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by Simone Cosimi, edited by Paola Cipriani
The summer schedule of Trenitalia. The declared objective is to go “beyond the train journey” with increasingly integrated connections with other means of transport, to reach tourist destinations, including the smaller villages. What is called Summer Experience 2022 was presented today by the company’s CEO, Luigi Corradi, underlining that the goal is “to encourage the choice of train by looking at the experience of travel in its entirety” with a proposal “increasingly convenient, multimodal and sustainable”. “Compared to the period of Covid – says Corradi – we have made an effort to reduce costs by increasing promotions. Today we cost about 10% less, while all other ways of traveling have increased prices”.
The summer package includes: over 240 Frecce per day, with 23 new stops in tourist resorts; 124 Intercity with 75 new stops, and 6,800 regional connections with the confirmation of the ‘Link’ connections (train + bus or train + ship). Connections abroad are also increasing, with the Frecciarossa Milan-Paris and Paris-Lyon, and with Eurocity and Euronight for Switzerland, Austria and Germany.
The main element of the summer plan is the strengthening of the modal integration between the means of transport managed by the companies of the new Passenger hub of the FS Group: Frecce, Intercity, regional trains of Trenitalia and Ferrovie del Sud Est and buses of Busitalia. For example, it is possible to reach the Ligurian coast, the Adriatic coast and the towns overlooking the Tyrrhenian Sea by train and bus, from Tuscany to Calabria with more trains and stops and, in some cases, with the availability of more seats. on board. In particular, the offer of Arrows between Milan and Rome with eight new daily Frecciarossa, reaching 86 Frecciarossa a day connecting the Lombard capital and the capital. Not only that, even more speed between the two metropolises, with two new non-stop connections that lead to 6 Frecciarossa trains per day that take less than three hours between the two cities. Connections between Naples and Milan are also increasingly frequent and fast, with six new Frecciarossa trains making up a total offer of 67 trains per day. Crossing the borders, it should be remembered that with the Frecciarossa 1000 it is also possible to reach Lyon and Paris in about 7 hours with two departures a day, early in the morning and in the early afternoon.
by Simone Cosimi, edited by Paola Cipriani
Two further connections will be activated between Paris and Lyon, which become six from 1 June. The number of Eurocity and Euronight will also grow, with more connections than in the pre-covid period. With Eurocity it is possible to arrive in Switzerland thanks to 40 connections a day, with 10 pairs of trains that connect Milan to Zurich in 3 hours and 17 minutes (of which a pair from / to Venice, 1 from / to Genoa and 1 from / for Bologna, 6 pairs of trains connecting Milan to Basel starting from 4 hours and 12 minutes, including 1 pair from Frankfurt and 4 pairs of trains connecting Milan to Geneva in 4 hours, including 1 pair from / to Venice) .
Connections in Sicily and throughout the Ionian coast have also been strengthened. Passengers can also use the train to reach the mountains, traveling for example at night between Rome and Bolzano. Or, for those who choose High Speed, there are 12 Arrows that allow you to reach the tourist resorts around the mountains of Bolzano. The summer can continue towards lakes and archaeological sites on board regional trains also connected by buses: from Lake Garda to the villas in Lazio up to the excavations of Pompeii in Campania. One of the missions of the passenger hub is also to unite the three gates of the country: railway stations, airports and ports. To reach the islands or fly to your destination, direct or combined train + bus and train + ship or ferry connections are available to 18 ports and 17 airports throughout Italy. News on the subject, the introduction of Frecce between Rome Fiumicino airport and Naples, in addition to the Frecce from / to Venice, Padua, Bologna, Florence, and the experimentation of a service that will allow passengers to check-in and luggage directly at the departure train station.
Trenitalia also supports the campaign against the abandonment of dogs this year: until 15 September, four-legged friends travel for free on board Frecce and Intercity every day of the week. On board the Regional trains, the dog on a leash now travels with no time limits, with a ticket, which can also be purchased on Trenitalia digital channels, reduced by 50% compared to the ordinary rate. Small pets travel for free in the pet carrier on board all Trenitalia trains. Finally, the support of the “Passengers” pole to the world of art, culture, entertainment and sport is confirmed, bringing fans to the great live musical concerts scheduled from North to South and supporting the most important sporting events of the season.
In terms of concessions, the new Frecce summer promo offer is worth mentioning, which allows you to travel on Frecciarossa and Frecciargento with consistent base prices. Those who book a return trip on the same day on Saturday are entitled to a special price with 70% discounts. 50% discount, on the other hand, for round trips from Monday to Friday in the same week. Reductions of up to 50% are then provided with the offers me & you, young (for young people up to 30 years) and senior (for over 60). For group travel with family or friends with the offer together, discounts of 35% to 50% are available. By purchasing the refund option, tickets purchased in economy and superconomy rates are refundable at 90% up to two days before departure.
For foreign tourists, the novelty is the Trenitalia Pass, an offer starting from 129 euros, available in digital format and valid on Frecce and Intercity, which also provides additional discounts for young people and seniors and allows children to travel for free. The pass, available in 3 types (easy, comfort and executive), allows you to choose whether to make 3 or 4 trips in 7 days, 7 trips in 15 days or 10 trips in 30 days. Discounts of up to 50% also for traveling with the family on board the Intercity night with the Family Icn offer. With the free children offer, children up to 15 years of age travel without paying on board Frecce and Intercity.
by Simone Cosimi
On regional trains, from 29 May to 26 September 2022, it is possible to take advantage of the Junior offer with which children up to 15 years of age travel for free every day of the week if accompanied by an adult over 25. Also in the same period it is available the summer offer together with 39 euros for unlimited travel anywhere on board regional trains from 12 noon on Friday to 12 noon on the following Monday for 4 consecutive weekends. For those who, on the other hand, want to discover the wonders of the Peninsula aboard regional trains, the Italia in tour offer is available: unlimited travel for 3 days at 29 euros (15 euros for children from 4 to 12 years) or for 5 days at 49 euros (25 euros for children from 4 to 12 years old).
On 12 June, in conjunction with the Summer Experience, the new Facebook profile for the Trenitalia region will also start. A page that will tell the news of local transport, with travel advice, insights and curiosities on the most evocative places in the beautiful country that can be reached by train and which will offer, from 7 to 21 every day of the week, assistance service to passengers in real time.
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