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Traveling from Florence to Rome by train

Considering a trip to the Italian capital and need more information on how to travel by train from Florence to Rome? Start your journey here! 

On average, the train journey from Rome to Florence takes 1 hour and 33 minutes, but can take just 1 hour and 15 minutes on the fastest Frecciarossa and Italo services. With around 51 direct trains covering 144 miles from Florence to Rome every day, you don’t need to worry about changing along the way. 

If you’re traveling on this route, you’ll board a train in the Tuscan capital at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station. Whether you’re travelling with Frecciarossa or Italo, you’ll always enjoy free WiFi and comfortable seating. In just over an hour, you’ll arrive at either Roma Tiburtina station or Roma Termini station. If you like to travel in style, upgrade to First Class and you’ll receive complimentary food and drink. Make sure you get a window seat if you want to soak up the amazing views of the Italian countryside. 

Once you’ve arrived in Rome, you can start your journey through the Roman Era at the Baths of Diocletian, the biggest baths of ancient Rome. Then, you can admire Basilica di Santa Maggiore with its stunning mosaics. Also, a trip to Rome is not complete without visiting the Colosseum – the largest amphitheatre in the world is only a 20-minute walk away from the station, so you can’t miss it! More of a foodie? Check out our tips for finding the best pizza spots in Rome. Or perhaps you fancy yourself as a runner? You're in luck: Rome's marathon is one of the 5 best marathons in Europe according to our guide.​

Ready to book? Start your search for cheap train tickets from Florence to Rome in our Journey Planner today. For more details, keep reading for train times, ticket prices and FAQs.

Florence to Rome by train

It takes an average of 1h 35m to travel from Florence to Rome by train, over a distance of around 144 miles (232 km). There are normally 73 trains per day traveling from Florence to Rome and tickets for this journey start from $9.96 when you book in advance.

First train

06:00

Last train

23:24

Departure station

Florence

Arrival station

Rome

Journey time

From 1h 16m

Distance

144 miles (232 km)

Frequency

73 trains per day

Changes

Direct trains available

Price

From $9.96

Train and bus operators

Marino, Itabus, Trenitalia, Italo, Autoservizi Salemi, Flixbus

Florence to Rome train times

Check out the next trains departing from Florence to Rome for Tuesday Apr 23rd 2024. For the full train timetable/schedule, or to search for a later time or date, click here.
DepartsArrivesDuration
12:14 13:40 1h 26m, direct
12:43 14:09 1h 26m, direct
12:48 14:14 1h 26m, direct
13:14 14:40 1h 26m, direct
13:28 14:57 1h 29m, direct
13:43 15:09 1h 26m, direct
13:48 15:14 1h 26m, direct
14:14 15:40 1h 26m, direct
14:48 16:14 1h 26m, direct
15:03 16:35 1h 32m, direct

Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciargento trains from Florence to Rome

You can travel from Florence to Rome on Frecciarossa, Italo, Trenitalia and Frecciargento trains. When you search for times and tickets, we might also show you some other options with multiple connections or operators if they’re available.

Frecciarossa trains are Trenitalia's flagship high-speed trains capable of reaching speeds of up to 186 mph (300 km/h). The "red arrow" trains are distinguished by their comfort, their ultra-modern design and their reduced impact on the environment. All Frecciarossa trains are equipped with a food carriage, a free WiFi connection and four levels of service – Standard, Premium (with drinks and welcome snacks served on arrival, as well as a morning newspaper), Business (with drinks and snacks, morning newspaper and larger seats) and Executive (with Fast Track, access to FrecciaClub lounges in train selected stations, and gourmet meals served to your seat). From December 2021, you can also travel with Frecciarossa from Milan to Paris via Turin, Modane and Chambéry. The trains are operated by Trenitalia France and have 4 levels of service - Standard, Business, Executive and Meeting Room - and two types of carriages: Silence Area, for those who want to travel in total tranquillity, and Allegro Area, for those who want to chat with their fellow passengers.

