FS Italiane, uniting Italy from North to South

From Milan to Calabria by night with Frecciarossa. New regional connections to the sea, mountains, villages and cities of art

Rome, 9 June 2021

The Frecce trains dedicated to summer tourist traffic will make over 150 additional stops per day, with 230 connections to the cities of art, to the seaside and the mountains daily. New Intercity stops, about 1,200 regional littoral connections and 400 to destinations for nature lovers, as well as about 1,400 connections to the cities of art, for a total of over 5,800 regional journeys per day, along with about 1,000 daily Trenitalia Tper regional trains. And, amongst the main innovations, there is the Frecciarossa service now travelling at night between Milan and Reggio Calabria for the first time.

With the 2021 summer timetable effective from Sunday, 13 June, Trenitalia (FS Italiane Group) strengthens its commitment to tourism throughout Italy and to allowing people to plan their holidays and travel safely and sustainably by favouring the train over other means of transport.

In addition to the connections already operating, the offer includes new routes – both during the week and on the weekend – along the main tourist lines and courses from Italy’s North to South, also confirming the FS Italiane Group’s new high-speed philosophy: the Frecce trains not only connect large urban hubs but also small-to-medium towns with great cultural and landscape appeal, effectively ‘shortening’ Italy.

People can travel in complete safety on board the Frecce, Intercity and regional trains. A maximum capacity of 50% is confirmed for the entire fleet, as a measure that forms part of the actions implemented by Trenitalia to guarantee the safety and protect the health of the people, passengers and personnel, right from the onset of the pandemic. On the Frecce trains, in addition to the checkerboard arrangement, graphene filters have been fitted, the characteristics of which allow a significant decrease in the load of viruses and bacteria, markedly improving the quality of the air inside the train and ensuring a complete change of the air every three minutes on all Trenitalia trains.

By Frecciarossa at night

For the first time, the Frecciarossa travels at night with two night-time connections between Milan and Reggio Calabria. The departure from Milano Centrale is at 9:20 pm, with arrival in Reggio Calabria at 8:03 am. The departure from Reggio Calabria is at 9:37 pm to reach Milan at 8:22 am. Also optimised are the connections with the Blu Jet ferries at the Villa San Giovanni stop, to reach Sicily. The night-time Frecciarossa also stops in Milano Rogoredo, Reggio Emilia AV, Bologna, Firenze, Paola, Lamezia, Rosarno and Villa San Giovanni. 

To the seaside with Trenitalia

From Milan to Reggio Calabria in less than nine hours. For the summer, Trenitalia also reinforces the daytime connections with the South of Italy and introduces two Frecciarossa FAST Milan-Calabria services with travel times of 7 hours and 20 minutes for Lamezia Terme and 8 hours and 40 minutes for Reggio Calabria. Intermediate stops include Bologna Centrale, Roma Termini, Napoli Afragola, Salerno, Paola, Lamezia Terme, Rosarno and Villa San Giovanni (with connections optimised for reaching Sicily).

In total, 16 Frecce trains shall run between Rome and Calabria, 2 between Venice and Calabria, 8 between Milan and Calabria and 2 between Bolzano and Calabria throughout the summer period.

There will also be more connections for the Adriatic coast. For the first time, Brescia will be directly connected with the Romagna Riviera and Le Marche, with a pair of Frecciarossa Brescia-Milan-Ancona trains, available each day and with intermediate stops in Milano Centrale, Bologna Centrale, Rimini, Riccione and Pesaro. On weekends, the new Frecciarossa Bolzano-Ancona connection is also available, with stops in Trento, Rovereto, Verona, Bologna, Rimini, Riccione, Cattolica, Pesaro and Senigallia. The Intercity offer from Bologna to Lecce has also been upped, with 6 connections each day thanks to the extension of a pair of Intercity Bologna-Bari trains now reaching Lecce. Between Bari and Lecce, the Intercity also stops in Polignano a Mare, Monopoli, Fasano, Ostuni and Brindisi.  The Intercity offer from Milan to Livorno was then bolstered with 10 connections per day due to the extension of a couple of Intercity Milan-La Spezia via Livorno with stops in Pisa, Viareggio, Massa Centro and Carrara Avenza.

Soon, 4 new Frecciabianca connections between Milan and Ponente Ligure will be available, with stops in Pavia, Voghera, Genova, Savona, Finale Ligure, Albenga, Alassio, Diano, Imperia, Sanremo and Ventimiglia.

The FRECCIALink network is also extended, offering passengers an integrated Freccia + bus ticket to reach their final destination. For the seaside, 6 new connections a day are available to head to the Argentario (Porto Santo Stefano and Porto Ercole) on weekends from the Orbetello station. FRECCIALink connections are additionally available for Sorrento from Napoli Afragola, for Piombino Marittima and Cecina from Firenze Santa Maria Novella and for the Salento coast thanks to the partnership between Trenitalia and Ferrovie del Sud Est. 

