A new Genoa-Naples high-speed train will now travel all over Italy

From the mountainous Alps and crystal clear lakes to the heat-ravaged deserts and sunny Mediterranean coast, Italy is a country of enormous and beautiful contrasts. And all of this has never been so easily accessible thanks to a new high-speed train linking Genoa in the northwest of the country with Naples in the south.

The new journey time between the Italian Riviera and the Gulf of Naples is now just six hours and 45 minutes, approximately 80 minutes less than the previous alternative. The course, managed by Italianprovides much-needed competition to state-owned enterprises Trenitalia a service. It doesn’t just stop in Genoa and Naples either: the cultural hotspots of Milan, Florence, Bologna and Rome are also en route.

The service operates daily, departing from Genova Piazza Principe at 6:14 a.m. and reaching Napoli Centrale at 12:53 p.m., while the return departs at 4:20 p.m. and arrives in Genoa at 11:09 p.m. The cheapest ‘Smart’ class seat usually costs just over €50 (£42) one way, although it is possible to upgrade to ‘Prima’ (with reclining leather seats) and ‘Club Executive’ ( with complimentary drinks and snacks, plus lounge access station).

From revivals of vintage trains to new sleeper services, European rail travel is back in full force in 2022. New high-speed lines are popping up across the continent, offering a real alternative to heavily polluting air travel.

For timetables and ticket availability for the new Genoa-Naples route, see the Italo website.

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