Transport, the Trenitalia Summer Experience 2024 presented: investments of 1.8 billion mainly intended for the renewal of the fleet. Here are the news in Calabria


By John

New connections to summer tourist destinations, cities of art and villages. More intermodal and digital services for the benefit of travellers, to move in an increasingly comfortable and sustainable way, also thanks to new solutions combined with train, bus, ship or plane. The 2024 Summer Experience of the Passenger Hub of the FS Group – made up of Trenitalia (lead company) Busitalia, Ferrovie del Sud Est and FS Treni Turistici Italiani – starts on 9 June and is enriched with latest generation trains also purchased directly with PNRR funds assigned to Trenitalia. The novelties of the summer season were presented today in Rome by Luigi Corradi, CEO and General Manager of Trenitalia.

Over 700 summer destinations that can be reached every day. In detail, the summer offer includes more than 270 Arrows daily, for over 130,000 seats offered. Intercity and Intercity Notte will travel to more than 230 cities (70 summer destinations). The 6,000 regional trains per day, around 170 in Calabria, will reach over 1,700 destinations in a widespread manner, of which 500 are tourist destinations.

The train is the protagonist of people's lives, not only as a means of transport, but also as a place and space in which it is possible to consolidate and spread a common culture in favor of health, inclusion and sustainability. The Trenitalia Summer Experience that we present today allows us to offer a unique model of excellence, thanks to thousands of trains and buses that move millions of people every day”stated Stefano Cuzzilla, President of Trenitalia.

We have archived an extraordinary year which leaves behind a significant increase in the satisfaction expressed by customers in terms of quality and reliability of the service. The multiple initiatives undertaken in these three years have, in fact, allowed us to improve customer satisfaction results and our entire offer is permeated by sustainability, which translates into investments for a younger fleet, in intermodal services that allow you to leave the car and in technological innovations that will guarantee an even more complete and quality travel experience. We look forward to summer with enthusiasm. The forecasts for 2024 indicate further growth, supported by internal demand for all the business divisions and companies of the Hub, in particular for the tourism segment; with an important boost that also comes from international connections”declared Luigi Corradi, CEO and General Director of Trenitalia.

In the first 4 months of the year, 268 million people traveled on board the vehicles of the FS Group Passenger Hub (+5% compared to 2023), of which 191 million in Italy. In the same period, Trenitalia transported 150 million travelers who, by traveling by train, generated savings of 700 million euros in environmental and social costs (expenses for healthcare, damage to the environment, agriculture, buildings and biodiversity) and avoided the emission of 900,000 tonnes of CO into the air2 compared to using the car. To compare energy consumption and CO emissions2 of a train journey compared to the same journey made by other means, Trenitalia has recently integrated “Ecopassenger” into its sales systems.

Trenitalia's 2023 was a record year: over 500 million travellers, 30 million more than the previous year (+18%). Strongly positive net result compared to 2022, driven by the increase in traffic revenues which affected all businesses, but in particular the High Speed ​​segment.

Innovation and attention to travelers are the drivers that guide the investments of Trenitalia and the Passenger Hub. Investment spending in 2023 exceeded 1.8 billion euros, of which 1.1 billion was earmarked for fleet renewal. In the coming years, increasingly younger, modern and technologically advanced trains will circulate. Frecciarossa has an investment plan of over 1 billion euros for the purchase of 46 new high-speed trains which will begin to circulate by the end of 2025. For regional transport, 459 new trains have entered service in the last 5 years Rock, Pop and Blues and over 300 new generation vehicles will arrive by 2027 (total investment of 6.8 billion euros). News also for Intercity: the new hybrid trains purchased with PNRR funds are circulating in Calabria, Basilicata and Puglia. An investment of 60 million euros which is part of a broader plan for the South, again financed with PNRR funds, which includes another 140 million for 70 night carriages that will travel to and from Sicily.

With the Arrows in Calabria

It's 16 pm Arrows of Trenitalia which connect Calabria to Rome every day, with stops, alternatively, in the stations of Scalea, Paola, Lamezia Terme, Vibo Valentia, Rosarno, Gioia Tauro, Villa San Giovanni.

A pair of Red Arrow connects Reggio Calabria and Venice every day, with intermediate stops in Calabria at Villa S. Giovanni, Rosarno, Vibo Valentia-Pizzo, Lamezia Terme, Paola. Another Frecciarossa pair connects Bolzano, Trento and Verona with Paola and Sibari.

Between Turin and Reggio Calabria, without changes, every day there are 6 i Red Arrowwhile there are 8 i Red Arrow that unite Milan and Reggio Calabria.

Furthermore, on the occasion of long weekends and holidays, the Red Arrow night train Milan – Reggio Calabria with stops in Paola, Lamezia Terme Centrale, Rosarno and Villa S. Giovanni, which allows you to make the most of your time, travel across the entire country and be at your destination already in the morning.