Italo is a high-speed train operator that runs services between many of the major cities across Italy. All Italo trains are modern, air conditioned, and have free WiFi available for all travellers. There are four comfort classes, or "ambiances", as Italo like to call them – Smart (the cheapest price), Comfort (with wider seats and extra legroom), Prima (with a welcome selection of food and drink, fast track boarding and extra space), and Executive Club (with all Prima services, extra-wide seats, access to Italo Club lounges and personal entertainment screens at your seat).

Trenitalia is the national railway company of Italy, with a fleet including high-speed trains (Frecciarossa, Frecciargento and Frecciabianca), Intercity and Intercity night trains and regional trains. Trenitalia offers discounts and special promotions on selected routes, two types of discounted tickets for young people under 30 and people over 60.

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Frecciargento "silver arrow" high-speed trains connect the main cities of the north-west, central and southern Italy at speeds of up to 155 mph (250 km/h). All Frecciargento trains are equipped with a food carriage, free WiFi, reclining seats and power sockets. There are two levels of service – First Class and Second Class. First Class travellers can enjoy reclining leather seats, welcome service with drink and a sweet or savoury snack, and a free morning newspaper.

Frecciarossa, Italo, Frecciargento and Intercity classes from Florence to Rome

Compare the different travel classes offered by Frecciarossa, Italo, Frecciargento and Intercity when traveling from Florence to Rome.

Onboard services on Frecciarossa, Italo, Frecciargento and Intercity

Discover more about the onboard services offered on trains from Florence to Rome.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board Frecciarossa trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits. You’ll need to make sure that your baggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink
  • You can go to the FrecciaBistrò café-bar counter located in the middle part of the train to get snacks, main courses, and drinks.
  • You can also order your favourite meal from the comfort of your seat – go to the entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and use the EasyBistrò service or ask a member of staff.
  • If you travel in Premium or Business Class, you’ll get a free snack and drink. If you travel in Executive Class, you’ll get a complimentary meal by the renowned TV chef Carlo Cracco.
WiFiWiFiEntertainment
  • You’ll find free WiFi on all Frecciarossa trains. Connect to their entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and choose from a wide selection of movies, TV series, live news, eBooks, games, music, and podcasts.
  • You can also use Portale FRECCE to get the latest updates on your journey, as well as book other services that will help you reach your destination.
ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Kids under 4 can travel for free if a seat is not assigned to them. If they do have a seat, they can get 50% off Base tickets (Frecciarossa’s standard fare).
  • Children aged 4-14 also get 50% off.
  • Bimbi Gratis offer: You can also get free travel for kids under 15 plus 40% off Base tickets for adults, if you’re traveling in a family group of 2 to 5 people (including at least one adult and one child).
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with your bike for free on all Frecciarossa trains provided it’s not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 17.7 inches).
  • Your bike must be disassembled or folded and stored in a bag in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
PetPetPets
  • Small pets can travel on all Frecciarossa trains free of charge if they’re placed in a carrier or cage of max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm (27.5 x 11.8 x 19.6 inches).
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on all trains if they have a half-price Standard ticket, they’re kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
  • You can’t travel with bigger dogs in Executive and Premium Class, in quiet carriages and in restaurant cars.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need to request special assistance, you can call the toll-free number 800 90 60 60, which can be reached from a landline in Italy, or the national number +3902323232, which can be reached from a landline or mobile, even from abroad (international calling charges may apply).

