Eurostar from Florence to Rome

Mar 23rd, 2006, 07:11 AM
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Eurostar from Florence to Rome

What's the difference between first and second class? I don't mind spending extra if I'm getting something extra. Is there a meal? Bigger seats? Bigger bag storage?

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Mar 23rd, 2006, 07:20 AM
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We took FC on the Eurostar. The seats are a bit more comfortable. They came around with breakfast (a pastry, some coffee, newspaper). I looked at Second Class just to see the difference, and there was some but not much. The cost difference was not that much so we decided to go for the bit of extra comfort, but if you're looking to save a few $$, there's nothing wrong with Second Class.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 09:20 AM
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Since it's such a short trip, I would go with second class. Frist class is a little roomier, but I thought the "snack and beverage" wasn't worth much. I would only do first class on a long trip, since the difference between the two is slight at best.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 10:17 AM
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NONE!!! be aware that this train often runs late late late. So do book a seat because they then jam everyone from other trains on it.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 10:57 AM
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With first class you get an assigned seat. In second class you may not get a seat at all depending on how quickly you get on board and can grab one!
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 11:03 AM
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Margaret: not true, the Eurostar Italia trains are all reservation-only; everybody has a reserved seat.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 12:14 PM
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For this short of a trip, save your money and go second class. There is virtually no difference. We save and go first class on longer trips.

We have done the Eurostar from Rome to Florence sveral times and have always been happy with second class.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 12:30 PM
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Another difference is that there will usually be fewer people. Since the seats on a ES face each alternate the direction they face, chances are greater that you won't have someone sitting in front of you facing you. Not a big deal but affords a little extra comfort for say those on honeymoon looking to snuggle up on the ride. This of course also depends on time of travel.
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Mar 23rd, 2006, 02:44 PM
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Hi R,

It's a 1:36 hr ride. You decide if you want to pay 13E pp extra.

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Mar 24th, 2006, 09:46 AM
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As always, Ira, your answers are straight and to the point. I couldn't have said it better myself.
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Mar 24th, 2006, 09:59 AM
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I'm neither for nor against taking first class over second on such a short journey, but anyone who says there is NO difference between the two, has clearly never seen both, yet alone experienced both.

It's one thing to say it isn't worth the first class for you, or that the difference isn't great, but anybody who can't tell that the seats are more comfortable, more roomy, and the cars are nicer in first class is just plain blind.
Mar 31st, 2006, 03:05 PM
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I remember having a hard time with my luggage when I traveled in Italy 4 years ago; no porters and I had a hard time lifting my 26 inch suitcase up those steep steps ... then finding room for it in first class was difficult.

any suggestions from the peanut gallery as i will be taking two train trips within Italy on the Eurostar in May
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Apr 1st, 2006, 06:48 AM
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Hi mbt,

Nothing has changed since your last visit.

Get a 22" suitcase.

ira is offline  
Apr 1st, 2006, 09:26 PM
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when making train reservations via the internet on does one know how to fill out the seat selection? They ask for which coach you want and which seat numbers?
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Apr 1st, 2006, 09:31 PM
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You only fill the coach and seat number if you want sit close to somebody who's already have a reservations. Then you type in THAT PERSON'S seat. Otherwise, leave blank, and they'll assign you one.
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