Rail Plus offers live bookings for Europe’s newest high-speed rail network

Saturday, 01 September 2012

Rail Plus is now offering live bookings for services on Italo, the new and ultra-modern Italian high-speed rail network.

Owned by Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV), the first private rail company on the Italian high-speed network, Italo's fleet of new-generation Alstom AGV trains are now complementing and directly competing with government-owned Trenitalia's Frecciarossa trains, providing Australian travellers with a greater choice of departures and fares.

Italo's 300km/h services operate between Milan and Napoli via Bologna, Florence and Rome, as well as a non-stop Milan-Rome journey that extends to Salerno.

In October the company will add its first services between Rome and Venice, with stops in Florence, Bologna and Padova, and extend its Milan-Rome service north to Torino.

With the addition of the Rome-Venice service Italo will operate from 12 stations in Italy, including two in Rome - Tiburtina, a hub for high-speed trains, located close to Roma Termini; and Ostiense, gateway to Roma Fiumicino Airport, making it a fast and convenient option for business travellers.

In Milan the trains depart from Rogoredo station, located close to Linate airport, and Porta Garibaldi station in the city's new fashion district, two stops by Metro to Milano Central, offering ideal connections with TGV France-Italy trains.

Each of Italo's brand new AGV trains offers 11 coaches and 450 luxurious leather seats, featuring individual electric sockets.

The trains' stylish interiors - designed by Italy's legendary Guigiario studio - includes spacious overhead compartments and storage areas between coaches, with passengers also enjoying free WiFi, a choice of onboard entertainment (including live television) and self-service vending machines.

Three classes of service (or "ambiences") are available on Italo journeys: Smart, Prima and Club. Passengers are served by English speaking staff and on-board catering is available in Club and Prima classes.

Italo also operates Casa Italo service centers in every station it serves, with English-speaking staff providing passengers with information and assistance.

Each Casa Italo provides sofas and comfortable seating, free WI-FI, electric sockets and touch screens offering the latest departure and arrival times. The Casa Italo centers in Roma Ostiense and Milano Porta Garibaldi stations also incorporate a VIP lounge for Club travellers.

Prices for Italo's Milan-Rome journey start from $65 for a 14-day advance purchase fare in Smart class.

Tickets for the new services can be booked through Rail Plus, with fares available up to 50 days before departure.

For more information please visit www.railplus.com.au.

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