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Some Helpful Information about Traveling in Italy by IlChiostro

However you get to Italy, there are several internal travel options, from trains and buses to car rentals. Below are some suggestions, collected over the years from many of our Il Chiostro alumni. We hope these help you and if you have any suggestions for information to add to this page, we would be happy to hear from you.
Trains: a wonderful thing about Italy - and Europe in general - is that almost every city and town can be reached by the fairly efficient system of trains that traverse the country. Some important notes about train travel:
â€For up-to-date fares and schedules check the Italian National Train Service web site (in English, mostly) or try the North American web site dedicated to train travel in Italy: www.italiarail.com
â€When arriving at the airport in Rome (Leonardo da Vinci, or Fiumicino) there is a train that connects directly to the center of the city - the Leonardo Express. Just follow signs for Treni/Trains when you clear customs and enter into the terminal. The trip takes about 40 minutes and trains leave about every half hour. Only two trains leave from this station: one for Termini, the main station in the center of Rome, the other for Tiburtina, a secondary station a bit outside of the center. (If you are connecting directly to the SENA bus to Siena, you will want to go to Tiburtina.)
â€Many smaller stations (like Siena) do not have elevators or escalators so be prepared to haul your luggage up and down stairs to get to your track
â€you must validate your ticket in one of the yellow machines before getting on the train. Failure to do so will result in a heavy fine, payable on the spot. If you find that you have boarded a train without stamping your ticket, you should go immediately to the conductor, tell him/her that you forgot to validate your ticket and have them hand cancel it
â€It is no longer possible to buy a ticket on the train. You must board a train with a ticket or incur heavy fines
â€Refrain from putting your feet on the seat opposite you. Italians frown on this behavior. You risk being scolded by the conductor.
â€Reservations (prenotazioni) are not required, but recommended for many of the more popular routes. This will at least insure that you get a seat.
â€In more and more stations there are automatic ticket machines, with instructions in English. They take cash or credit cards. They will also tell you the schedule for your train. Use these to avoid the long lines at the ticket counter (biglietteria)
Buses: this is a viable alternative to trains. Intercity buses are comfortable and often faster than the trains. Some important notes about traveling by bus (pullman):

There is a quick and efficient system serving Florence and Siena called SITA. We recommend taking the RAPIDA between these cities. For fares and schedules: www.sitabus.it
There is also a convenient bus between Rome and Siena. This is a 3hour, non-stop trip. In Siena the bus stops at either the train station or the center of the city. In Rome the bus stops at the Tiburtina train station, a bit outside of the center, but convenient for connecting to the airport.
For fares and schedules for buses between Rome and Siena (and some other major Italian cities): www.sena.it
From the Florence airport there is a frequent shuttle called Volainbus that takes you into the center of Florence. Tickets cost 4 euros and can be purchased on board.
Car Rentals: there are many options, but most rental cars are standard transmission. There are a few automatic cars available, but you must reserve these ahead of time and they are more expensive. If you are traveling to Siena, we recommend you rent from either Hertz or www.sena.it, both of which have convenient drop off locations not far from the train station. Europecar is another company that often has competitive rates, although their pickup/dropoff location is difficult to find.
A new website dedicated to renting is: www.carrentals.com They are showing some very competitive prices for cars in Italy using major rental companies.
There is an Italian car rental company associated with National Car Rental called Maggiore. They often have competitive rates as long as you are picking up your car in a major Italian city like Rome, Milan or Florence. Please note: There is no Maggiore location in Siena so you will not be able to pick up or drop off there.
For driving directions to Il Chiostro's Tuscan locations outside of Siena, click a link below:
â€Driving directions to Il Chiostro at San Fedele
â€Driving directions to the Autumn Arts Festival at Dievole
Car Services: if you would like to arrange for a private car service to pick you up at the airport or your hotel and take you to your workshop at Il Chiostro we can arrange this for you. These cars are professional and reliable. Payment can be made directly to the driver in Euros in either cash or by credit card. A sample of estimated prices are:
â€From Florence airport - 175 euros for 1-2 passengers
â€From Rome airport - 395 euros for 1-2 passengers
â€From Pisa airport - 255 euros for 1-2 passengers

Ilchiostro- Offering art workshops in Painting, Photography, Fiction Writing, Cooking, Singing, Poetry, Creativity, Yoga. We have been organizing workshops in Italy: Tuscany, Venice, Lake Garda, Bologna Rome and Sardinia since 1995.

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