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Travel On Train Frecciarossa (Frecce) (Italy)
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Frecciarossa (Frecce) (Italy)

If you will be taking a journey by these Frecciarossa trains our guide will tell you all you need to know, from boarding, to making the most of the journey experience.

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At a Glance

Travel Pass Supplement

Rail Pass Reservation Fees
Reservations

Compulsory
Time of Day

Day
Catering

Food services available

Bar (sandwiches, snacks, salads)
Accessibility

Accessing the train

Wheelchair Spaces
Train Specification

Attributes of the train

Has a Conductor
High Speed (partial)
High Speed
Travel Comforts

Power Socket
WiFi
Country

Which country these trains operate in.

Italy
Travel Passes
Eurail
InterRail

On Board

Executive

Perks
At Seat Catering

According to the time of day of travel, passengers will be able to choose from a menu of catering options, which will then be served at their seats.

WiFi

A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket

The power sockets in Frecciarossa trains are compatible only with Italian 3-pin plugs and NOT standard E.U. plugs.

Welcome drinks:

Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served, choices will include coffee, orange juice and prosecco.

The travel experience:

Executive Class on Frecciarossa train services lives up to its name and was evidently inspired by what airlines offer First Class travellers on long-haul flights.

All the seats are armchair style, so passengers won't be sat next to each other, but some seats are opposite others to make for easy conversation if so desired.
Seats can also be rotated so that they are facing the direction of travel

A catering attendant will also serve food and drinks.

Executive ticket holders can access the Frecciaclub travel lounges at stations and will be welcomed on board and shown to their seats.

Business

Perks
Welcome drinks:

Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served, choices will include coffee, orange juice and prosecco.

WiFi

A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket

The power sockets in Frecciarossa trains are compatible only with Italian 3-pin plugs and NOT standard E.U. plugs.

At Seat Catering

According to the time of day of travel, passengers will be able to choose from a menu of catering options, which will then be served at their seats.

The travel experience:
Business Class seating saloon on a Frecciarossa train Business Class seating saloon on a Frecciarossa train

The ambience of the Business Class on Frecciarossa trains is similar to the travelling experience in First Class on Europe's other premium express train services, as the exceptionally comfortable seats are arranged 2 + 1 across the aisle.

Some of the table seats (groups of 4 seats) are partially enclosed, similar to compartment seats, so offer greater privacy and are recommended for group / family travel.

Quiet Zone seats are available, so if travelling in these coaches would be your preference, look out for 'Business Area Silenzio' when booking tickets.

In addition to a complimentary welcome drink and snacks (not served on Saturdays), the catering staff can also serve a selection of sandwiches and light meals on request, those these additional food and drink items have to be paid for prior to leaving the train.

The luggage accommodation is particularly generous in Business Class, medium to large suitcases can be stowed under and between the seats, plus luggage racks are also available.
Quiet Zones are available in Business

If you will be travelling with a First Class InterRail or Eurail pass and make a reservation to travel on a Frecciarossa train service, your allocated seats will be in Business Class.

Premium

Perks
WiFi

A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket

The power sockets in Frecciarossa trains are compatible only with Italian 3-pin plugs and NOT standard E.U. plugs.

Welcome drinks:

Complimentary drinks and snacks will be served, choices will include coffee, orange juice and prosecco.

At Seat Catering

According to the time of day of travel, passengers will be able to choose from a menu of catering options, which will then be served at their seats.

The travel experience:
Premium Class on a Frecciarossa train Premium Class on a Frecciarossa train

The seats in Premium Class are mainly grouped around tables (4 seats per table) as the leather clad seats are arranged 2+2 across the aisle, so the majority of seats line up with windows.

In addition to a complimentary welcome drink and snacks (not served on Saturdays), the catering staff can also serve a selection of sandwiches and light meals on request, those these additional food and drink items have to be paid for prior to leaving the train.

The luggage accommodation is more generous than in Standard Class. medium sized suitcases can be stowed under and between the seats. Luggage racks are also available at one end of the coach.

Standard

Perks
WiFi

A complimentary WiFi portal is available throughout this train.

Power Socket

The power sockets in Frecciarossa trains are compatible only with Italian 3-pin plugs and NOT standard E.U. plugs.

The travel experience
Standard (Second) Class seating saloon on a Frecciarossa train Standard (Second) Class seating saloon on a Frecciarossa train

On Frecciarossa trains Standard Class lives up to its name, as would be expected with three other classes of accommodation available, the ambience in these coaches can feel comparatively cramped.
Though it has a similar legroom and seat heights to the 2nd class / Standard Class on other European express trains.

However, the luggage storage space is comparatively limited in Standard Class on a Frecciarossa train, if you will have large items of luggage with you, traveling in Premium or Business can make for a much easier journey.

Quiet Zone seats are available, so if travelling in these coaches would be your preference, look out for 'Standard Area Silenzio' when booking tickets.

Another Frecciarossa train awaits departure from Venice Another Frecciarossa train awaits departure from Venice
Info screens are suspend from the ceilings in all coaches Info screens are suspend from the ceilings in all coaches
The tables in the bar car The tables in the bar car
The tables on these trains can be opened up, in this image they are closed The tables on these trains can be opened up, in this image they are closed

Frecciarossa travel guide:

These rather fabulous high speed ‘Red Arrow’ AV* trains, which travel up to 300 km/h, were the pinnacle of the services provided by the Italian national rail operator, Trenitalia.
(*AV = 'Alta Velocita' - the English translation is 'high speed').

