I am aware that I need to validate ("convalidare") tickets for regional trains in Italy (at least those of Trenitalia).
What, however can I do if I find myself on such a regional train with a good ticket that is however not validated? (*)
- Can I search for the train attendant and ask him to validate it for me? To what lengths do I need to go in this case (think about moving in a packed train with large luggage
- Can I just write down time and station of departure on the ticket (since in the end that is what the validation machine does)?
(*) I know this situation is best avoided from the beginning but we have all seen validation machines that do not work, especially so for paper tickets from kiosk booths or been running for the last train of the day with the last thing on our mind the validation of the ticket. Or I could be that traveler that just arrived to Italy and learns about the validation thingy only through the announcement on the train that has already departed.