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on board. You can also charge your devices thanks to the power outlets you can find at your seat.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board free of charge. If you have a small bag or backpack, you can place it under your seat.
  • If you’re traveling with a larger bag, you can place it on the luggage racks above your seat.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits. However, if you travel in Italo Smart, your bags must not be larger than 75 x 53 x 30cm (29.5 x 20.8 x 11.8 inches).
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

While there’s no bar or restaurant car on Italo trains, you can use the vending machines on board to get snacks and drinks during your journey.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment
  • Italo trains offer free WiFi and a free entertainment portal called ItaloLive, where you can choose from a wide selection of movies, TV series, live news, eBooks, games, music, and podcasts.
  • You can also charge your devices thanks to the power outlets that are available at your seat.
ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Kids aged 0-3 travel for free on Italo trains if they don’t occupy a seat. However, if an adult travels with more than one child aged 0-3, they will need to pay for a seat.
  • Children aged 2-14 get 50% off the Flex fare if they’re traveling in Italo’s Smart Class.
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with a folding bike if it’s stored in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
  • You can travel with a traditional bike if it’s disassembled and placed in a bag that is not larger than 80 x 110 x 40cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 15.7 inches).
PetPetPets
  • Pets under 10kg (22 lbs) can travel for free on all Italo trains provided they’re placed in a carrier or cage
  • Pets over 10kg (22 lbs) will need a ticket to travel with you. They must also be kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

Priority seats for passengers with reduced mobility are available on Italo trains. They’re usually located next to an accessible toilet. All accessible toilets also have tactile and Braille signs.

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on all Italo trains, as well as power outlets at every seat.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board Frecciargento trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits. You’ll need to make sure that your baggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink
  • You can go to the FrecciaBistrò café-bar counter located in the middle part of the train to get snacks, main courses, and drinks.
  • You can also order your favorite meal from the comfort of your seat – go to the entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and use the EasyBistrò service or ask a member of staff.
  • If you travel in First Class, you’ll get a free bottle of water, coffee and a savoury or sweet snack.
WiFiWiFiEntertainment
  • You’ll find free WiFi on all Frecciargento trains. Simply connect to their entertainment portal called Portale FRECCE and choose from a wide selection of movies, TV series, live news, eBooks, games, music, and podcasts.
  • You can also use Portale FRECCE to get the latest updates on your journey, as well as book other services that will help you reach your destination.
ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Kids under 4 can travel for free if a seat is not assigned to them. If they do have a seat, they can get 50% off Base tickets (standard fare).
  • Children aged 4-14 also get 50% off.
  • Bimbi Gratis offer: You can also get free travel for children under 15, plus 40% off Base tickets for adults, if you’re traveling in a family group of 2 to 5 people (including at least one adult and one child).
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with your bike for free on all Frecciargento trains, provided it’s not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 17.7 inches).
  • Your bike must be disassembled or folded and stored in a bag in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
PetPetPets
  • Small pets can travel on all Frecciargento trains free of charge if they’re placed in a carrier or cage with max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm (29.5 x 20.8 x 11.8 inches).
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on all trains if they have a ticket, they’re kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need to request special assistance, you can call the toll-free number 800 90 60 60, which can be reached from a landline in Italy, or the national number +3902323232, which can be reached from a landline or mobile, even from abroad (international calling charges may apply).

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on board. You can also charge your devices thanks to the power outlets you can find at your seat.

LuggageLuggageBaggage
  • You can take your bags on board Trenitalia's Intercity trains free of charge.
  • In most cases, there are no baggage size limits. You’ll need to make sure that your baggage is compatible with the space available on board.
RestaurantRestaurantFood and drink

You can get snacks and drinks from the vending machines available in car 3. Gluten-free and lactose-free options are available too.

WiFiWiFiEntertainment

At the moment, Intercity trains do not offer an entertainment portal on board. However, you can make use of your internet data, as well as charge your devices thanks to the power outlets that are available at your seat.

