Italy's new high-speed train service made its inaugural voyage on 20 April, from Naples to Milan.
Operated by Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV), a private company headed by Ferrari chairman Luca Cordero di Montezemolo, the “Italo” trains open their doors to the public on 28 April.
The initial route will be Milan-Florence-Rome-Naples but it is expected that in time the service provided by NTV’s fleet of 25 dark-red trains will be expanded.
NTV is the first company in the world to use the ultra-fast Alstom AGV (Automotrice Grande Vitesse) model. Manufactured in France, the train has a maximum commercial speed of up to 360 km/h.
It is also the first private operator in Italy's high-speed rail network, which will see it challenge the Italian FS state railway. In addition the Rome-based company has plans to compete with airlines with the launch of the non-stop Milan-Rome route on 26 August.