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Q&A by Ilona Kauremszky


Q: Iím flying to Italy where I will have a short stop in Rome. Once Iím there I plan on doing some sightseeing before I catch a train to go to Pisa. Iíll be packing lightly (one big backpack) and I donít want to lug it around.

A: Once you land at the Leonardo da Vinci airport (FCO) also known as the Fiumicino Airport in Fiumicino which is a tiny enclave 20 km west of the Eternal City, you can take a train directly downtown to the Stazione Termini (Central Station). You can get these trains that run regularly by following the signs pointing to FS (Ferrovie dello Stato/National Railways) and follow the arrows in the airport to the train station area. The station is located across from the airport.

The 30-minute non-stop ride costs 9,50 Euro about $14 CDN. There are a variety of options in purchasing train tickets. Choose from automatic vending machines located at the Fiumicino airport and Termini station or from the ticket counter located at the Fiumicino airport or from any Tabacchi (Tobacconist) shop.

Once you arrive at the central station in Rome, there are lockers available there. These lockers are open daily from 5am to 1am and are located on the underground floor.

The charge is 3.10 Euro about $5 CDN per piece of luggage for a 5-hour period.


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