I remember that Italian Regional train tickets are valid for a certain amount of time after being stamped but don't remember how long. My goal is to get on a train in Bologna to (via a connection) Cremona and get off for an hour or two in Parma on the way. Can I do that or do I need a new ticket for each segment? I have a sneaking memory of hearing that the times had been tightened up???
Nigel, the regionale ticket is valid for a relatively long time after you purchase it, but once it is validated the time in whoch it remains valid toghtens up to a matter of hours rather than days/weeks. If there's been a change to this since last August, Ron in Rome would know.
The Regionale ticket used to be good for 60 days until you stamped it. Once stamped, it was good for 6 hours which was a bit beyond the maximum time for any Regionale train run. Under these conditions, you could hop off/hop on along the way as long as 1) your next train was also a Regionale train and 2) it was going to the same place as shown on your ticket. I see now that when you buy tickets for a trip that has a train change to or from a high-speed to a Regionale, you have 4 hours to board the Regionale train. Also, the Regionale ticket is pre-validated. I'm not sure how this circumstance may have changed my description in the first paragraph above.
The General Conditions of Transport currently posted on the TrenItalia website say that a validated ticket is good for 6 hours on trips up to 200km and for 24 hours on trips over 200km.
Thanks all three of you. That's exactly what I needed.
For Florence to Pisa, what is the valid period/hours? Understand from some traveller blogs, can buy a regional ticket for this destination and used it for both return journey? How to do so? How many time need to validate the ticket?