According to Italian media reports, the new railway line will connect Rome and Munich. Daily flights will be operated by Trenitalia's Frecciarossa 1000 high-speed train.
The route from the Italian capital will pass through Florence, Verona, Rovereto, Bologna, Trento, Bolzano, Brennero, Innsbruck and Munich. Those who go to Munich from Milan will stop in Brescia, Verona, Bolzano, Brennero and also Innsbruck.
Confirming that the rail link to the German city of Munich will officially come into force in 2026, the Italian agency Ferrovie dello Stato emphasized that an extension of the line to Berlin is being considered.
The Italian-German project is among the ten supported by the European commission to improve cross-border rail links between all European countries.
“Demand for sustainable mobility is growing and we need the rail market to respond faster, especially for long and cross-border journeys,” — noted European Commissioner for Transport Adina Velan in this regard.
In January of this year, the European Commission announced that it had decided to support a total of ten pilot projects to create new railway routes and improve existing ones. Improved rail links will connect European countries, making train travel within the EU more affordable.
“That's why the European Commission now wants to help rail companies create new international rail connections – day and night – by removing the many barriers to cross-border rail transport. I look forward to working with the rail sector to make these 10 pilots successful and inspire many more to join!” said the commissioner.
Earlier this month, the Commission announced that the European Discover EU initiative, which will run from March 15 to 29, will allow 15,000,000 young people to visit European countries by train.