The Ferrovie dello Stato Group presents “FS Treni Turistici Italiani”. This new company was founded with the mission of proposing a range of rail services specifically designed and calibrated for quality, with sustainable tourism that is attentive to rediscovering the riches of the Italian territory. A form of tourism that can experience rail travel as an integral part of the holiday, a quality component of the overall tourist experience.
FS Treni Turistici Italiani was presented by Ferrovie dello Stato CEO Luigi Ferraris, at the Museo Nazionale Ferroviario di Pietrarsa, the National Railway Museum in Naples, in the presence of authorities and stakeholders who arrived aboard a train comprised of prototype wagons that will form an essential part of the fleet.
Illustrating the company’s mission and characteristics was FS Treni Turistici Italiani CEO Luigi Cantamessa, part of the FS Group since 2002 and General Manager of the Fondazione FS Italiane since 2013.
Amongst those at the presentation were Monsignor Liberio Andreatta, President of the FS Fondazione, Trenitalia President Stefano Cuzzilla, Trenitalia CEO Luigi Corradi, Infrastructure and Transport Deputy Minister Edoardo Rixi, along with Karima Delli, President of the Committee on Transport and Tourism of the European Parliament.
FS Treni Turistici Italiani introduces three service areas:
- “Luxury”, with the traction of prestigious high-end trains, firstly the Orient Express La Dolce Vita, a luxury Italian train that will début in 2024, or the legendary Venice Simplon Orient Express by Belmond, already operating on European routes.
- “Express and Historical Trains”, with the introduction of new connections, including night trains, on medium- to long-haul routes between the main Italian cities and places of significant tourist attraction. The connections offered by the Express trains shall consist of 1980s and 1990s wagons that will undergo complete upgrading and modernisation in the Rimini railway workshops, solely for tourist use. These workshops will become a sort of refitting atelier for this segment, consisting of wagons offering differentiated service environments (restaurant cars with express cooking on board, sleeping wagons, meeting wagons, luggage carriages for transporting bicycles, skis and vehicles for sustainable mobility). FS Treni Turistici Italiani will also manage the trips on historic trains, owned by the Fondazione FS, in various regions and areas of historical and scenic interest throughout the peninsula, with ad hoc programmes and more regular frequencies, tours that combine train travel with stops for guided visits, walking routes and tastings.
- “Omnibus-Regional”, services that will guarantee the circulation of regional trains on weekends, at favourable fares and accessible to all, along lines that cross territories rich in history, replete with villages and areas of scenic and naturalistic interest, distinguished by unique wine and food traditions. Also here, planning the trip, the stops and the timetable will be designed with tourism and experience in mind.
Besides responding to the growing demand for rail tourism in Italy, FS Treni Turistici Italiani will help to promote a new, truly sustainable kind of tourism, to reach both well-known destinations and those off the classic routes.
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Author: Tatiana Rokou