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Riding the Frecciarossa From Rome to Naples

August 22, 2015

Air Malta cancelled my direct flight from Malta to Naples without prior notice.
Luckily I was able to find a (cheaper) easyJet flight from Malta to Rome and I had booked online for the Italian high-speed train from Rome to Naples.
This is my recollection of the Italian high-speed train, the Frecciarossa...

This high-speed (bullet-) train ride was worth writing an article, I reckoned... It somewhat compensated me for the cancelled flight.

Italy has 4 types of high-speed trains: the Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, Frecciablanca and the Italo. And I was lucky enough to ride the Frecciarossa.

Frecciarossa from Rome to Naples

My Italian "bullet train" - the Frecciarossa ("red arrow", literally)

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I took this train ride in May 2011, but at the time I'm posting this article (August 2015), the US still has no high-speed rail system (there are plans/projects for building one, though).

My Frecciarossa train offered me a smooth fast ride all the way to Naples. It was super clean and spacious. It was very comfortable and had a beautiful interior.

The Frecciarossa high-speed train ride from Rome to Naples cost 35 EUR and took about 1 hour and 10 minutes, traveling across Italy's stunning scenery.

Frecciargento, Rome Termini

Frecciargento at Rome Termini

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35 EUR is not the "norm". If you book earlier, you may get the ticket for much less. I heard some people bought in the very low 20's range.

If booked well in advance, you can travel by train from Rome to Naples for as little as 20-25 EUR.

I should mention it's fast, cheap and secure to travel by the Frecciarossa between cities like Milano, Rome, Bologna, Firenze, Naples, Torino.

As I said, the Frecciarossa (literally: "red arrow") rides with a maximum of 300 km/h. But it will generally be above 250 km/h, we traveled in the 270-280 km/h range.

But the other train - Frecciargento (literally: "silver arrow") - is slower. A wee-bit slower: 250 km/h maximum speed.

The latter can bring you to Venice, even and: Rome, Bolzano, Naples, just to name a few of the primary destinations.

There is also the Frecciabianca (literally: "white arrow") - you probably guessed: it's the slowest. with 200 km/h maximum speed.

Conclusion: Italy's trains are great for traveling between its cities. You needn't book a direct flight anywhere, just take the train further!

Or, perhaps you want to travel between Italian cities by the high-speed trains.

A complete guide to the Frecciarossa train (the one that I took), you can find on the Seat61.com website.

Jump to the Trenitalia website to check the trains, routes or to book online.

Escape Hunter

About the Author:

Escape Hunter, the young solo traveler in his early 30's explores the World driven by curiosity, thirst for adventure, deep passion for beauty, love for freedom and diversity.
With a nuanced, even humorous approach to travel, an obsession for art and design, Escape Hunter prefers to travel slowly, in order to learn and "soak up" the local atmosphere...


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