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Old 07-26-2008, 06:13 AM
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Added Messina-Taormina to the schedules. Schedules now include major ports of Civitavecchia, Livorno, Napoli, Venice and Messina.
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Old 10-30-2008, 09:57 AM
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Based upon our experiences during our Oct '08 trip, I have made a few minor changes/additions to the train site. These pertain to Livorno/Firenze.

Good news for thoses going through Civitavecchia - elevators in the sottopassagio (underground) are coming. Could not get a time frame other than "soon". Used them in Pisa - big help when you have luggage.
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Added a new section called "Italian Train Basics" which includes better organization and a bunch of new pictures. Now you can see why or why not baggage might or might not be a problem for you.

Rewrite of the FCO-Rome-Civitavecchia section (with more pics and tips) is about done.
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Very well done Ftroute... you are close to being able to run their whole train system..
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:31 AM
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Another tip which can become crucially important. Learn how to say the name of the port of Rome...CIVITAVECCHIA.
On a recent cruise 2 English ladies were late getting back with the train so they grabbed a taxi and asked to be taken to the PORT (they didnt know the name )
The driver took them to the Airport instead and they missed the ship's departure even if the captain waited an entire hour.
They took a plane from the airport to Sardinia, Alghero where they caught up with the ship.
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About train tickets: don't forget to "obliterate" your tickets before getting on the train car.
No one will ask you to see the ticket before riding, and maybe neither while you're.
But, since the tickets can be used within many months from the purchasing date, you must have impressed on them the day and hour of effective departure (it avoids countless using ... ).
So just before you catch the train you must enter the ticket in a yellow square box called "obliteratrice" (you can find many of them on the platforms).
If they find you didn't, you can be hardly fined.
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Cannot say that I have ever seen that term (obliterate) used before for validation. I have seen many, many signs referencing "convalidare" which translated into English means "to validate". In fact, the back of a Trenitalia ticket makes reference to "convalida del bigietto." It does go on to state "convalidare all obliteratrice i biglietti." So you are correct in the name of the machine. However, you don't want to "obliterate it", which means to get rid of it by any means. That would kind of defeat the purpose.

In any case, put the ticket into the yellow box (on a train or on a bus!)
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Hi,
Question for going on the train from Civitavecchia to Roma S. Pietro. We are visiting the vatican and then using the HOHO Bus too. Can we then go from Roma S. Pietro back to Civitavecchia? We used the train in 2007 at the end of our cruise to spend a few days in Trastevere and it worked well. Just a little nervous about doing it as a port visit, we will be in port from 7am to 8pm on April 29, 2009.
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Question for going on the train from Civitavecchia to Roma S. Pietro. We are visiting the vatican and then using the HOHO Bus too. Can we then go from Roma S. Pietro back to Civitavecchia? We used the train in 2007 at the end of our cruise to spend a few days in Trastevere and it worked well. Just a little nervous about doing it as a port visit, we will be in port from 7am to 8pm on April 29, 2009.
This site is "wonderful" we love going on our own. Thanks so much for all the information you provide.
Yes you can go from S Pietro back to Civitavecchia. Check your desired train schedule with Trenitalia to be certain of the times (it's in the 'details' portion of the individual schedule - uncertain what that is, check http://www.ftroute.com/trenitaliaonline.cfm are read the section on train details.) That way you will have the time the train will depart S Pietro. Keep in mind that it is a 2 minute stop for that train - if that!

Have a great visit and a better cruise!
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:54 AM
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Train schedules have been verified and reflect the changes made by Trenitalia. Nothing really significant to report (only very minor changes - a minute or two) on most routes.
Rome to Civitavecchia and vice versa has significant changes. Most noteable are the addition of several non-stop Eurostar City trains (more Euro, of course).
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