ChildPassengerChildPassengerTravel with children
  • Children under 4 can travel for free if a seat is not assigned to them. If they do have a seat, they can get 50% off Base tickets (standard fare).
  • Children aged 4-14 also get 50% off.
  • Bimbi Gratis offer: You can also get free travel for children under 15 plus 40% off Base tickets for adults, if you’re travelling in a family group of 2 to 5 people (including at least one adult and one child).
ModeOfTransportBikeModeOfTransportBikeBikes
  • You can travel with your bike for free on all Intercity trains, provided it’s not larger than 80 x 110 x 45cm (31.4 x 43.3 x 17.7 inches). Your bike must be disassembled or folded and stored in a bag in one of the dedicated luggage racks.
  • If you can't fold your bike, some Intercity trains allow you to take your bike on board. However, you’ll need to book a space and buy a ticket. There are 6 bike spaces in car 3 and 2 e-bike chargers.
PetPetPets
  • Small pets can travel on all Intercity trains free of charge, if they’re placed in a carrier or cage of max dimensions of 70 x 30 x 50cm (29.5 x 20.8 x 11.8 inches).
  • Bigger dogs are allowed on all trains if they have a ticket, they’re kept on a leash and equipped with a muzzle.
  • Guide and assistance dogs are allowed on all trains at no additional cost.
WheelchairWheelchairSpecial Assistance

If you need to request special assistance, you can call the toll-free number 800 90 60 60 which can be reached from a landline in Italy, or the national number +3902323232, which can be reached from a landline or mobile, even from abroad (international calling charges may apply).

InfoInfoOther

Air-conditioning is available on all Intercity trains.

Cheap train tickets from Florence to Rome

The price of train tickets from Florence to Rome starts at $9.96 one-way for a Standard Class ticket if you book in advance. Booking on the day is usually more expensive and costs can vary depending on the time of day, route or class.

Book in advance

Most of the train companies across Europe release their tickets around three to six months in advance, many of which can be cheaper the earlier you book. If you know the dates you want to travel, you may be able to find some cheaper train tickets from Florence to Rome by booking early.§

Be flexible with your travel times

Many of the train services in Europe are also popular commuter services, lots of train companies increase ticket prices during “peak hours” (generally between 06:00 – 10:00 and 15:00 – 19:00 on weekdays). If you can, consider travelling outside of peak hours to find lower priced tickets.

Choose a slower or connecting train

On some of the busier routes, you might also have the option to take a slower or connecting train. It may take a little longer than some high-speed or direct services, but if you have a little extra time on your hands, you might find a cheaper fare. Plus, you'll have more time to enjoy the view of the countryside!

Look out for special deals

Take a look at our handy guides to find out when train operators release their special deals and offers to see if you can find cheap European train tickets for your journey.

For specific information about how to get your hands on cheap tickets, check out our European train tickets hub.

§Some train companies may not offer any Advance ticket types or cheaper deals for early bookings. On rare occasions, train companies may choose to release special offers closer to the date on last-minute or late-release tickets. This is dependent on the individual train operating company you travel with.

Traveling from Florence Airport to the city center

If you’re flying to Florence, you’ll land at Florence “Amerigo Vespucci” Airport. Want to know how to get to the city center from the airport? Keep reading for more details.

Trams from Florence Airport

The tram is the cheapest and easiest way to get from Florence Airport to the city center – you’ll get there in just 15 minutes! As you leave the airport, head out of the front door and turn left. Follow the signs to the T1 tramway stop. Here, you’ll find several ticket machines where you can buy your tickets.

Remember that you need to get on the tram and validate your ticket, which means you need to put it in the small yellow machines near the doors and have the machine stamp the date/time on it to make it valid. If you don't do that, a penalty fare will be issued.

Buses from Florence Airport

The bus is one of the quickest ways to get from the airport to the city center. You can take the “Vola in Bus” shuttle service from outside the terminal – you’ll arrive at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station in about 20 minutes.

These bus services depart from the airport every 30 minutes between 05:30 am and 08:30 pm, then every hour until 11:45 pm.

Everything you need to know about Florence and Rome stations

Trains to Rome depart from Firenze Santa Maria Novella station. Read on for more information on how to get there.

How to get to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station

Depending on where you’re traveling from, you can reach Firenze Santa Maria Novella station by train or bus. If you’re already in or near the city center, you can also walk to the station.

