Three weeks in northern Italy by train

Old Jun 5th, 2021, 01:22 PM
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Hi goGoa,

I just checked the trains from Ancona to Florence using my Trenitalia App and as you suspected you have to change in Bologna, which is an amazing station, BTW, having no fewer than three levels. I would strongly recommend downloading the App to help you in your trip planning as it's really easy to use and will give you a very quick feedback on what's possible and what not. one tip however is to make sure you put in the correct italian spelling with a capital letter at the beginning. It does not favour lazy writers like me!

I'm glad that you latched onto the idea of putting all your Milan days at the end, which gives you time for other places. I've not been to Ravenna but you can get there by train from Bologna as you can to Padua and Vicenza, both of which I strongly recommend visiting, the former not just for the Scrovigni chapel but the botanical gardens, the St Anthony Basilica and it's overall ambience, and the latter for it's unique Palladian buildings. As for accommodation, my go to hotel in Venice is the Arcadia in Cannaregio - it's very comfortable and has the huge advantage of being accessible by several different vaporetto routes and the Alilaguna from the airport, as well as being near a quieter area of the city. https://www.hotelarcadia.net

In Bologna I stayed in the Corona D'Oro which is right in the centres you can walk virtually everywhere and again is very comfortable. https://www.hco.it
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Hi goGoa,

I just checked the trains from Ancona to Florence using my Trenitalia App and as you suspected you have to change in Bologna, which is an amazing station, BTW, having no fewer than three levels. I would strongly recommend downloading the App to help you in your trip planning as it's really easy to use and will give you a very quick feedback on what's possible and what not. one tip however is to make sure you put in the correct italian spelling with a capital letter at the beginning. It does not favour lazy writers like me!

I'm glad that you latched onto the idea of putting all your Milan days at the end, which gives you time for other places. I've not been to Ravenna but you can get there by train from Bologna as you can to Padua and Vicenza, both of which I strongly recommend visiting, the former not just for the Scrovigni chapel but the botanical gardens, the St Anthony Basilica and it's overall ambience, and the latter for it's unique Palladian buildings. As for accommodation, my go to hotel in Venice is the Arcadia in Cannaregio - it's very comfortable and has the huge advantage of being accessible by several different vaporetto routes and the Alilaguna from the airport, as well as being near a quieter area of the city. https://www.hotelarcadia.net

In Bologna I stayed in the Corona D'Oro which is right in the centres you can walk virtually everywhere and again is very comfortable. https://www.hco.it
Ann, I have not yet delved into any of the information you’ve given me but before I do I wanted to say Thank you for taking the time to give me these suggestions. Would Trenitalia be the best site for booking train tickets? I will get the app and I’m sure I’ll be back with more questions.
Thanks again,
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Old Jun 6th, 2021, 12:31 AM
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Read seat61.com as to how to book tickets and use the train system.
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There is no direct train from the middle Adriatic coast to Florence, neither from Rimini, nor from Ancona. From Ancona, you will have to change at either Bologna (fast itinerary) or at Foligno (scenic itinerary).
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Originally Posted by bilboburgler View Post
Read seat61.com as to how to book tickets and use the train system.
I agree, I’m familiar with Seat 61 and it is a very good site. I will also check out Trenitalia.
Thanks.
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Old Jun 6th, 2021, 08:38 AM
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Originally Posted by bilboburgler View Post
Read seat61.com as to how to book tickets and use the train system.
I’m familiar with Seat 61. I agree, it’s very good and I will also check out Trenitalia.
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I find it easier to work out routes using bahn.de and then trenitalia if I want to buy a ticket
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Old Jun 6th, 2021, 08:40 AM
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Originally Posted by neckervd View Post
There is no direct train from the middle Adriatic coast to Florence, neither from Rimini, nor from Ancona. From Ancona, you will have to change at either Bologna (fast itinerary) or at Foligno (scenic itinerary).
That’s as I figured. Thanks for the information on the two itineraries. We love trains so I will look into the slow trip.
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Originally Posted by bilboburgler View Post
I find it easier to work out routes using bahn.de and then trenitalia if I want to buy a ticket
Thanks! I used bahn.de years ago and had forgotten about them.
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SBB [the Swiss bus and train app] is also very good. I once planned an imaginary trip on there all the way from Cornwall to Moscow!
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Originally Posted by annhig View Post
SBB [the Swiss bus and train app] is also very good. I once planned an imaginary trip on there all the way from Cornwall to Moscow!
Thanks, Ann. Aren’t trains wonderful?! We are tentatively looking at a train trip from Lisbon to Ho Chi Minh City but it wouldn’t happen until we are confident about the health situation in the world which may be never. I can highly recommend traveling by train in Uzbekistan! May I assume you live in Cornwall? I have a friend who lives in Falmouth. We met on a Hooghly River Cruise in India.
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Old Jun 7th, 2021, 12:34 PM
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Hi BettyAnn, What fun your train journeys sound. I've never done anything that adventurous though I do love trains.

