From Spain to Italy by train

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I am in Spain and would like to travel to Italy by train. I'd fly but my tourist visa runs out before Italy. I am planning for two weeks in Italy starting in Tuscany (Florence) and working my way down to Rome and the Amalfi Coast. My question is, what is the best train route from Spain to Italy? I'm finding some trains leaving from Girona but the sites I've found show nothing available. It's quite confusing using Eurotrail site in determining the cheapest and fastest option from one city in Spain to Italy. Time is not an issue for me since I do not have a return flight back to the U.S. yet which means I can be on a train for 20+ hours. What's important to me is traveling on a budget (which is unfortunate because fights are the cheapest). For any of you that have traveled by train from anywhere in Spain to Italy, what do you recommend?

*Sidenote: I fully understand that overstaying my visa is against the EU regulations so please I am only looking for advice on what's the best route from Spain to Italy by train.

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Train ticket from Spain to Italy? | Yahoo Answers

Unfortunately, it's impossible to visit Italy by train in one day. It's just too far and takes a full day's travel each way. For example, a train from Barcelona to Milan takes between 14 and 22 hours, then you need to add a local train to Volterra - if that's possible (does Volterra have a train station?). So, to actually see something in Italy you will need at least 4 days.
You could look at flying from Barcelona to a major city in Italy, but you'll need to allow a couple of hours to get to and from airports, and then find your way to Volterra.
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train from spain to italy? | Yahoo Answers

There are no direct trains between Barcelona and Rome, and certainly no overnight trains. The train trip generally takes around 24 hours and will require between 4 and 6 changes, depending on the train.
While I'm usually in favour of train travel, in this case it will be much easier, cheaper, faster, to fly!