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A man reads a newspaper in a Freccia Rossa high-speed train near Naples on November 24, 2011. The new Freccia Rossa with four different classes, executive, business, premium and standard will be operating from November 25. AFP PHOTO / GABRIEL BOUYS (Photo by GABRIEL BOUYS / AFP)

Frecciarossa High Speed Train Service Will Launch in December

Beginning in December travelers will be able to take one of Italy’s high-speed trains directly to and from Rome airport without going into the city center. Starting on December 18th, Frecciarossa fast trains will connect the capital’s main Fiumicino airport with Florence, Pisa, La Spezia, Genoa and Venice. While the cities are already linked by rail, running the high-speed line via the airport will save inbound travelers a trip across town to either Termini or Tiburtina station on the other side of Rome.

There are plans to introduce similar services to and from Milan’s Malpensa airport from 2019 for an enhanced, integrated transport network between Italy’s airports, train stations and ports. In addition to the airport line, there are plans to increase the number of high-speed trains between Milan and Rome from December, adding an early-morning service that will get passengers from Italy’s second city to its first by 8:30 am. There will be extra trains on weekends between Rome and Bari, including non-stop services that cut the journey to just three and a half hours, while people travelling to Puglia from the north-west will be able to go direct from Turin to Lecce for the first time.