Soooo, I got on the wrong train

written by Tiana Kai
Lost in Grosseto Tuscany

Wrong train in Grossetto

Am I the only nincompoop who’s gotten on the wrong train before? In all honesty it’s happened to me twice (that I can remember). Once last year in Torino and again just yesterday. All I could do was laugh when the ticketing guy told us that we were off to Rome, not Florence!

All aboard!

My husband and I spent a week in Viareggio and were heading back home to Florence. Our train was scheduled to depart at 4.33 at binario (platform) 4. We were rushing, so when we arrived at 4.31 at binario 4 we assumed the train that everyone else was waiting for was heading to Florence.


This beat up puppy was on a slow boat to China, or shall we say Roma.

We got all comfy, whipped out our laptops and even gave each other a kiss and a high five for making the train. Fools I tell you!

We then zoned out and started working. Once the ticketing guy asked for our tickets to stamp he noticed we purchased the ‘wrong’ ticket. Nicco and I looked at each other and I started to giggle thinking how dumb we were for not noticing that we had been travelling an hour and a half in the wrong direction. Mamma mia.

Stuck in Grosseto, Tuscany

Piazza Alighieri in Grosseto

Luckily, Grosseto was the next stop where we could get off and head northeast to get home. I’ve never been to this city, so now I had two hours to check it out.

Grosseto pizzeria

Isn’t this place charming?! Unfortunately, it was Sunday so everything was closed, but the streets were sweet and the center was only for pedestrians which was really nice. They had middle-of-the-road stores, plus Lacoste and Max Mara.

Not my nonni in Grosseto

Piazza Dante Alighieri was very cute and a perfect place for me to capture some classic shots for my Not My Nonni photography project on Instagram.

Happy hour detour

Cantina di Piazza del Sale

Tucked away in the corner of the old city walls was a true gem! Cantina di Piazza del Sale. Don’t mind their Space Odyssey website ‘cuz this is one badass wine bar. They served us the most tender, thick cut prosciutto I’ve ever had and many other slivers of cold cut goodies and cheese. If I owned a bar it would look like this…rustic brick, minimalistic, low lighting, it was perfect.

Cantina di Piazza del Sale

Wine was great. I had Morellino di Scansano and Nicco had a Cabernet. As we were paying we were admiring their wine rack wall, so ended up picking up an Etna Rosso 2011. You know, we needed a bit of wine for the THREE hour train ride back home.

Salute to screwing up!

Please tell me I’m not alone in this! What’s your ‘doh!’ moment?


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Cassandra August 26, 2013 at 10:33 am

Well, you guys definitely made the best of the situation! If I’d simply scrolled down the page I’d have thought you meant to spend the afternoon relaxing in Grossetto.

Also–I’d not heard of the Not My Nonni project before–brilliant!

Tiana Kai August 26, 2013 at 11:12 am

Ha thanks, I love nonni, they are the best subject to photograph here!

You’re right, it looks like I had a stress-free afternoon in a Tuscan town! Little would you know we almost missed the train we had to take to get back home…we were so busy choosing which wine to but for the ride. 🙂

Valerie Conners August 26, 2013 at 3:36 pm

It’s happened to me twice (at least!), once in Italy and once in India — now THAT turned into a true travel nightmare! At least in Italy there’s always some quaint piazzas and nice apertivi to ease your woes 🙂

Tiana Kai August 26, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Ya exactly! I can’t imagine what a ‘wrong train’ in India would lead to. Luckily Grosseto and something cool going on and near by the station!

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