I will be flying in to Rome (arriving 9:00 am) and need to take the train immediately to Florence where I will be meeting my daughter. Everything I read about train tickets says to by them in Italy a day in advance. Since this is not possible for me, what else could I do?
When you land at Leonardo da Vinci (Fiumincino), go to the train station (up the steps, across the street, down to the station). This is where you would normall buy your tickets to Stazione, the main train station in Roma. You can then either buy you ticket to Florence there as part of your ticket into Roma or go to Stazione and buy your tickets there.
We have done it many times. Some flights (Alitalia) include the trip in to Stazione.
You are welcome to write if you have more questions.
I think, but could be wrong, that the main train station in Rome is called "Termini."
Thanks, Charles! I realize that I must first travel by train to Termini and then take a train to Florence. I'm glad to know that I can do it on the same day. Your directions are very helpful!
You can buy most Trenitalia tickets online, at http://www.trenitalia.com/en/index.html. Then you just take your confirmation number to the ticket kiosks, print out your tickets and you're ready to go. There have been some recent posts on this website about problems with the website though, so you may want to read those before undertaking your purchase.
As one of the people posting advice to buy tix a day in advance, let me explain why (I, at least) say that. It's just to save time, a precious commodity for the traveler. If you go to the train station and find the train you want isn't leaving for 2-3 hours you have time to kill and not all that many options in many cases. But if you get the tix a day in advance then you know what time your train leaves and can do other things until that time approaches. In your case this isn't a possibility, but not to worry. It's easy to buy tix for same-day travel and I have done it several times; the lesson I learned, though, is buying in advance makes better use of my time.
Mike, thanks for the reply. Your explanation makes alot of sense and I will keep that in mind for our trip back to Rome from Florence!