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Trains in Italy – no cars needed here

by Erica Berman
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To get around the Ligurian Riviera without a car (Camoli, Cinque Terre, Santa Margherita, Finale Ligure, Varigotti, La Spezia, Portofino – you need to take a boat or bus from Santa Margherita) from Genoa on public transportation one may take the increasingly infamous Trenitalia. Recently things have not been good for trains in Italy… the crash in Via Reggio and 22 deaths later has brought out all sorts of information…. none, particularly positive. What can I say about trains in Italy? They are old, they are slow, they are dirty, they are uncomfortable, and they are often overcrowded BUT, they are dirt cheap, they are frequent and they go pretty much every where you need to go, as long as time and comfort are not of essence. Think of all the good you are doing for the environment!  No cars needed here, just a good book and a lot of patience.

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Erica Berman

Erica Berman grew up in Lexington, Mass. After graduating from Syracuse University's Newhouse School of Journalism and an intensive summer at Middlebury College (Vermont), Erica went to Paris with hopes of submerging herself in French culture and perfecting her French -- and she stayed 20 years. Erica is the founder of the HiP Paris Blog and Haven In her former company. She now splits her time between Paris (Montmartre) and Maine (Midcoast). She recently started a non-profit growing organic produce for the food insecure in Maine called Veggies to Table. In her all-too-rare free time, Erica likes to travel off the beaten track, explore Paris and Maine, read, take photos, cook, kayak, hike and enjoy long Sunday brunches with her friends. View Erica Berman's Website

2 comments on “Trains in Italy – no cars needed here

hi Erica – i am looking for a short-term apartment to rent in genoa at very short notice (for 2 weeks from the end of next week). but i’m not having much luck. i stumbled across your blog and read that you found a great place. Any suggestions? thanks, kirsty

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