|Subject: Re: Italy trip|
I took trains all over Italy for over 3 weeks - they were great! I traveled
2nd class - the only time it was bad was from Assissi to Rome. The train was
very crowded and I had to stand the whole way. I found the schedules easy to
follow. Twice I got on the wrong train - the first time was when I arrived
in Milan and was headed to Padua (where I stayed instead of staying in
Venice). I realized it when they started calling the towns - I explained to
the conductor and he got out his schedule and gave me instructions on how to
get back. The second time was in Rome - my niece and I got off at the wrong
station. We asked a guard there where we should go - he walked us back to
the train and explained to the conductor that we had gone to the wrong
station. They let us get back on free and the conductor made sure we got off
at the right stop.
Also most of the window people knew English, but those that didn't, I was able to communicate by writing down where I wanted to go.