  • Trains: If you’re traveling from another Italian city, you can take a high-speed train operated by Trenitalia or Italo or a regional train operated by Trenitalia. For example, trains from Milan to Florence can take less than 2 hours on the fastest services.
  • Buses: There are various buses available from the city center to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station. If you’re traveling from Florence airport, you can take the Busitalia SITA Nord "Vola in Bus" bus shuttle – you’ll reach the station in about 20 minutes.

First Class lounges available at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station

Waiting for your train has never been so relaxing! Both Italo and Frecciarossa welcome you in dedicated First Class Lounges with everything you need to sit back and relax before you travel.

Italo Club Lounge

Italo Club Lounges are for Club Executive passengers, as well as Italo Più Privilege and Platinum holders and Italo Più Corporate Privilege and Corporate Platinum holders. You’ll find the following amenities at the Lounge in Firenze Santa Maria Novella station:

  • Breakfast in the morning
  • Savory snacks, pizza, and dessert for lunch
  • Crisps, peanuts, taralli (similar to crackers) and other savory bites for a great aperitivo
  • Espresso, cappuccino, tea, water, and juices
  • A sitting area with comfortable sofas
  • Free WiFi and power outlets
  • Toilets

FRECCIALounge

You can get free access to the FRECCIALounge at Firenze Santa Maria Novella station if you have:

  • A CartaFRECCIA Oro or Platino card (types of Trenitalia loyalty card)
  • An Executive or Salottino ticket
  • A carnet 10 viaggi for Business or Executive Class (First Class) – it’s a group of single tickets valid for 10 journeys.

At FRECCIALounge, you’ll get to enjoy a Working Area with power outlets and free WiFi, as well as a Bistrot Area offering a wide range of snacks and drinks.

Arriving in Rome

Trains departing from Florence arrive at Roma Termini station, which is in the city center. From the station, you can easily walk to the city’s main landmarks, including the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.

Using public transport in Rome

There is a wide array of transport options to get you around the city, including metro, buses, and trams. Keep reading for more details.

Taking the metro in Rome

Rome’s metro has 3 lines (A, B and C), of which the first two reach the city’s most important landmarks:

  • Line A (orange) runs from the southeastern suburbs of Rome to the northern section of the city, near Vatican City. Take this line if you want to visit the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel, St Peter’s Basilica, the Spanish Steps and Villa Borghese, Trevi Fountain, Piazza Navona and the Pantheon.
  • Line B (blue) connects the northeast to the south of Rome and stops near the Colosseum and the Roman Forum.

Taking the bus in Rome

Rome has over 350 bus lines, which can be divided into:

  • Urban lines (U): They make up most of the buses in Rome and run from 05:00 am to 12:00 am
  • Night buses (N): These lines run from midnight to 05:00 am
  • Express (X): These lines are for longer journeys to the outskirts of Rome
  • Exact (E): These lines link the center with the surrounding neighborhoods. They run on fixed timetables.

Taking the tram in Rome

The tram network in Rome has 6 lines:

  • Line 2: Piazza Mancini – Piazzale Flaminio.
  • Line 3: Piazza Thorwaldsen – Trastevere.
  • Line 5: Giovanni Amendola – Piazza dei Gerani.
  • Line 8: Torre Argentina – Trastevere.
  • Line 14: Giovanni Amendola – Palmiro Togliatti.
  • Line 19: Piazza Risorgimento – Piazza dei Gerani.

All lines run from 05:30 am to midnight every day. At night, the trams are replaced by night buses. It’s worth mentioning that most of these lines do not hold a lot of special interest for tourists. The best line for travelers is Line 8, which connects Trastevere with Largo di Torre Argentina.

Explore Europe by train with a Eurail Pass

After visiting Rome, why not continue exploring Europe by train? With a Eurail Pass, you can travel across 33 European countries as much as you want on participating European train networks for a set amount of travel days.

