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For years, Italians have complained about the service of the Italian trains with late cancellations and disruptions. The times have changed and now the efficiency and frequency of Italian trains has improved considerably. Since 2011, the service has been provided by either Trenitalia or NTV Italo Train. These two companies offer a variety of train options, with local and long-distance journeys as well as regional and high-speed trains. While trains in Italy are not always considered the most inexpensive in Europe, there are often a range of fares available, with various promotions and discounts.
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Trenitalia, Italo and High-speed Train Services
Despite the opening up of the rail service industry as initiated by law in 2000, the monopoly of Trenitalia lasted until 2011 when another operator, Italo Train, entered the market. This being said, in Italy trains are still provided mostly by Trenitalia. Italo Train only offers high-speed connections between major Italian cities such as Rome, Naples, Milan, Florence, Bologna and Venice. Trenitalia services have both First class and Second class carriages, whilst Italo have done away with class and have come up with a system of four different "Ambiences": Smart, eXtra Large, Prima and Club Executive.
The train network both within Italy and in its surrounding neighbour countries is extensive and is served by a large variety of train types. Regional trains run with regular and express service, connecting small regional towns with larger urban centres, and you'll find high-speed intercity trains between Italy’s largest cities. There are also a number of long-distance trains and overnight trains that travel the span of the country as well as international trains that take travellers further in Europe.
Many companies operate modern fleets with comfortable, reclining seats, wifi and air-conditioning. Compare the services available.
Further facilities and services may vary according to the transport company and country of operation. For more detailed information about providers, please refer to our comprehensive list of luggage restrictions.