Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European rail products in North America, announces the launch of Trenitalia's new Milan-to-Rome high-speed rail link. The new line shaves an hour off this popular route, connecting Italy's political and financial capitals in just three hours and 30 minutes.
The new route establishes Milan as Italy's main point of connection with Europe's larger high-speed rail network, for the benefit of business and leisure travelers alike. Milan is currently served by Artesia trains from Paris, Cisalpino from Basel, Bern and Geneva, Riviera from Nice and Elipsos overnight trains from Barcelona.
Trenitalia's ETR500 AV Red Arrow Train, which will service the new route and will be available for reservations on agent.raileurope.com in January 2009, was designed by famed Italian automotive designer, Giorgetto Giugiaro. The Red Arrow reaches a maximum velocity of 186 miles an hour (300 kilometers an hour), offering rail travelers in Italy an equivalent level of speed, service and convenience as other European countries.