Does anyone have any details on the Trenitalia strike called for June 1 - 2? For example, do you know if it is intended to affect the entire operations of Trenitalia, or just a portion of it? I am booked on June 2 to travel round-trip from Rome to Naples in order to then transfer to the Circumvesuviana line to get to Pompeii. Unfortunately, my trains are not on the list of trains guaranteed to run in the event of a strike. I have tried calling the Trenitalia 24-hour customer service line several times in the past two weeks, but I do not think that they actually answer any calls. Thanks for any information that you can help with!
We too are traveling that same day from Rome to Naples to catch the train to Pompeii. Although our train Rome to Naples is on the list, our trains from Monterosso to La Spezia (regional) and from there to Rome are not. And, of course, I bought discounted tickets that can't be changed. I'm hoping they cancel the strike.
Hi Laura, I think I said my regional Monterosso to La Spezia and the fast train from La Spezia to Rome are not on the list of trains guaranteed to run in the event of a strike. Those are the two trains I have concern about. My train from Rome to Naples is on the guaranteed to run list but does me no good if I can't get to Rome in time. I have since read that the national trains (such as yours and mine from La Spezia to Rome) may not be affected, but, the regional from Monterosso to La Spezia may be affected. But, that is all speculation. I have been told a taxi from Monterosso to La Spezia will cost about 90 Euros. That is as much as I have been able to gather. I have not called the Trenitalia call center. Alan.
Hi Alan, Thanks so much for the quick reply and the helpful information. I hope the strike does not occur, but if it does, I am most concerned about the national train from La Spezia to Rome (as I am sure a bus/taxi ride will be long and expensive). ~90 euros from Monterosso to La Spezia is doable. If the strike is still on next week I am going to call Trenitalia. I'll let you know what I find out. Thanks again,
I finally just decided to ask Selita, the owner of my B&B in Orvieto (Casa Selita B&B - so far she has been very helpful). She told me that she asked at the train station, and they told her that the strike is going to be "minor" and that it should have little to no effect on national trains. That being said, I have no idea how it will affect your train from La Spezia. If anyone hears anything different, please let us know!
Thanks, Steven. I appreciate your follow up and sharing the info you learned.
Hi Alan, My husband and I are traveling from Monterosso to Rome on June 2nd. You mentioned your trains from Monterosso to La Spezia and from La Spezia to Rome are not affected by the strike. Where did you find this information? Is there a list of affected trains? We'll be on Regionale and FrecciaBianca. Any information is greatly appreciated! Thanks! Laura
Thanks, Laura. I'll look forward to hearing from you when you learn more, and I will share what I learn with you when I learn it.
Let me know if anyone actually gets through to the call centre. I have called many times, and keep getting an answering machine.
I too am wondering because I will be traveling from Venice to Verona on June 1st and then Verona to Florence on June 2nd. Does anyone have any ideas if there are any other ways for me to get from Verona to Florence on Sunday June 2nd if there is a strike?
I just checked what I think is an official website and it no longer lists the strike on June 1-2. Perhaps it was cancelled? http://www.mit.gov.it/mit/site.php?p=scioperi
Thank you Alan. My wife and I are going to see the Three Tenors (Bocelli,Domingos,Carerras) at Verona Arena on June 1st (will be broadcast live on Italian TV). I hope it is true....I will purchase my train tickets now in hopes that it is true. According to that website it looks like they moved it a week to June 8th.
Thanks Alan, hopefully that is a good sign. By the way - in case no one else noticed - there seems to be a public transit strike for Monday, June 3. It appears to be regionally-located, but there is no further information to suggest which regions would be affected.
Update! According to http://www.slowtrav.com/blog/italy_transport_strikes/ the strike has been rescheduled once again. It is now scheduled to start on Saturday, June 8 at 9pm and last for 24 hours - so mostly affecting trains on Sunday, June 9.