Italo, Europe’s first privately owned high-speed train, left this morning Rome for Milan from Tiburtina station marking an historical moment for public transport in Italy.
The company NTV, or Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, founded in 2006 by Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo and businessmen Diego Della Valle of luxury goods maker Tod’s, finally offers an alternative to Trenitalia, the state-run railway corporation. Italian travelers and tourists can now choose.
Its base in Italy’s capital will be Tiburtina, Rome’s recently renovated train station. NTV aims at having a quarter of Italy’s high-speed train market in a couple of years, attracting 8-9 million passengers a year by 2014.
Cars look pretty much the same as Trenitalia’s, with the only major differences being the big, oversized windows and the leather seats by luxury furniture maker Poltrone Frau. Read moreHERE
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