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Frecciarossa 1000 Business Class Review - Milan to Rome

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:

1000

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.

Milano Centrale

 Milano Centrale   Photo: Calvin Wood

Milano Centrale   Photo: Calvin Wood

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.  

 Departure Board - Milano Centrale   Photo: Calvin Wood

Departure Board - Milano Centrale   Photo: Calvin Wood

Carriages

 Duo Seat  - Frecciarossa 1000  Photo: Calvin Wood

Duo Seat  - Frecciarossa 1000  Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

 Quatro Seats - Frecciarossa 1000  Photo: Calvin Wood

Quatro Seats - Frecciarossa 1000  Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

 In Seat Tables - Frecciarossa 1000  Photo: Calvin Wood

In Seat Tables - Frecciarossa 1000  Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

 Speed Monitors - Frecciarossa 100   Photo: Calvin Wood

Speed Monitors - Frecciarossa 100   Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

 Silenzio Cars - A Piece of Heaven  Photo: Calvin Wood

Silenzio Cars - A Piece of Heaven  Photo: Calvin Wood

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.

Connectivity

 Frecciaross Connectivity .  Photo: Calvin Wood

Frecciaross Connectivity .  Photo: Calvin Wood

 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!

  My Verdict

 The Frecciarossa 1000 - Milano Centrale   Photo: Calvin Wood

The Frecciarossa 1000 - Milano Centrale   Photo: Calvin Wood

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!

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