How to book a train ticket online in Italy

Are you planning a holiday in Tuscany and you think that driving and parking in Italy is a nightmare? You can travel by train! Here are few suggestions to book your tickets online and travel by train in Tuscany (and Italy). In Tuscany you can travel with Trenitalia or Italo.

Trenitalia

Trenitalia is the primary train operator in Italy, a state-owned company. In Tuscany all the regional and interregional trains are managed by this company. Regional trains are cheap and connect most of the cites. You usually don’t need to pre-book a regional train online because there is no advantage in doing so other than saving time going to the ticket office. The price is fixed so there's no cost advantage and no reservation is possible. Just buy a ticket at the station or from the self-service machines when you get there, validate it in the dedicated small yellow machines (validation is absolutely essential before boarding) and hop on the train. The on-line procedure is suggested for long distance trains, like Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciabianca & InterCity trains, because in this case you need to reserve a place. This is the homepage of the official Trenitalia website in English (see the flag in the right corner on the top of the page):
Trenitalia homepage
Trenitalia homepage
Now we are going to book a ticket: first of all you have to register to the website. You can do this from the box on the right, on the top of the page. Fill all the spaces with your data and confirm the registration. Now you can buy your tickets online.
1° step: Register
1° step: Register
On the left there is the box where you can choose your itinerary. First of all choose “TICKET”, unless you want to buy a carnet. Fill the form with the information requested (note: insert the Italian names of the cities like “Firenze” instead of “Florence”).
Choose your travel
Choose your travel
Choose your trip selecting the hours in which you want to travel.
Choose the time of your trip
Choose the time of your trip
Fill with your own data.
Fill with your data
Fill with your data
Choose the payment.
Payment
Payment
Now your ticket is booked and you have to print it and show it to the controller if requested. Regional tickets can't be purchased in the last 30 minutes before departure. You must complete your booking within a time limit, about 15 minutes, otherwise the reservations are dropped and you have to start again.

ItaliaRail

If you don’t want to register and you want to get your ticket in an easier way, you can choose Italiarail website and book your tickets with a fee of around €3.50.
Italiarail homepage
Italiarail homepage

Italotreno

This is the homepage of Italo website:
Italotreno homepage
Italotreno homepage
You can choose Italo train if you want to book a long distance train. In Tuscany you can find Italo only in Florence SMN station and here are the cities you can reach from here:
Cities you can reach from Florence with Italo
Cities you can reach from Florence with Italo
Choose from the timetable the fares you want (usually, the sooner you book, the less you’ll end up paying):
Select your trip (and fares)
Select your trip (and fares)
Fill the requested data:
Insert your data
Insert your data
Choose a payment method (login not always requested):
Pay
Pay
Pay, confirm and print your ticket.