may decide to rely on the slower speed trains in which you will get a treat watching the landscape passing by. The ItaliaRail train is the fastest way to get between both destinations, but it's also the most expensive at $57 for a standard fare and $131.00 for Executive fare. It takes approximately one hour and thirty minutes to reach Florence from Rome by high-speed train.

The lower-speed train will take approximately two to four hours and is generally less expensive at anywhere from $28 to $42.

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Side Trips off the Train

If you wish you can step off the train during your route between each city and take a side trip to Perugia and visit its many restaurants, the massive fortress of Rocca Paolina and the Cathedral of San Lorenzo. You may take a look around the town of Orte and check out the Santa Maria Della Consolazione; a striking church which flanks the City Hall or you may decide to visit Chiusi and wander among the Mueso Archeologico Nazionale with its Greek inspired façade and beautiful works of art.

Train Travel versus Driving in Italy

While many see having a car as an advantage when traveling, it is actually more convenient to take the train than to drive to your destination cities. In fact, in most large cities like Rome and Florence, there really is no need of having a car with the extensive transit system in both places. If you are visiting the rural areas outside of Florence like Tuscany for example, then a car would be needed; however, it will actually save you money in the long run to take the train as it is generally cheaper than renting a car.

Photo Credit: By Nils Öberg (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons



0 #8 Addicted2italy 2013-01-12 02:30
Hi Anila,

Thanks for posting, yes I agree with you it is the better option. You don't have to deal with the stress of driving in Rome and all the traffic. Although if you want to see the countryside, and much of it is very beautiful in Tuscany, then you might consider a car.

+1 #7 Anila 2013-01-11 13:21
I much prefer going by train where at all possible, you get to see the lie of the land and experience the culture of a place a little...Also, if you book in advance you can get some really piccolissimo fare as the Italians say - an advance fare on a high speed train suddenly compares very economically with a slower domestic train ticket fare...
0 #6 Cheap hotels in Lido 2012-12-11 13:26
Totally agree, the train is more convenient. You manage to see through the window the nature and the villages.
0 #5 Africa safaris 2012-11-07 05:38
I agree. What I like most about train rides is that you can enjoy the view of changing landscapes. And Italy for that matter has the best of it.
0 #4 Addicted2Italy 2012-10-19 11:30
Yes, I would agree with that Nadine,

The longer the vacation in Italy, the better!

thanks for posting....cheers!
0 #3 Nadine@Goowai Italia 2012-10-19 08:44
Hello Larry,

You have a point there. Well, if they really want to enjoy Rome,Florence or Italy in general. They should go for a long vacation because there's really a lot of beautiful sites to enjoy, right?


-Goowai Hotel Italia
0 #2 Addicted2Italy 2012-10-16 11:31
Hi Nadine

I agree if you are not in a hurry you should take the slower speed train and enjoy the scenery. However, on the other side of the token, the faster you get to Rome or Florence, the more time you will have there to enjoy their artistic sites, etc.

0 #1 Nadine@Goowai Italia 2012-10-16 09:16
If you are not in a hurry, I'd prefer riding the slow-speed train. So, you can enjoy the beautiful sceneries outside while going to Florence. Besides, if you want to really experience the beauty of each place in Italy, relax, don't rush and feel each moment you are there.

- Goowai Hotel Italia

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