My friend Deb, from Bagni di Lucca and Beyond, wrote this post. I feel that it is so important for travellers to Italy to know this, that I have decided to reblog the article.
You might think this would be easy, but every time I get on a Freccia Rossa, Freccia Bianca or Freccia Argento (Red Arrow, White Arrow or Silver Arrow) there is confusion over the seating arrangements.
These fast trains, which can travel at speeds of 250 kilometres per hour, are run by Trenitalia. They were previously called Eurostar Italia, but the name changed in 2012.
The whole thing can be very confusing for a first timer. You are in a bit of a rush, you have too much luggage and everything is unfamiliar. You can buy a ticket from the sales counter (expect a long wait) or from the automatic machines, a much speedier way to do it.
Here is the ticket you will most likely receive.
The circled and numbered items on the ticket are what you need to look for.
- This is the train number. Look for this on…
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It has been another wonderful blog year for me. Thank you to all my loyal supporters and thank you to my new followers who have joined me over the past 12 months. It is your likes and comments that keep me going and make it all worth the effort.
I will also take this opportunity to wish you all a
Wonderful, successful, happy and peaceful 2016.
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This is a story by Liz that I thought many of my friends would enjoy. Buon Natale
Thank you Liz
As the countdown to Christmas is now well under way it got me thinking (again!) – how do we wish someone a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year in Italian?
If you ask the Google Translate boffins they give you –
Pronounced “Bwon Nah-TAH-ley” (with the emphasis on the middle syllable), it literally means good Christmas.
If you want to be a bit fancy you could go for Merry Christmas and Happy New Year which would be Buon Natale e felice anno nuovo, pronounced “Bwon Nah-TAH-ley ay feh-LEE-chay AHN-noh NWOH-voh” with the emphasis on the syllables in capitals.
Or if you or the recipient are strong believers in the Christian faith, you may want to use Santo Natale e un prospero Anno Nuovo which means A holy Christmas and a prosperous New Year and…
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Thank you to everyone who has advised me.
Yesterday while reading another persons blog, I thought, this is so fabulous I would like to post it on my own blog.
I have no idea how to do that so I clicked on “reblog” thinking that would have the instructions on how to reblog a great post.
Next think I know, I am receiving emails from my friends saying that they cannot access my latest post on my blog.
So, sorry to all of you for the inconvenience.
Just a little hiccup from a novice blogger.
Thank you for your concerns.
One day I just might post that great blog, once I have learned how.
Each time I visit Italy, I learn more ways of travelling smarter, and after 6 visits over the past 9 years I am excited to share some of my experiences and knowledge.
Before I travelled to Italy for the first time, I could never have imagined that I would be able to return several times. I always thought it would be the unattainable dream and I feel so blessed that I have not only travelled there several times but I can also do it comfortably, rather easily and without running up the national debt. Each time I become more confident which seems to make it easier.
My first 2 visits included organised coach tours seeing many parts of Italy, north, south, east and west. From these tours I learned where I wanted to return to and where I would like to spend extended time.
After the first 2 trips, I knew that Italy was under my skin, I just could not get enough of everything and anything Italian. Once back home I decided to study the Italian language. Of course this just heightened my love affair with all things Italian. I love the country, the food, the music, the wine, the people and their outlook on life. Italians just seem to have the love and appreciation of life no matter how simple. They can enjoy the most simple things – everything is bella. They call it La Dolce Vita. The good life.