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For a long time the only high speed train option in Italy was the state-run Trenitalia. Sure there are plenty of trains that can get you between Rome and Venice in like four hours or so, but there were often complaints about service and quality along with also this and that. A little competition might be just what the Italian train system needs, and that’s where Italo comes in to play.
Late last month the country’s new—and private—high speed train service finally hit the rails, and they’re planning to connect pretty much all the tourist and business hotspots throughout the country. Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori is the company behind the new trains, and if all goes according to plan you’ll be zipping through the countryside at around 190mph. Soon enough the trains will be connecting nine different cities at like twelve different stations.
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We are positively blushing with excitement over the latest NYT train travel news out of Italy: in 2011, a "new privately owned high-speed train company, Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, will introduce a stylish, candy-apple-red fleet of 25 trains collectively known as .Italo."
It's estimated that speeds on the new train will reach 225 mph, effectively cutting the old 6-hour trip between Rome and Milan down to three hoursthe Eurostar does it no faster than four hours now. This won't be the only .Italo route however, as it's scheduled to run the main corridors between Turin and Naples, crowded routes we know all too well.