Apparent Arson and Union Tensions Cripple Italy’s Sprawling Rail System

Travelers could find themselves stuck in train stations for hours this week.

Anyone trying to take a train in Italy on Monday suffered long delays and cancelations after a fire was sparked within the rail system in Florence.

The cause of the fire was likely arson, railway network company RFI said in a statement.

The major disruption has crippled train travel across the country, including in all the main cities.

The headaches came as transportation unions announced strikes for Wednesday and Friday.

It’s not yet clear whether there’s a connection between the fire and the union tensions.

Following an investigation, trains have begun to once again move through Florence, but travelers should anticipate three-hour delays.


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