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Rome train's and planning with camcorder!

Dec 11th, 2005, 07:42 AM
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Don't buy Eurail passes! Buy the tickets either online at www.trenitalia.com or directly at the station. The first time I went to Italy, I got all enthusiastic and bought a Eurail pass. BUT to travel the direct, fast trains between the major cities (Rome, Florence, Venice), you MUST PAY A SUPPLEMENT above and beyond your Eurail pass. Consider your trip between Florence and Rome. The supplement you MUST PAY to use the direct, fast trains (Eurostar, Intercity) is approximately 20 Euros if you show up with your Eurail pass. An actual ticket bought on site for travel from Florence to Rome without a Eurail pass is only 29.00 Euros. So, unless your Eurail pass gets you from Florence to Rome for 9 Euros, it isn't worth it. If you want to travel between the cities without using the supplement, you will be on the regional lines. It will take you 3 hours and 37 minutes (vice the 1 hour 33 minutes on the Eurostar).
If you want to travel from Florence to Venice, the Regional route will take you 5 hours and 11 minutes, and there is only one train available for this travel and it leaves Florence at 0430 AM! The rest require supplements.
In short, buy either online or at the station, and forget the Eurail pass.
Just a thought!
Dec 11th, 2005, 10:55 AM
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great website: www.trenitalia.com too bad I don'tunderstand italiano..!
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Dec 11th, 2005, 12:32 PM
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If you're flying into Rome and out of Venice (?) I can't imagine any type of pass is worthwhile. That's only two train trips, right? Rome to Florence. Florence to Venice.
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Dec 11th, 2005, 12:48 PM
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Anne - two things: On www.trenitalia.com click on English at the top. Input names in Italian (duh) - Firenze not Florence etc.

As mentioned on your other camcorder post: Many places don't allow it, and you can't get in if you carry one with you.

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Dec 11th, 2005, 06:33 PM
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I took my camcorder everywhere I went in Italy and have some spectacular videos as memories. There were may have been some places where I could not shoot but never anywhere was I denied admission because I had one.

All I needed was a simple voltage converter kit sold at many places including the airport.
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Dec 11th, 2005, 07:47 PM
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AnneMD - We all agree to disagree.

On Trenitalia click on English in the top right corner. You can only purchase on the website within 60 days of your travel, but you can use it to price tickets by entering a date within the next 60 days.
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Dec 12th, 2005, 04:32 AM
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Hi there!
On the trenitalia page, you can click for english in the top right corner. You can also enter the names in English (sorry,WallyKringen!) and still get the schedules. As for a camcorder -- sometimes the best memories come from actually experiencing your travel rather than futzing with a camcorder...A friend of mine suggested this, and darn it, he was right!
Just a thought!
Feb 13th, 2006, 06:13 PM
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1) your camcorder should charge with a simple italian adaptor plug. These days, it seem that all our toys are user friendly in foreign countries. I use a digi camera, a cell phone and a memory device that I download my images into as I fill memory cards. Each of these devices works just fine with an adaptor.
2) the www.trenitalia.it web site is great if you want to reserve pre trip. However, it is not difficult to buy tickets at the railroad stations..it helps if you or someone in your group speaks some Italian but not a disaster if not.
3) This will confuse you! I love Rome but- there is NO PLACE in the world like Venice - go to Venice for 5 days and stay in either San Polo, Santa Croce or Dorsoduro. Those are the neighborhoods on the oposite side of the Grand Canale from San Marco and the Rialto...meaning less touristy, less expensive hotels, restaurants, and goods, and best of all, still close to everything you would like to see. Walking in Venice is wonderful but if you decide on 5 days buy a 5 day vaporetto pass so that you can hop on and off the vaporetti and have a great time! The 5 day etc. vaporetto tickets can be purchased just outside the train station. My husband and I go to Venice at least once a year and stay for 10 days to 3 weeks. Venice is an incredibly beautiful city that has the most extraordinary art and music - you don't have to go into the museum to see the art. The city is a work of art! Also, the Venetians are warm and welcoming people. Especially if you are there for a few days and not just hopping off the cruise ship for a run into the fancy shops and back onto the ship!
5)ROME - Ostia is great and so is Hadrian's Villa. Ostia by train, Hadrian's villa - by bus (I think!) We had guides in both places and found the guides made the places come to life. It would not be as interesting certainly in Ostia W/O a guide, nor Hadrian's villa but as Hadrian's villa is also quite a beautiful sight - especially at the end of the day, not having a guide would be OK as long as you had a map or guide book to help you know what you are seeing.
4)paying for tickets: My feeling is that as far as trains and planes etc. why can't every one just buy their own tickets. Trenitalia even has an option to purchase a ticket next to someone...so one person start and the rest of you buy your tickets next to that person...or just do it at the ticket counter at the RR station.
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Feb 13th, 2006, 06:49 PM
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Concerning the camcorder, Anne was very clear in her original message

"Also have a camcorder, ac/dc adaptor... input: 120v 60hz 12w output: 12vdc 600mA.. plan on getting an "plug end adaptor" should that be all I need? "

Plug that into 240V and it'll likely fry. Robespierre already gave the correct answer. If it doesn't say 110 - 240V input, then you either need a voltage converter, or better yet, a power supply from the mfg that accepts 240V. Don't guess at these things - read the label.
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