Here are five tips to help you when travelling around by train in Italy:
1. If you have not reserved a seat on the train, make sure you validate your ticket by inserting it into a machine like the one below. If not, you could end up paying a fine. I wasn’t aware of this until someone pointed to the machine and used sign language to explain it to me. You will find these yellow machines in the train stations.
2. The ticket machines in the train stations are easy to use and quicker than queuing up. Thankfully, there are a variety of languages so you don’t need to understand Italian. The following video walks you through the process.
3. 5′ means the train is delayed. It is not the platform number as I mistakenly thought on my first day in Italy!
4. When looking for the correct platform, Italian trains leave from a binario.
5. When looking on the Trenitalia website you need to use the Italian spelling (for example Florence should be Firenze) even when you are using the site in English.