4 complete the offer Frecciargentobetween Reggio Calabria and the Capital. A regional connection between Crotone and Sibari, with stops also in Cirò, Cariati, Mirto-Crosia, Rossano and Corigliano Calabro coincides with the Red Arrow Bolzano-Sibari to travel from the mountains to the sea.

Furthermore, the hydrofoils of Blu Jet, a company of the FS Italiane Group, depart and arrive from Villa San Giovanni to reach Sicily thanks to an easy train-ship connection.

With Intercity trains in Calabrian tourist places

Among the new features for Calabria, the extension to Lecce, starting from 9 June and up to Bari from 5 July, of the Intercity buses which connect Reggio Calabria and Puglia every day, in the comfort of the new hybrids already in operation since March 2024. A new Intercity pair will travel in the summer on the Via Tropea between Reggio Calabria and Rome, with departures from Reggio Calabria at 11.50am and from Rome at 3.26pm.

The Intercity offer also consists of 4 pairs of Intercity Days between Reggio Calabria and Rome (one of which will make the stops in Vibo Marina, Briatico, Tropea, Ricadi and Nicotera), a pair of Intercity Nights between Reggio Calabria and Turin, and a periodic Intercity Giorno pair, also routed on via Tropea, which circulates on weekends (on Saturdays from Milan to Reggio Calabria and on Sundays from Reggio Calabria to Milan).

Furthermore, a pair of buses connects Reggio Calabria and Bari while two buses connect Reggio Calabria and Lamezia, traveling on the Ionian area, in connection with the pair of Intercity Notte Turin-Reggio Calabria.

Furthermore, to enrich the long-distance connections, there are also two pairs of Intercity Day trains and a pair of Intercity Night trains between Rome and Sicily, plus a pair of Intercity Night trains between Milan and Sicily, with stops in Calabria.

To the sea by train with the Regional Trenitalia

Intermodality and capillarity in connections for the Regional Trenitalia in Calabria, in agreement with the Region and ARTCal, clients of the service. To discover the beauties of Calabria on board the 11 new electric trains Pop and the 5s BluesTrenitalia's first hybrid train, the following services are planned:

The Cedri Line, which until 14 September, with 14 connections on weekdays, connects Sapri to Paola, continuing to Cosenza with stops in the main seaside resorts of the Riviera dei Cedri including Praia a Mare, Scalea, Diamante. From Praia and Scalea it will be possible to board the Galatea hybrid ship with a discount dedicated to Trenitalia Regional customers.

The Tropea Line tourist service has been confirmed which, with an offer of 24 weekday connections, runs along the spectacular Costa degli Dei, with strategic stops in the most beautiful seaside resorts – Pizzo, Vibo Marina, Briatico, Zambrone, Parghelia, Tropea, Santa Domenica, Ricadi, Joppolo, Nicotera – continuing from Rosarno to Reggio Calabria along the Costa Viola passing through the seaside resorts of Bagnara, Favazzina and Scilla.

New this summer is the new Magna Grecia Line between Sibari, Metaponto and Taranto.

On the Ionian coast there will be 10 daily connections between Reggio Calabria and Roccella Jonica and 25 between Reggio Calabria and Melito di Porto Salvo, with an enhancement of the festive offer towards the main beaches of the coast, including Annà; to these are added 18 weekday connections from Reggio Calabria to Catanzaro Lido with a stop in Soverato, the paradise of seahorses.

On the Catanzaro Lido-Sibari the Toscano stop will be activated to reach the Acquapark Odissea 2000, access discounts will be available for those traveling with Trenitalia regional trains.

Dedicated discounts for Trenitalia regional travelers also to reach the Terme Luigiane and Sibaritide.

Regional intermodal services

For an increasingly complete and integrated travel experience, new intermodal train+bus connections have been activated with a single origin-destination ticket (door-to-door):

  • Palmi-Palmi Tonnara to reach one of the wonderful beaches of the Costa Viola
  • Catanzaro Lido-Scolacium Museum to visit the archaeological park that tells the story of Skylletion, the city of Magna Grecia
  • Rossano-Rossano Liquorice Museum Rossano- Rossano Centre
  • Corigliano-Corigliano Center

Lamezia confirmed Airlink, intermodal service with Lamezia Terme international airport; train+bus connections to the Universities of Cosenza and Catanzaro and to the Regional Citadel, the Pugliese-Ciaccio Hospital, to the center of Catanzaro, Cosenza-Rogliano-Marzi, Palmi and San Giovanni in Fiore.

Tourist connections are also active to reach Camigliatello, Gerace, Serra San Bruno, Villa Casignana and the Biodiversity park of Catanzaro.

New promotion for traveling with family or friends (3 to 6 people) with Regional trains this summer is Family & Friends: you save 20% until September 29th. Always available Italia in Tour, in the 3 or 5 day versions, to create your own tour to discover the wonderful Italian landscapes.