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Rapid train to Florence from Rome? Also, rental drop off in Rome?

Old Feb 4th, 2015, 06:53 AM
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Rapid train to Florence from Rome? Also, rental drop off in Rome?

My husband and I will be traveling to Rome in March and taking the train to Florence. Yesterday, I tried to book a train to Florence using trenitalia, but it said there were no trains to Florence. I know this cannot be true and I must be doing something wrong. Can anyone direct me to the trick I must be missing?

Also, we had planned to drive from around Sienna to Rome. Several people suggested we drop the car off in Umbria, but we are traveling on a Saturday, so I didn't want to have to get there by noon when the rental offices close and also to try and manage luggage. How difficult is it to drive to the airport in Rome to drop the car off?

Thanks for any help.

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Old Feb 4th, 2015, 07:00 AM
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Perhaps you are not typing in Firenze, the Italian name for Florence? You probably want Firenze S Maria Novella, the main station.

It is not too bad to drop off at the airport. Just make sure you choose directions to the right airport. I am guessing you want Leonardo da Vinci-Fiumicino. There is also Ciampino.
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Old Feb 4th, 2015, 07:42 AM
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This is the page to use - http://www.trenitalia.com/cms/v/inde...005817f90aRCRD

Departure - Roma Termini (alternatively Roma Tiburtina)

Arrival - Firenze S.M.Novella

These will appear after you have started typing the first 3 letters so you can select the station without having to type it all out.
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Old Feb 4th, 2015, 09:25 AM
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Thank you nochblad for the info and connections. I copied both stations and entered the information, but got a message that said, "invalid arrival station." I know people train from Rome to Florence, so this makes no sense to me. I'm trying to find something that leaves around 3pm on a Tuesday. Our plane is scheduled to arrive at 1:15pm, so I thought almost 2 hours would give me enough time to get through customs & travel to the train station.
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Old Feb 4th, 2015, 09:41 AM
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If you are looking for advance purchase discounts for the train from Rome to Florence you may not be allowing enough time to

Taxi to jetway
Deplane
Make your way to immigration
Line at immigration (depends on how many international flights land at once)
Wait for luggage (may be 10 minutes but I've waited more than 40 minutes at times)
Make you way to train station
Wait for train
Take train from airport to Termini in Rome
Make your way to the platform for the Florence train

There are so many steps I would want more time - but then I am risk averse.
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Old Feb 4th, 2015, 09:46 AM
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Just write "ROMA" and you will be offered a choice of station. If you choose "ROMA" you get departures from all station, otherwise only from the one you chose. Roma Termini would be the wisest choice.

As for the arrival, write "FIRENZE" and you will be offered a choice of stations. Firenze SMN is the most central one.
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Old Feb 4th, 2015, 10:29 AM
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>>>I copied both stations>>Our plane is scheduled to arrive at 1:15pm, so I thought almost 2 hours would give me enough time to get through customs & travel to the train station.>>Also, we had planned to drive from around Sienna to Rome
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Old Feb 4th, 2015, 10:57 AM
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As I said and others have subsequently said enter the letters. Do not copy and paste.
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Old Feb 4th, 2015, 04:18 PM
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Thanks kybourbon! I retried it without cutting and pasting and it worked great. There are so many times to chose. How much time would you allow to get from the airport to Termini station for the train? We never check luggage, so we wouldn't have to wait for that. I don't like to rush to catch things, but I also hate waiting around for a couple of hours especially when I am jet lagged and need a glass of wine and to sleep! And….maybe just a bit of gelato.

Actually, we are not staying in Sienna, but outside Montepulciano at Terre Di Nano. I was interested in stopping in a few places on the way to Rome and just having more of a leisurely trip. Since we are traveling on a Saturday, we would have to turn the car in before noon and I wanted to have more flexibility.
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Old Feb 5th, 2015, 07:12 AM
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>>>How much time would you allow to get from the airport to Termini station for the train? We never check luggage, so we wouldn't have to wait for that.>>Our plane is scheduled to arrive at 1:15pm>>Since we are traveling on a Saturday, we would have to turn the car in before noon and I wanted to have more flexibility.
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Old Feb 5th, 2015, 07:44 AM
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We will already have cash and will have lunch on the plane, so probably won't need food. Don't they have a bar on the train?

We are flying in from the states, but we are flying British Airlines, so we have a short stay at Heathrow. Here is the itinerary:

Day 1: DFW-Rome, train to Florence
Day 2-4 Florence
Day 5: Leave Florence, pick up rental car. Drive to Castellina where we are staying at fattoria-tregole
Day 5-7 Drive around the area
Day 8: Change hotel to Terre di Nano outside of Montepulciano
Day 8-10 Spend time in the area
Day 11: Drive or train to Rome for 5 days

I haven't planned out exactly what we will do in Tuscany, but we kind of just want to be more spontaneous and take a breather between cities. Would like to go to the hot springs one day.

We are renting the car through AutoEurope.
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Old Feb 5th, 2015, 03:16 PM
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We used Chiusi to pick up a car, and it was exceptionally easy with great connections from Rome. Small town, car rental easy. We actually stayed overnight in Chiusi and really enjoyed it. Had a great meal, a good night's sleep, a relaxing breakfast. Eliminates all the hassle.
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Old Feb 5th, 2015, 04:31 PM
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Autoeurope is a broker, not an actual car rental company so your rental will be from Hertz, Avis, etc. I would drop the car in Chiusi which is a short drive from Montepulciano. It doesn't make sense to return a car at the Rome airport which is in Fiumicino, not Rome and out of your way as you would still have to get transport to Rome. The train from Chiusi to Rome (9.60€) also costs less than the train from FCO to Rome (14€). Dropping in Orvieto would be an option also (it's not a lot further south than Chiusi, but you would have to get there before closing).

>>>Don't they have a bar on the train?
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Old Feb 6th, 2015, 03:50 AM
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Thanks for the Chiusi tip. I think that's a better option than Orvieto since it's closer and we have to drop off before noon.

Should I try to buy tickets from Chiusi to Rome beforehand or just wait until the day?
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Old Feb 6th, 2015, 05:02 AM
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I would allow four hours from landing to Termini. Probably will not need it but we did in our last trip in May. Took over two hours to clear immigrations. Only two officers working that day. Since you are coming from England, you will clear both immigrations and customs in Rome.
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Old Feb 6th, 2015, 05:04 AM
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Meant to add. If you purchase your ticket in advance and miss the train, the ticket is dead. And you will need to purchase new tickets at current fare.
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Old Feb 6th, 2015, 06:23 AM
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>>>Should I try to buy tickets from Chiusi to Rome beforehand or just wait until the day?
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Old Feb 7th, 2015, 08:03 AM
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Thanks fmpden and kybourbon for the info. I'll let you know how it played out. So excited and crossing fingers for nice weather. I know March/early April can be dicey.
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