Catania, 8 November 2021
The Frecciabianca lands in Sicily. For the first time, one of the Trenitalia (FS Italiane Group) Freccia trains will hit the Sicilian tracks, travelling from Palermo to Messina via Caltanissetta, Enna and Catania, connecting the island with the High Speed system.
A preview of the Frecciabianca was given at the Catania Centrale station, in the presence of Giancarlo Cancelleri – Undersecretary of State at the Ministry of Sustainable Infrastructure and Mobility, Marco Falcone – Councillor for Infrastructure and Mobility of the Sicilian Region, Salvo Pogliese – the Mayor of Catania, and Luigi Corradi – CEO and General Director of Trenitalia.
The Frecciabianca is set to make its first journey on Sunday, 14 November, departing from Palermo at 7:08 am and stopping at Caltanissetta Xirbi (8:35 am), Enna (8:59 am) and Catania (10:15 am) before arriving in Messina at 11:23 am. For the return trip, the Frecciabianca will depart from Messina at 3:10 pm, with stops in Catania (4:13 pm), Enna (5:23 pm) and Caltanissetta Xirbi (5:46 pm) before arriving in Palermo at 7:30 pm.
To speed up travel times between Sicily and the High Speed network, there is an interchange in Messina with the high-speed Blu Jet vessels. From Messina, the 11:50 am hydrofoil will guarantee passengers a connection with the Frecciarossa 9658, departing from Villa San Giovanni and bound for Milan, with stops in Naples, Rome, Bologna and Milan. For the return trip, rather, the Frecciabianca shall depart from Messina at 3:10 pm, guaranteeing that passengers may continue from Rome to Villa San Giovanni on the Frecciargento 8333, which will then ferry passengers on the Blu Jet high-speed vessel at 2:00 pm.
Tickets can already be purchased on all Trenitalia sales systems.