Italy’s largest train carrier, Trenitalia, offers a free WiFi network connection exclusively onboard its high-speed Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains, perfect whether you’re travelling for business or pleasure. These trains run between major cities like Milan, Rome, Turin and Naples several times a day, and connecting to the WiFi while on the go is easy and intuitive, thanks to the English language option provided by Trenitalia! A few lucky Trainline employees have even used the service themselves and reported a smooth, reliable experience, with only a few cut-outs while going through those pesky tunnels.
If it’s the first time you connect to the onboard Frecciarossa or Frecciargento WiFi service, follow these steps:
The service is free. If you enter your phone number to activate your first-time access, there are no costs for using the WiFi. On the other hand, if you enter your credit card information you’ll be charged a one-time fee of €1 cent; this fee is the minimum amount required to complete a transaction with a credit card and ensure the correct identification of the owner. It doesn’t represent the cost for the WiFi service, which is free.
The FRECCE portal is an online portal available on board all Frecciarossa and Frecciargento trains, through which you can take advantage of entertainment services such as movies, TV programmes music, news and travel information.
All the services of the FRECCE portal are free. But, the first time you use the portal you need to register your credentials. You can access the portal via PC, Mac, Tablet and Smartphone – and it’s also available as an App that can be downloaded from the App Store or Google Play. The portal is compatible with the main browsers such as Chrome, Mozilla, Explorer and Safari.
The onboard entertainment offer includes:
I’ve been using the onboard Frecciarossa and Frecciargento WiFi service for work on my journeys between Milan – Rome, Rome – Naples and Milan – Turin. I’m so satisfied with the service: it worked perfectly with Google Chrome, and I was able to use the MS Office suite (including Outlook) without any fuss. My messaging tool (Slack) took a bit longer than usual to connect, but once up it ran smoothly and kept me connected to my colleagues. However, the service can cut off if you pass under a tunnel so consider this if you are planning a VoIP call. I’d recommend the Frecciarossa and Frecciargento WiFi service to anyone who needs to get that all-important work done while travelling. And, If you can afford it – book a seat in the “Premium” seating section. It usually costs extra compared to the “Standard” section, but it’s worth it thanks to the larget seats and quieter coaches, which make it a better work environment.
The onboard entertainment portal “Le Frecce” hasn’t let me down during my trips along the Adriatic and Tyrrhenian coasts. If you’re in Italy on holiday, why not use your travel time to learn more about the country? In the “movies” section of the portal, there’s a wide selection of recent Italian movies with English subtitles, while on the “TV programmes” section there’s usually a series about the most beautiful towns in Italy called “I borghi piu’ belli d’Italia”. In the “music videos” section you can find music videos of the latest Italian acts, (some of which are questionable) but definitely interesting!