With the summer offering, the connections to the seaside with regional trains have likewise been further enhanced. Since 13 June, there are some 1,200 services. Amongst these are 112 daily connections from Florence to Pisa, 46 from Savona to Ventimiglia, 14 from Rome to Pisa, 52 from Naples to Salerno, 31 from Palermo to Cefalù, 16 from Milan to the Italian Riviera, 40 from Bari to Lecce, and 40 from Messina to Catania.

On vacation with Line and Link

The regional Line and Link connections have been confirmed, being special summer services activated to meet the needs of tourism or leisure and thus entice people to opt for the train for their travels during the holidays. The 17 Line services consist of train connections reaching the major Italian tourist resorts. The 28 Links are intermodal train + bus or train + ferry connections, thanks to which it is possible to reach the final destination by purchasing the entire trip with a single ticket. Amongst the innovations is the Cedri Line from Sapri to Cosenza, operating from 18 July and the Etruschi Line running as of 13 June between Pisa and Grosseto. In the North-West, it is possible to use the Cinque Terre Express that connects all the towns of the 5 Terre from Levanto to La Spezia or the Ponente Line that connects Turin to Ventimiglia, Savona, Albenga and Imperia. In the North-East, rather, the AlpeAdria Line makes one of the most evocative cycle paths in Italy reachable by train, with services including carriages entirely dedicated to the transport of bikes. In the Triveneto historical region, it is then possible to avail of the intermodal connections to Jesolo, Cortina, Lignano and to the Tre Cime di Lavaredo and Sottomarina di Chioggia.

Many seaside resorts on the Tyrrhenian side can also be reached on the Cilento Line (from Naples to Sapri) and the port of Civitavecchia with the dedicated Express service. In Calabria, in addition to the Tropea Line from Lamezia to Rosarno, the Soverato Line from Lamezia to Soverato is in operation as of 18 July. Likewise, on the Tyrrhenian coast, it is possible to reach the destinations of choice with the Links: Costiera Link and Cilento Link in Campania and Elba Link in Tuscany. On the Adriatic side, travellers can choose from amongst the Piceno Line from Ascoli to San Benedetto del Tronto, the Marche Line from Piacenza to the Marche coast, the Trabocchi Line to admire the evocative trabocchi from Pescara to Vasto, in addition to the Conero Link and further south, the Tremiti Link together with the many localities of Puglia (San Giovanni Rotondo, Vieste, Grotte di Castellana, Monopoli, and the areas of the Trulli and Salento) up to Basilicata with the Matera Link. On the islands, there are the Barocco Line from Syracuse to Donnafugata, the Cefalù Line from Punta Raisi to Cefalù, the Taormina Line from Catania to Letojanni and the Links to Taormina and Etna in Sardinia, along with the Golfo Aranci Line from Olbia to Golfo Aranci. Finally, there are many other places that can be reached thanks to the FS Italiane Group’s regional transport. Amongst the offerings are the Trasimeno Line from Perugia to Chiusi, the Assisi Link, Piediluco Link and Marmore Link in Umbria, as well as the Urbino Link and Fermo Link in Le Marche. In Lazio, the intermodal connections reach the Ville di Tivoli, the Abbey of Montecassino or Castel Gandolfo and as well as the Pontifical Villas. The same also goes for Campania, with the Caserta Link and Pompei Link.

By train to the mountains, hills, villages and cities of art

Connections to Valle d’Aosta, Trentino-Alto Adige and Lake Garda are increasing to allow mountain lovers to reach the main tourist destinations in complete comfort. During the summer, new Frecciarossa connections on the weekends between Milan, Trento and Bolzano depart in the morning from the Lombard capital and return in the evening, with intermediate stops in Brescia, Peschiera del Garda, Verona, Rovereto, Trento and Ora. In total, the summer timetable includes 10 Frecce trains per day travelling between Rome and Bolzano along with 2 Frecce trains per day between Milan and Bolzano.

Two new connections over the weekend – with a couple of Frecciarossa round-trips – travel from Naples, Rome, Florence, Bologna, Reggio Emilia and Milan to Oulx and Bardonecchia.

This summer, the Frecciarossa will also travel for the first time between Florence and Puglia, between Caserta, Benevento and Florence, and between Bologna and Milan – without needing to change trains! 

New for the 2021 summer timetable is the HS stop in Orte, which represents a development opportunity for the entire province of Viterbo, for Tuscia and Lazio. There will be two Frecciarossa trains connecting the main Italian cities with Orte, thus intercepting the streams of travellers from other locations such as Terni, Orvieto, Todi and Spoleto. The territories of Frosinone and Cassino are already included in the High Speed circuit, whilst the Frecciarossa stop in Chiusi-Chianciano Terme in Tuscany returns in the summer to reach the hills in the region’s south, the Val d’Orcia and the Chianti Senese. For the summer, there are also four non-stop Frecciarossa connections between Milano Central and Rome Termini, with a travel time of 2 hours and 59 minutes. Connections with FRECCIALink are likewise operative. New in summer 2021 are 7 daily connections (on weekends) to Sirmione from the Desenzano sul Garda station and to visit the pristine Valleys. Starting up again this summer are the FRECCIALinks to reach the most beautiful mountain resorts in Italy, such as Madonna di Campiglio with departure from the Trento station, Cortina d’Ampezzo from Venezia Mestre, Val Gardena da Bolzano, Val di Fassa and the Val di Fiemme from the Ora station. Confirmed are the routes to the cities of art (Assisi/Perugia from Florence and Potenza/Matera from Salerno).

