MILAN, ITALY / AGILITYPR.NEWS / December 04, 2023 / WINTER EXPERIENCE: ALL THE LATEST WAYS OF TRAVELLING AROUND ITALY AND EUROPE
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New links to ski resorts and tourist destinations in the mountains, more travel solutions seamlessly integrated with train, bus and air connections, and tailor-made promotions for families and young people: these are just some of the new features of the Winter Experience 2023 from the Passenger Hub of the Ferrovie dello Stato Italiano Group, made up of Trenitalia, Busitalia, Ferrovie del Sud Est and FS Treni Turistici Italiani.
The Winter Experience offer kicks off from December 10th, with the addition of brand new solutions geared towards developing an increasingly comprehensive, efficient and sustainable approach to mobility. All in all, there are 24,000 national train and bus connections running every day, as well as 13,000 daily connections in and around Europe. We have improved the cross-border offer between Italy, Switzerland, Austria and Germany, with Intercity, Intercity Notte, Eurocity and Euronight offering passengers around 170 connections a day. What’s more, Friday December 15th heralds the arrival of Espresso Cadore, a new overnight train that will link Rome with Cortina d’Ampezzo: this marks the first foray of FS Treni Turistici Italiani, a new company within the FS Group created with the mission of offering rail services designed specifically for high-quality, sustainable tourism with a focus on rediscovering all the delights that Italy has to offer. The new releases for the winter season were presented in Milan by Luigi Corradi, CEO and Managing Director of Trenitalia.
Luigi Corradi, CEO of Trenitalia
“The Winter Experience is everything rolled into one: tourism, but also business. We plan to continue supporting companies whose staff need to travel for business, namely with a whole host of offers giving them the opportunity to take the train at the lowest possible cost. Plus, of course, tourism, which is crucial. So what does the Winter Experience mean? It means creating offers that, for example, ferry more people into mountain resorts by train. Until just a few years ago, the idea of getting on a train for a ski outing, bringing your skis, boots and equipment with you was perhaps not unthinkable, but certainly very challenging indeed. Today, however, the world is changing: many people have asked us for a way to reach ski resorts such as Cortina, Calalzo, San Candido, Bardonecchia and Sauze d’Oulx by train, so you will see the offer grow considerably due to this demand, too”.
Pietro Diamantini, Trenitalia’s High-Speed Business Unit Director
“This year, with super fast trains, we are constantly reducing the journey time between Rome and Milan - currently 2 hours and 50 minutes - consequently also shortening the duration of the Naples-Turin route, which forms the main thoroughfare of the High-Speed line. We have increased the connections between Rome and Milan - currently sitting at one hundred - as well as bolstering the North-South connection running between Turin and Naples. Once again this year, we confirm that we will be using Frecciarossa trains for overnight journeys during the Christmas period, in light of their great success last year. So we will be rolling these out again not just for Christmas, but also for Easter. An excellent offer for everyone, with promotions making journeys easy to plan, as well as more affordable”.
Luigi Cantamessa, CEO of Treni Turistici Italiani
“Treni Turistici Italiani is a fully-fledged start-up within the Passenger Hub and the FS Group. The inaugural journey is scheduled for December 15th, on a relatively short route: Rome-Cortina d’Ampezzo. It will depart at 9.40pm, but passengers will be able to board 40 minutes before departure. This will allow them time to get comfortable in the sleeper car or the couchette car, enjoy dinner in the dining car, or have a drink at the bar, which will be open all night. In the morning, breakfast will be served in the dining car or delivered directly to the sleepers. The train will arrive in Calalzo at 8am, and each FS TTI carriage will be assigned its own coach. In just 45 minutes, departing directly from Calalzo station (which is the end of the line), passengers will be transported right into the heart of spectacular Cortina d’Ampezzo”.