However, they have now been knocked off the top perch of Italian train services, by the newer Frecciarossa 1000 trains.
Note that the Frecciarossa and the Frecciarossa 1000 are different trains, though the travel experience by them is similar in terms of on board services and speed, but the Frecciarossa 100 have a sleeker design.

Routes:

These trains operate some services on the Torino - Salerno high speed line, mainly the slower Trenitalia high speed services that call at both Bologna Centrale AND Firenze S.M.Novella.

In addition to the services on the Torino – Salerno high speed line (some of which now extend to Reggio di Calabria via Villa San Giovanni), Frecciarossa trains now also operate on these routes;

  • Venezia – Bologna – Firenze – Roma - Napoli
  • Rome/Roma – Verona – Trento – Bolzano
  • Torino - Milano – Bologna – Rimini – Ancona – Bari
  • Milano - Parma - Modena - Bologna – Rimini – Ancona – Bari - Lecce (no part this route is high-speed)
  • Trieste - Venezia – Padova - Vicenza - Verona - Brescia - Milano - Torino (the daily direct on this route to and from Trieste)
  • Torino - Milano - Bologna - Firenze - Arezzo - Perugia

On board facilities:

These four things are particularly worth knowing:

(1) The on board announcements will be Italian followed by English.

(2) The power sockets in Frecciarossa trains are compatible only with Italian 3-pin plugs and NOT standard E.U. plugs.

(3) There are info screens in each coach with a rotating display of info, some of which show the next calling point and whether the train is on time

(4) The Wi-Fi isn't particularly reliable, though if you can log on, you can also access the Frecce entertainment portal.

Reservations:

Seats will be automatically assigned when booking tickets - but if you book on the Trenitalia website, it will give you an option for choosing a specific seat(s) from a seating plan.
However, there is now a €2 surcharge for using this facility, no matter which class of service you will be choosing to travel by.

Rail pass users will need to reserve prior to boarding - reservations can be booked at ticket counters or by using Trenitalia branded ticket machines OR online on the ItaliaRail website.

More info on how to book these rail pass reservations is available HERE

Boarding:

Five things that are good to know:

(1) Before boarding, check the carrozza/coach number on your ticket, as this will make getting on to the train much easier.
At some stations that Frecciarossa trains call at, there will be information screens on the platform/binario - which indicate where to wait for the doors to a specific coach.

Where there aren’t any such info screens, the best option can be wait in the middle of the binario (platform) and then locate your carrozza/coach when the train arrives.
If need be, board by the nearest door that you can get to before the train departs, and then walk through the train to find your seat.

(2) On the outside of the trains, the carrozza/coach numbers (and the destination information) is displayed on an electronic display - on these Frecciarossa trains this screen is to the right of the door,.

(3) A number 2 on the door indicates a standard/2nd class coach, while all three classes of 1st class accommodation are indicated by a 1 on the door.

(4) As all seats are reserved, there is no need to rush to board (particularly if you are in the zone on the binari/platform where your carrozza/coach will come to a halt).

(5) When you enter the carrozza/coach, what you won’t see is any indication of between which stations the seat is reserved for.
All you have to do is look for the seat number - they have a combination of letters and numbers - seat 16A etc.
What can be confusing is that THE NUMBERS are on the wall of the coach, beneath the luggage racks, but the LETTERS are above the seats

Catering:

If you are travelling in anything but Standard class, there will be a trolley service of complimentary snacks and drinks – prosecco is one of the options.
If you ask for a coffee with milk, you will be served a shot of expresso with a drop of milk in it.

Frecciarossa trains have no restaurant cars, so the only food and drink sold on board is available from the bar coach.
Travel in anything but Standard Class and you can order a limited menu at your seat, but the full range of options is only available in the bar coach.

The selection of food (mainly sandwiches and salads) isn’t the best and queues can build up at the counter, so taking your own food/drink on board with you is recommended.

Bicycles:

Folding bikes can be taken on board as hand luggage.

NON- folding bikes must be disassembled and placed in travel cases, that need to be shown to the conductor, or platform staff prior to boarding.
They need to be stowed in a specific part of the train and the conductor/platform staff will show you where.

Comparison summary of Frecce services:

If you need or would prefer to depart and arrive at specific times, then it's best to choose the departure which suits you and not be concerned about the specific type of Frecce train you will be travelling by - these Frecciarossa trains offer a comparatively good travel experience.

When booking tickets online on Trenitalia, depending on the route you will be taking, you may see that some departures will ALSO be by Frecciarossa 1000 or Frecciargento trains.
The type of train won’t affect the ticket prices - it is demand per departure that will dictate whether the cheaper discounted tickets are still available.

For most travellers it won’t particularly matter what type of train you choose, though the Frecciargento trains can feel more cramped than Frecciarossa trains.
However, if you can be flexible with your departure time and you will be travelling Business or Executive Class and want to experience the ultimate in high speed train travel, then choose the Frecciarossa 1000 trains.

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