From Rome to Florence by train

Closer than you think

Another topic which has been teetering on the brink of public domain for an inordinate length of time!

Travelling by train has become the norm for me since December 2013, invariably between Rome and Lviv with occasional connections between Krakow and Przemyśl. My companion is a playlist of about 150 songs, half a dozen of which include the word "train" in the title. "Train of Hope" - Red Lorry Yellow Lorry; "Train" - Sisters of Mercy; "Last Train" - Ghostdance, to name but a few. Perhaps I was destined to spend more of my life in a carriage than anywhere else, it really seems like that at times. Travelling enriches the soul, and travelling by train in particular provides ample time and space for reflection.

One can reach Florence by train from Roma Termini for the measly sum of 19 euros, which climbs to 40 euros or more depending on your engine of choice. The official website used to be at lefrecce.it, but has since returned to good old Trenitalia with all the same English language bugs which used to plague the same domain way back. Distance between the two great cities is 315 kilometres. If you can get your hands on the right ticket, however, it'll feel like 315 metres.

Journey time depends on the service you choose. Rome to Florence Santa Maria Novella station (where you want to be) on a super duper shiny Frecciargento will take a tad over 90 minutes. Frequency is more or less hourly and cost approximately 40 euros. The same route with Frecciarossa is faster by 60 seconds if you're a real stickler for time. "Regionale" takes between 3 and 4 hours for about 20 euros, while "InterCity" will deprive you of 2 hours and 45 minutes for similar money. We recommend any train prefixed "Freccia" on the high speed route known as "ferrovia direttissima Firenze - Roma", you'll move at 250 km/h with some nice views of Tuscany on the way.

The purpose of this article is to highlight the relative ease with which one can move between Rome and Florence. Why enjoy only one city when another is within easy reach with a little bit of extra planning? It would be folly to visit Rome and miss out on Florence, in my opinion at least. When In Rome Tours is now in proud partnership with When In Florence Tours, we'd love to see our Rome clients stepping out and booking Florence tours too!

Published on October 19th, 2014
© When In Rome Tours, article provided by Cajes.

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