Travelling on an Italo train
Italo is the flagship train from Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV), a privately-owned rail operator created to compete with state-owned Trenitalia in Italy. Nicknamed the "Ferrari" train, its bright red exterior, strong branding and plush leather seating meant that Italo launched to much fanfare in 2012.
The Italo fleet consists of modern, high-speed trains that can reach speeds of up to 360 km/h as they travel on Italy’s major intercity routes. Currently, Italo operates three services: Turin-Salerno, Brescia-Naples and Venice-Salerno, with intermediate stops at Milan, Bologna, Florence and Rome among others. The company also operates summer services to Rimini.
The trains have leather seating and ample legroom throughout, free Wi-Fi facilities, and power sockets for all passengers. Italo does not have classes, but four ‘ambiences’ – Standard, Premium, Business and Executive – that offer various features and benefits. Seat reservations are compulsory and are included in the price of tickets. Luggage can be stored under or above your seat or in the luggage racks.
Seating and sleeping on Italo
Italo’s Standard ambience (called Smart) is the most economical choice, but still quite classy, featuring reclining leather seats, fold-down tables, power sockets and free Wi-Fi. Most seating is in airline-style, unidirectional seats with a pair of seats on either side of the aisle. There are two tables for four in each carriage.
Food and drink on Italo
Travellers may purchase espresso coffee, cold drinks and snacks from self-service vending machines located in carriage 7 in Standard and carriage 3 in Business ambience.