The competition is hot
There’s a reason Italy’s new high-speed train is so sexy. Italo was an initiative between Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo and Tod’s owner Diego Della Valle (of fine-leather-bag-and-shoe fame). Its the country’s first privately-owned train and it wants to give state-operated Trenitalia a run for its money. Each of its (eventual) 25 trains in Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori’s fleet will feature 11 cars with a total capacity of 460 passengers. The trains will travel at 300 kilometres per hour and will include (free) live TV, (free) Wi-Fi and even a cinema carriage with eight 19-inch high-def screens (not so free). It’ll serve nine cities via 12 stations: Turin, Milan, Venice, Padova, Bologna, Florence, Rome, Naples and Salerno. Service has already begun on the Milan-Naples line with stops in Bologna, Florence and Rome. There are three price tiers: smart, club and prima. You can purchase tickets at self-serve machines or online at italotreno.it. [CC]
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