You can use a Eurail Pass if you’re not a European citizen or resident. If you're a European citizen or a non-European who is an official legal resident of a European country, you can use an Interrail Pass instead.

 

FAQs for Florence to Rome

Want to know more about your journey from Florence to Rome? We've compiled some of the most frequently asked questions by our customers to help you plan your journey.

How long does the train from Florence to Rome take?

The average journey time by train between Florence and Rome is 1 hour and 35 minutes, with around 73 trains per day. The journey time may be longer on weekends and holidays, so use our Journey Planner on this page to search for a specific travel date.

What's the fastest journey time between Florence and Rome by train?

The fastest journey time by train from Florence to Rome is 1 hour and 16 minutes.

How much does the train from Florence to Rome cost?

Train tickets from Florence to Rome can start from as little as $9.96 when you book in advance and are usually more expensive when purchased on the day. Prices can also vary depending the time of day, route and class you book.

Is there a direct train from Florence to Rome?

Yes, it is possible to travel from Florence to Rome without having to change trains. There are 71 direct trains from Florence to Rome each day. Though there may be fewer direct services available depending on your exact departure date.

What time does the first train from Florence to Rome leave?

The first train from Florence to Rome leaves at 06:00. Times and services may vary during weekends and holidays.

What time does the last train from Florence to Rome leave?

The last train from Florence to Rome leaves at 23:24. Trains that depart in the early morning hours or very late evening may be sleeper services, time and services may also vary during weekends and holidays.

What's the distance between Florence and Rome by train?

Trains travelling from Florence to Rome cover a distance of around 144 miles (232 km) during the journey.

Looking for more information?

If you’re looking for the return train journey, check out trains from Rome to Florence.

Tips and tricks from our Trainline team

We love helping our customers find inspiration for their next train journey. Discover some travel stories written based on our employees' experiences.

Getting from Florence to Rome by train in a little over 1 hour

Getting to Firenze Santa Maria Novella station

As my hotel was only 10 minutes away from the station, I decided to have a nice morning walk to Firenze Santa Maria Novella. It was a quiet Sunday morning – shops were still closed – so I took advantage of the rare tranquillity and walked down the city’s cobblestone streets, allowing the beauty of the city to unfold before me.

Conveniently located in the heart of Florence, Firenze Santa Maria Novella station was very easy to reach. There were clear signs throughout the whole station, which helped me get to the platform without any problems.

Boarding my Italo train

Boarding the sleek and stylish Italo train was a breeze – I simply had to show my e-ticket to a member of staff and after following the signs to the Smart Class carriage where my seat was, I was on board in no time.

As I settled into my seat, I couldn't help but appreciate the clean and well-maintained interiors of Italo’s Smart Class. Despite being a Standard Class car, it still gave me an immediate sense of comfort and relaxation.

The train journey from Florence to Rome

I really enjoyed the train journey from Florence to Rome. What stood out during the trip was the exceptional service provided by Italo. The onboard amenities exceeded my expectations, with complimentary WiFi allowing me to stay connected throughout the whole journey, power outlets at each seat for convenient charging, super clean toilets, spacious seating offering ample legroom, and large windows providing panoramic views of the Italian countryside.

Arriving at Roma Termini station

My Italo train arrived on time at Roma Termini. The station's central location made it easy to get to the heart of the Eternal City on foot. If you don’t feel like walking, you can also take the metro - there’s an underground station right under the train station. If you want to get to the Colosseum, you can take line B or B1 bound for Laurentina and get off after two stops. To get to St Peter’s Basilica, you just need to change at Colosseum and take line C to S. Pietro.

Overall, I really enjoyed my train journey from Florence to Rome with Italo. The convenience of city-center stations, coupled with Italo's exceptional onboard services, made this trip an excellent travel choice.

About Paola

Paola, a Trainline employee, chose to share her experience of the journey between Florence and Rome.


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