Yes I do live in Cornwall, about 20 mins drive from Falmouth. I've actually looked at that Hoogly River Cruise a few times but never got round to it and perhaps now I never will. it would be amazing if I know your friend, would't it?
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Thank you so much for your suggestion of Ancona. I will definitely look into it. I’m wondering if we can travel by train from there to Florence without back tracking through Bologna. I will have to check on that.
From Ancona to Florence, you have to change trains in Bologna. I actually wouldn't go as far south as Ancona on a trip like this.

Beaches don't seem to be a major interest on this trip, but if they were, there are many better beaches than Rimini.
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I hope you have a chance to leave the cities and discover the countryside. Those small villages, rolling hills, acres of vinyards are not a sight to be missed!
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I hope you have a chance to leave the cities and discover the countryside. Those small villages, rolling hills, acres of vinyards are not a sight to be missed!
I’m sure that would be lovely and perhaps we can do some of that on day trips from Florence. Our main transportation on this trip will be trains but perhaps next time we will rent a car. Thank you for your input.
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I’m sure that would be lovely and perhaps we can do some of that on day trips from Florence. Our main transportation on this trip will be trains but perhaps next time we will rent a car. Thank you for your input.
Understandable! If you're interested in public transportation, here's a good website that helps you to calculate distances using various modes of transport: https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Florence-Italy/Siena
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Understandable! If you're interested in public transportation, here's a good website that helps you to calculate distances using various modes of transport: https://www.rome2rio.com/map/Florence-Italy/Siena
That is one of the websites I’m using for transportation. Never fear, Siena will definitely be one of our day trips from Florence!
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**We will be flying in and out of Milan and traveling by train.**

If you haven't booked tickets yet, I would fly into either Venice or Bologna and back from Milan or into Milan and back from ? (Florence/Pisa/Bologna/Venice).

As for trains, Trenitalia and Italo operate these trains and Italo has listed some new routes starting which include Rimini, but they don't seem to have loaded them in the booking schedule yet. The pandemic might be affecting/delaying some of their new routes.

https://www.italotreno.it/en/destinations-timetable

Italo seems to do a better job than Trenitalia on the English version of their website. Trenitalia doesn't bother to translate a lot of things so you will find more info on the Italian version.

https://www.trenitalia.com/it.html

**I've written elsewhere here about the ravishing Ravenna, as I've spent several weeks there mostly in mosaic courses.**

annw - I'm thinking of visiting Ravenna again. Did you have an apartment?
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**We will be flying in and out of Milan and traveling by train.**

If you haven't booked tickets yet, I would fly into either Venice or Bologna and back from Milan or into Milan and back from ? (Florence/Pisa/Bologna/Venice).

As for trains, Trenitalia and Italo operate these trains and Italo has listed some new routes starting which include Rimini, but they don't seem to have loaded them in the booking schedule yet. The pandemic might be affecting/delaying some of their new routes.

https://www.italotreno.it/en/destinations-timetable

Italo seems to do a better job than Trenitalia on the English version of their website. Trenitalia doesn't bother to translate a lot of things so you will find more info on the Italian version.

https://www.trenitalia.com/it.html

**I've written elsewhere here about the ravishing Ravenna, as I've spent several weeks there mostly in mosaic courses.**

annw - I'm thinking of visiting Ravenna again. Did you have an apartment?
Thank you so much for the train information.

We are flying into Milan because we got a very good flight, from the US, at a very good price. We are flying out of Milan because it is the easiest direct flight to Albania where we will be on a two week tour of the former Yugoslavia countries. We won’t know until the end of July if this tour will go or not. If the tour is canceled we will stay in Italy and travel, slowly, down to Puglia and Calabria where we were going to spend two weeks after the tour before we go to Sicily for three weeks. So, we will have either eight or ten weeks in Italy depending on the tour going or not.

If the tour doesn’t go, I’ll be back with more questions on central Italy!
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