Frecciarossa 1000 Business Class Review - Milan to Rome
Looking for high velocity glam? The Italian Railways System, Trenitalia, has a prescription for you: The Frecciarossa 1000 - which translates to the "Red Arrow."
Italy has an extensive network of high-speed trains in various shapes and sizes. The fastest one of them all is the Frecciarossa 1000, which rockets between Milan and Rome in 2 hours and 58 minutes! Top speed on this turbo charged train is over 400 km/hour (that's about 250 mph)!
Here ‘s a review of my recent trip in Business Class:
If you are interested in speed – make sure you reserve the Frecciarossa with the ‘1000’ designation in its name. These trains are faster than the regular Frecciarossa – and for the most part make fewer stops between cities. After leaving Milan, my train powered nonstop to Rome.
On this route, the Frecciarossa 1000 departs Milano Centrale, the city’s main station – and one of Italy’s most majestic.
I showed up early to take in all the statues, paintings, and artwork. It was simply overpowering in grandeur, both inside and outside.
There are three main classes of services on the Frecciarossa: Economy, Business and Executive. If you book early enough the difference between coach and business is minimal – on my trip an upgrade from coach to business was only 10 Euros more!
Seating options include singles, duos and foursomes - - and you can even reserve a configuration with a table between. The sleek Italian leather seats are roomy and super comfy. I imagine this is what it feels like zooming around in an Alpha Romeo.
If you travel between Sunday and Friday – Business Class passengers are greeted with a glass of Prosecco upon departure. For some odd reason this is not offered on Saturdays, which was the day I traveled (so I cannot report on it). Maybe the wine goddess needs a day off too!
My liver needed a break so I wasn’t heartbroken.
The seats in business class feature large tables – but they are more for working than eating. There was enough room for my laptop AND a mouse pad!
I was a bit disappointed that they do not serve meals in business class – but I could have ventured to the bistro car for some snacks and sandwiches. The trip was so short that I decided to save my calories for the gastronomic treasures in Rome.
Overhead monitors helped me track location and how fast we were going. Top speed on my trip was 298km/hour! The train barely felt like it was moving – even at this velocity.
If you are looking for peace and quiet – and NO kids – make sure you book the Silenzio Car. It was "graveyard quiet" on my trip! No talking and no cell phones.
There’s 220V connections in each row – and ‘free’ WiFi.
I put the ‘free’ in quotation marks, as the sign-up process is ridiculous. After a bunch of questions – the system asks for your credit card if you are from the US (!). Why they require a credit card for a free WiFi is beyond me – and in today’s world of data hacks I decided NOT to connect!
The Frecciarossa 1000 is both fast and sleek.
I loved the design and feel of the train – both inside and out. The onboard service is a little lacking both in the beverage and food departments. However, it doesn’t really matter, as the trip is SO short.
If you can get a sale price on business by booking in advance, it’s well worth it, for the space and comfort alone.
Bottom line: the best part of the whole trip is the SPEED – in no time, you'll be in Rome sipping red wine!