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Italian Trains: They Run on Time, They Strike on Time, Too

The message from Trenitalia to Tour Italy Now last week was to the point. We would like to inform that an Italian trains strike is planned from 9.00 pm on April 14th to 9.00 pm on April 15th, 2011. Trains may be subjected to changes and/or cancellations.

That’s right, Italy’s bracing for yet another train strike. Strikes are much more common in Italy and much of Europe than in the U.S. The last time I was in Italy, I had to stay in Bologna an extra day before heading to Rome. Hardly a hardship, that! We missed a day in Rome, but got an extra day in Bologna.

A great source, one I did not have at the time, is the website Easy Travel Report. It gives updates on strikes and other possibly disruptive events all over Europe. Here’s what Easy Travel Report is saying about the Italy train strike situation today.

Italy train strike
By law minimal service will be in effect.
See Trenitalia
Train information 800 892 021
Here’s a list of some train cancellations.

Bad week-end coming up. Easter is the following week
Friday, April 15, 2011 Italian airport strike,(and trains this week-end) Milan airports Linate and Malpensa airports, 24 hours. Malpensa airport is a strike by Aviapartner. This could mean possible disruption with luggage handlers and ground crews?

Saturday, April 16, 2011 Trenitalia strike, Italy train strike, 24 hours, starting, 9pm Friday night going to Saturday 9pm. Minimal service will be guaranteed.

Actually, it looks like the strike got moved back a day, from Friday to Saturday. It’s something of a hoot that strikes are scheduled like this. By law, trains must provide minimal service. But that can be so minimal that the best way around Italy train strikes is traveling before or after one.

Yours in navigating Italy,
Barbara Fellini

Post By Priscila Siano (321 Posts)

+Priscila Siano is the Marketing Director of Tour Italy Now, an online tour operator specializing in Italy travel. She's a respected expert on making dream Italy vacations a reality for clients.

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