New high-speed trains link Italy’s main cities
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Italy’s main rail operator, Trenitalia, recently launched three new high-speed rail services linking Rome Fiumicino International Airport with the main train stations in Naples and Florence.
Trenitalia started serving these new routes on July 11 and new train schedules have been designed with air travel in mind to synchronize comfortable connections between air flights (arrivals and departures) and train travel. Good news for international travellers!
The new routes will link the Frecciarossa—the name of the fast trains in Italy— and will allow tourists arriving at Rome airport to go directly to Naples to taste the original pizza. And those discovering charming Florence can now take a fast train to Rome International Airport. Here are the new services:
- From Naples—Napoli Centrale (central station) and Napoli Afragola (high-speed train station)—to Fiumicino airport.
- From Fiumicino Airport to Naples: Napoli Centrale and Napoli Afragola.
- From Florence train station, Florence Santa Maria Novella, to Fiumicino airport.
American travelers will benefit from the new routes. The Rome airport said in the official announcement: “With these connections, passengers can be in New York by early afternoon, departing early in the morning from Naples or Florence.”
The alliance between Ferrovie Dello Stato Italiane and Aeroporti di Roma hopes to continue to improve timetables and connectivity and allow passengers to check in and carry out baggage check-in from stations in the near future.
These new routes go hand in hand with the Italian government‘s strategy to facilitate connectivity and help travelers visit different destinations in this country. They also recently launched a campaign to promote 1,000 off-the-beaten-track destinations in Italy.
More routes and connections for travelers
The new services will improve connectivity between central and southern Italy, strengthen integration between rail and air services and will also be in line with the European Union‘s sustainable transport strategies.
The new connections will include the Leonardo Express line, which is the fast train service from Rome’s main train station to the international airport, which is the fastest way to get to the airport and takes 32 minutes. This airport shuttle usually offers travelers trains every 15 minutes.
Now, international travelers will not only enjoy the fastest services to Naples and from Florence to the airport, but they will also have many more options to visit other fascinating destinations in Italy faster and easier.
The Frecciargento train routes – high-speed train services in Italy that go up to 250 kilometers per hour (about 155 miles per hour) – also provide services which, with the new connections, will be more accessible for travellers.
The Florence itinerary will allow passengers visiting iconic destinations like Venice or Padua, and Bologna to get to Rome International Airport faster and plan exciting itineraries while visiting this fascinating country.
About Naples and Florence
Travelers from all over the world will now be able to land at Rome’s main international airport and arrive quickly in southern Italy to taste the original pizza. Naples is known as the “Home Place of Pizza”, where it was created, but it is also home to fascinating architecture, landscapes and fascinating activities.
From Florence, travelers will also be able to join getaways that are trending on social media at the moment like the stunning Amalfi Coast or the mesmerizing Capri, an island in the Bay of Naples.
For travelers who want to learn more about Italian history and art, Florence will certainly satisfy their needs. Visitors can explore the most fascinating museums and world famous art galleries. Unique pieces of brilliant artists like Da Vinci, Botticelli and Michelangelo are located in this city.
Venice is also a hip and iconic destination – travelers should remember that next year visitors will have to pay a fee to visit for the day – famous for its beautiful architecture, bridges and gondolas. Those visiting Venice will also benefit from the new route and access to high-speed trains that will quickly connect them to Rome.
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