Reading the Italian Train Departures Board
Below is the typical "flight board" or "departure board" that you'll see in Italian Train Stations. This one was in Venice. If you have the flash plugin, it's interactive; follow the instructions to learn what each component of the board represents.
If you are a tourist, the important part of the sign is to the left, the departing trains: Partenze. Here the sign is for trains from 10:45 onward. Remember that Italy uses the 24 hour clock, so trains departing at 3 in the afternoon will be shown as departing at 15:00.
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