Taking the train in Italy: TO SAVE MONEY ON THE TRAINS: 1. Take the "regionale" ("R") instead of the faster trains, when available 2. Take the "Intercity" ("IC") train instead of the ES/AV train, when available (BEWARE: make sure it stops at Florence S.M. Novella Station, if that is your destination, since most IC trains no longer stop there). 3. Take the "ES" train rather than the more expensive AV train.