Italy's Frecciarossa 1000 train can hit speeds of 400km/h, making it one of the fastest trains in Europe.
A ticket for a seat in executive class from Turin to Milan cost about $78.
Although the carriage was luxurious, I expected better service and more choice of food.
One of the fastest trains in Europe is Italy's Frecciarossa ETR 1000, which reaches top speeds of 400 kilometers an hour thanks to its 16 engines.
Trenitalia, the train's operator, has recently unveiled a new Frecciarossa based in Spain which will travel between Madrid, Barcelona and Zaragoza from November 25.
Source: FS Italiane
For the journey in executive class on the Frecciarossa 1000 between Turin to Milan in Italy, it cost me $78. There are four classes — executive, business, premium, and standard — across 11 coaches.
This journey would have taken nearly two hours with regional trains, but it took just under an hour on the Frecciarossa, or "red arrow." Although its top speed is 400 kph, its commercial speed is 360 kph.
Source: FS Italiane
Passengers in executive class can use the Freccia Lounge before boarding. It's far from fancy, but I could help myself to drinks, snacks, and escape from Turin's bustling station.
I was impressed when I stepped into executive class on the Frecciarossa. The carriage was secluded from the rest of the train and had 10 ginormous champagne-colored leather chairs 1.5 meters away from each other. The size and space created a sense of privacy from other passengers in the carriage.
The chairs, which had reading lights on the top, were able to rotate 180 degrees. They were extremely comfortable compared to the smaller ones in standard class.
Buttons on the arm of the chair controlled the lights, foot rest, and reclining backrest. Being able to sit back and put my feet up made the first-class experience feel even more luxurious.
Fold-away tables also popped out of the armrest.
USB points and plug sockets were at the end of the seat, handy for charging my devices. Executive class had its own free WiFi, separate from the WiFi available on the rest of the train, but it failed to connect me to the internet.
Passengers could find out the Frecciarossa's speed, location, next stop, and the weather from the screens on the ceiling. The top speed reached during the journey was nearly 300 kph.
The executive-class carriage had a conference room with five leather swivel chairs and sliding glass doors on either side, and a coat rack. It seemed ideal for business people on the move.
Executive class passengers have the choice of three menus, the train's website says. I was disappointed to only get offered a drink and a snack around 10 minutes after departing from Turin. That was the only time I was served during the journey.
Throughout the journey, I had a great view of the Alps, the highest mountain range in Europe, in the distance, as well as fields and highways.
There was one other passenger sat in the carriage, but the huge chairs made it seem like I was alone. The atmosphere was relaxing, especially given that the train has acoustic soundproofing, making it a quiet and smooth journey.
Trenitalia says the materials used in the train's construction are almost entirely recyclable. It's the first high-speed to train to be awarded the certificate of environmental impact (EPD).
All-in-all, the Frecciarossa 1000's speed, luxury, and design impressed me. Traveling in executive class was a treat and I thought the tickets were affordable compared to prices in Britain. However, I expected to get a higher level of service and a wider choice of food.
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