A Frecciarossa train to Florence & Milan at Rome Stazione Termini

An ETR 600 Frecciargento at Venice Santa Lucia...

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Venice to Rome by Frecciargento...

Trenitalia is Italy's national train operator.  Their front-rank trains are the 300 km/h Frecciarossas, and the next rank down are their fast tilting Frecciargento trains which can reach 250 km/h (155 mph) on Italy's new high-speed lines.  Frecciargento means silver arrow, and Frecciargentos operate on the Venice-Bologna-Florence-Rome & Verona-Bologna-Florence-Rome routes plus a few others.  Rome to Venice now takes as little as 3 hours 45 minutes by train, the trains on this route being a mixture of Frecciargentos and Frecciarossas.

Where do Frecciargentos run?

small bullet point  Venice - Bologna - Florence - Rome (Frecciarossa 500 & 1000 also operate this route)

small bullet point  Verona - Bologna - Florence - Rome

small bullet point  Rome Caserta - Bari Lecce

small bullet point  Genoa - La Spezia - Pisa - Rome

small bullet point  Milan - Bologna - Rimini - Ancona

What are Frecciargentos like?

Several types of train operate Frecciargento services.  Frecciarossas have four classes, but Frecciargentos retain just the normal 2 classes, 1st & 2nd, plus a cafe-bar. 

On the Venice-Florence-Rome route it's usually the ETR600 type shown below.

ETR600 train forming Venice to Rome Frecciargento

An ETR600 train about to form the 13:25 Venice to Rome Frecciargento.

Frecciargento train 1st class seats   Frecciargento train 1st class seats

1st class on an ETR600 Frecciargento. Larger photo.


2nd class on an ETR600 Frecciargento.  Larger photo.

Frecciargento cafe-bar   Frecciargento luggage rack

The cafe-bar on an ETR600 Frecciargento...


Luggage just goes on the racks...

Frecciargento cafe-bar   Frecciargento luggage rack

Entrance steps to an ETR600...


A wedge-nosed ETR480, a different type of Frecciargento...

On the Milan - Verona - Venice route, Frecciargento services are usually operated by ETR700 trains.  These were built by Ansaldo-Breda for the ill-fated Fyra high-speed services between Brussels & Amsterdam, suitable refitted and repainted for service in Italy.  They appear to work better in their home country!

ETR700 Frecciargento, ex-Fyra

An ETR700 ex-FYRA train with its distinctive dog-like snout...  Courtesy of Discoverbyrail.com.

Luggage on Frecciargento trains

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