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Tren Italia

Tomorrow I will take a quick train trip along the Italian coast from Asti down to Viareggio. Then I’ll visit Lucca, and two days later take another train to Florence. After that I will be off to the Tuscan countryside for a week and probably not able to write at all…but I’ll try to check in once more from Florence with any last minute summer train tips for travelers.
The Italian trains have been fine so far…I have been booking my reservations about a day or so in advance, and taking advantage of my first class Eurail pass to secure first class seats whenever possible. The reservations usually cost about 3 euros and are most often the same price whether booking first or second class.