Intermodality: connections with ports and airports

By choosing regional trains, it is possible to reach directly or via integrated train + bus a good 15 airports and 17 ports throughout Italy.

There are direct connections to the airports of Trieste, Roma Fiumicino, Cagliari Elmas, Palermo Punta Raisi, Ancona Falconara and Catania Fontanarossa and to the ports of Palermo Giachery, Genoa, Trieste Marittima, Messina Marittima, Piombino Marittima, Genoa, Villa San Giovanni, Cagliari, Golfo Aranci, Salerno, Savona, Bari, Termoli and the Venice Cruise Terminal.

The intermodal train + bus solution makes it easy to reach the airports of Treviso, Pisa, Florence, Roma Ciampino, Lamezia Terme, Naples, Verona, Olbia and Alghero as well as the ports of Civitavecchia, Naples and Formia without any hassle or the need for private transport.  

Special rates

For those who choose to stay in Italy and spend their holidays discovering the national territory, Trenitalia has dedicated offers in store for travelling aboard Frecce, Intercity and regional trains. For trips scheduled for summer 2021, special rates and reductions are available. To travel without bounds on all regional trains and to every destination on weekends, between noon on Fridays and noon on Mondays, there is the Estate Insieme (Summer Together) promo for 39 euro for four weekends or 99 euro for all weekends. Throughout summer 2021, children and teenagers aged up to 15 years travel free on regional trains with the Junior promo when accompanied by a fare-paying adult over 25. To organise a personalised tour to discover the Bel Paese via regional train, the summer timetable’s Promo Plus offers unlimited travel for 3 days at just 29 euro or for 5 days unlimited for 49 euro. If you have a regional pass, rather, two people can travel anywhere for the price of a single ticket.

Catering services

The catering services aboard the Frecce trains resumes, after having been temporarily suspended or limited due to the health emergency. The new EASY BISTRÒ catering service, available on the main Frecciarossa and Frecciargento connections with a particular focus on lunch and dinner times, allow you to comfortably consume complete menus or enjoy products from the bar/bistro in your seat, purchasing the goods directly from personnel passing through the carriages or by placing an order through the FRECCE Portal and paying for your goods on delivery.

Integrated mobility

Trenitalia strengthens the integration of train travel with other modes of transport to ensure the development of sustainable tourism and urban mobility. With a single Trenitalia + SNAV combined ticket, it is possible to reach Naples by train then board the SNAV fast ships for the Aeolian Islands and the islands throughout the Gulf of Naples.

Particular attention is also paid to soft mobility. Those who use the train for longer journeys can avail of bicycles, electric scooters and other ecological vehicles for the first and last mile to and from the stations. Folding bicycles and scooters (electric and non-electric), hoverboards and unicycles can also be taken aboard regional trains at no extra cost. The dimensions permitted have even been expanded to include the maximum number of bicycles on the market. In addition, on the new regional Rock and Pop trains, there are more spaces dedicated to two-wheelers and charging ports for electric vehicles. There are likewise spaces for bicycles on the Intercity trains.

There are a whole host of services offered by Trenitalia thanks to the collaboration with the operators of shared mobility. Partnerships have been activated with Bird and Helbiz, as operators of sharing services for scooters and electric bikes, with Cooltra, an e-scooter sharing operator present in Rome and Milan, and with Wetaxi, the taxi-calling app. 

And in 25 cities, there is also a partnership with the BicinCittà bike sharing service. Thanks to the agreement with Fiab, regional transport customers can benefit from a minimum discount of 10% in any of the Albergabici hotels. Trenitalia customers who rent a car after travelling on board the Frecce, Intercity, Intercity Notte, Eurocity or Euronight trains can also avail of the exclusive offers from AVIS Budget Group.

What’s more, a plethora of new services will be activated in the summer, designed to support the restart of tourism: make luggage easy with Zyppy.it – the new baggage-forwarding service allows Trenitalia customers to travel light as their baggage awaits them directly at their destination – by taking advantage of exclusive rates dedicated to Trenitalia customers. Then there is the new luggage storage service with Stow Your Bags, offering automated lockers in deposits located near the stations, where luggage can be left so you can fully and freely enjoy the beauty of Italian cities, taking advantage of discounted rates dedicated to Trenitalia customers and to CartaFRECCIA holders.