Under the leadership of its charismatic CEO Massimo Moretti, Italian railways have become one of the most modern and complete high-speed rail networks in the world. The easiest, most reliable and greenest way to travel from city centre to city centre is by train. Trenitalia’s fleet of high-speed trains are called “Frecce”, which means arrow in English, travel at up to 300 Km per hour making a comfortable day trip from Rome to Florence or Naples a reality. You can be in either city in less than 80 minutes – not bad hey? Booking on line is also in English and you can even receive your ticket on your mobile phone if you don’t have a printer handy.
A lot of architectural genius went into Italian train stations when they had their last heyday some 80 - 100 years ago. Rome’s Termini Station was no exception. Above the platforms on the second floor of the Mazzoniana Wing at Rome’s Termini Station is a hall bearing the same name. The hall is as true an example of 1930’s Italian architecture as you could ever hope to find. Today, the whole wing has been completely restored and opened up to once again offer the public a vast collection of shops and services, including housing contemporary art exhibitions on behalf of the Galleria Nazionale d’Arte Moderna. The success of high-speed rail is resulting in a second wave of railway building brilliance, with the world’s top architects having won tenders for new high-speed stations due for construction in several major cities, including Rome.
Italian railways site www.ferroviedellostato.it/homepage_en.html
To use online booking you need to register on the site.
Termini Station / Stazione Termini, Piazza dei Cinquecento - Centre of the city
Tiburtina Station / Stazione Tiburtina, Va dello scalo Tiburtina - East of the city
Tusculana Station / Stazione Tuscolana, Via Mestre - South of the city
Trastevere Station / Stazione Trastevere, Piazza Flavio Biondo - South west of the city
St. Peters Station / Stazione San Pietro, Clivio di Monte del Gallo - North west of the city
If you would like your tour guide to book you tickets in conjunction with an out of Rome tour then why not ask them..
A good benchmark for a high speed train travel is 15 Euro for every 100 Km (60 miles) so Rome – Florence at 280 Km (170 miles) costs 44 Euro each way. However, when booking 30 to 15 days before there are sizable discounts on ticket prices. To use online booking you need to register on the site.