This morning I was going by bus to Fiesole (number 7 from piazza San Marco) when I noticed a small group of tourists arguing with the driver. They got a fine because they have done one of the most common mistakes that tourists usually do in Italy: not to validate their tickets when get on buses or trains.
With ordinary train tickets (on fast trains like le frecce or italo is not required) you have to validate them before boarding. Look for a green and white validation machine in the station to stamp your ticket. The ticket is good for six hours after validating. If you can’t find the machine or the machine isn’t working jump on the train (you do not want to miss it!) and look for the conductor, asking him to validate your ticket. TIP: If you can’t find the conductor you can write the name of your boarding station (i.e. Santa Maria Novella, Florence) and the time. Now your ticket can’t be use twice, so if the conductor will come to punched your tickets you will explain that you miss the validation machine (because it was late or because the machine wasn’t working) but you validate the ticket yourself, this can prevent you from getting a fine!
Next time we will speak about different kind of Florence public bus tickets!
Have a nice journey!