Italy (Firenze - Roma direttissima) - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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Introduction

This list is based on the timetable in force from 13 December 2020. Although the timetable is shown as valid until 12 June 2021, many long-distance services are shown as operating for only a few months. These are indicated herein with the standard 'D' note for a dated train, but it is a reasonable expectation that their period of operation will be extended or a similar service is provided instead. It is assumed that the timetable will continue to be updated and reissued monthly, as has been the case since summer 2020. In general, local services are operating as usual, but there is a significant reduction in the number of long-distance trains. Users are recommended to check the Trenitalia website to ensure they are using the latest version of the timetable.

Table numbers quoted here are from In Treno Tutt'Italia, the official Trenitalia timetable. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.

Map references for each route entry are given in parentheses ( ). References prefixed "ERA-E" refer to the European Railway Atlas (All-Europe Edition) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "ERA-R" refer to the European Railway Atlas (Regional Series - Italy) by M.G. Ball. References prefixed "S+W", or in italic, refer to Atlante ferroviaro d'Italia e Slovenia by Schweers + Wall.

Two useful symbols exist which show the booked route for trains not calling at a station: in the middle of the train column, a vertical bar "|" means that the train passes through the station without stopping, whereas a dot "." means that the train does not pass through that station but instead takes a different route.

This high-speed line is used by trains between Firenze and Roma, and south of Orte also by trains to and from the Ancona line. Unlike most other high-speed lines in Italy, this is electrified throughout at 3,000 volts and has conventional signalling, so can be used by all types of passenger trains. There are eleven connections between the direttissima and the old main line, but that at Settebagni is no more than crossovers where the two lines run parallel. These are not normally used by passenger trains. Some other connections are several kilometres long. IC and overnight trains may be diverted off the diresttissima if running late, so use of connections by these trains is susceptible to change. The routing of high speed and local trains is more reliable.

Following the introduction of high-speed services between Milano and Napoli there is far less use of connections on and off the Firenze - Roma direttissima. The direttissima is being resignalled to ERTMS standards and there are plans to convert it from 3,000 volts dc to 25 kV ac, at least between Arezzo and Orte. This may result in no further passenger use of connections to the old main line at Chiusi Nord, Chiusi Sud, Orvieto Nord, Orvieto Sud and Orte Nord.

In headings to each section below, junctions and the next open station on the old main line are listed in the order they would be passed by a southbound train. In all cases 1º Bivio is on the direttissima and 2º Bivio is on the old main line.

Obscure services

Firenze Campo di Marte (Rovezzano) - Roma Tiburtina (Bivio Nomentana)

[47] (ERA-E 83B1-84B3; ERA-R 157B2-161A2; S+W 52C3-69B3) IT21/101

The full length of the direttissima is used by all high-speed trains non-stop between Roma and Firenze or stations to the north. There are no other services booked to travel the full length of the direttissima in the current timetable. No trains use the direttissima between the last high-speed trains of one day and the first ones of the next. Many night trains run the full length of the old main line between Firenze and Orte.

1º Bivio Valdarno Nord - 2º Bivio Valdarno Nord - Figline Valdarno

[47] (ERA-E 83B1; ERA-R 157B1; S+W 52D3) IT21/102

This connection north of Figline Valdarno provides a northbound route onto the direttissima and a southbound route off it. It is used by Regionale trains

  • Southbound from Firenze Campo di Marte at 06:46, 09:10, 09:55 SuX, 11:22, 12:22, 13:22, 14:22, 15:22, 16:22, 17:09 SuX, 17:22, 17:52 SSuX, 18:22, 19:22, 19:57 SuX, 20:23 and 21:22
  • Northbound from Figline Valdarno at 06:20 SuX, 07:08 SuX, 07:17 SuX, 08:09 SuX, 08:21 SuX, 09:18, 12:18, 13:19, 14:18, 15:18, 16:18, 18:18, 19:20/19:21, 20:26 and 21:18

It is also used by:

IC583/1583 Milano Centrale - 08:30 Firenze Rifredi - Napoli Centrale
SuX R4120 Chiusi-Chianciano Terme – 07:08 Arezzo – Firenze S Maria Novella
SuX R18746 Chiusi-Chianciano Terme - 08:35 Arezzo - Firenze S Maria Novella
RV4096 Roma Termini - 09:43 Arezzo - Firenze S Maria Novella
SSuX RV4068 Perugia - 10:58 Arezzo - Firenze S Maria Novella
SSuO RV4072 Foligno - 11:00 Arezzo - Firenze S Maria Novella
SX IC598 Roma Termini – 20:26 Arezzo – Firenze S Maria Novella

Montevarchi-Terranuova - 2º Bivio Valdarno Sud - 1º Bivio Valdarno Sud

[47] (ERA-E 83B2; ERA-R 157C1; S+W 53A4) IT21/103

This connection south of Montevarchi-Terranuova provides a southbound route onto the direttissima and a northbound route off it. The northbound train is scheduled to use this connection in order to overtake a preceding service:

SO IC1527/1549 Milano Centrale - 12:42 Firenze Rifredi - Reggio di Calabria Centrale
SuX R4116 05:50 Arezzo - Firenze S Maria Novella

1º Bivio Arezzo Nord - 2º Bivio Arezzo Nord - Arezzo

[47] (ERA-E 83B2-C2; ERA-R 157C1; S+W 58C1) IT21/104

This connection north of Arezzo provides a northbound route onto the direttissima and a southbound route off it.

SuX IC581 Firenze S Maria Novella – 05:52 Firenze Campo di Marte - Roma Termini
D SuO IC1585 Prato - 09:20 Firenze Rifredi – Napoli Centrale
SuX RV4117 Firenze S Maria Novella – 14:08 Firenze Campo di Marte – Arezzo
IC595/1555 Trieste Centrale – 17:39 Firenze Campo di Marte – Roma Termini
IC597/1597 Milano Centrale/Prato – 18:28 Firenze Rifredi – Napoli Centrale
D SX FR9329 Torino Port Nuova - 20:59 Firenze S Maria Novella - Perugia
D IC599/1529 Milano Centrale – 21:57 Firenze S Maria Novella – Terni
D SO IC1509 Prato - 22:33 Firenze Campo di Marte - Terni
D1 FSX ICN35700 Roma Termini - 00:47 SSuX Arezzo - Trieste Centrale
D1 FSX ICN35702 Salerno - 01:03 SSuX Orvieto - Torino Porta Nuova
SuX R4116 05:50 Arezzo - Firenze S Maria Novella
D SuX FR9300 Perugia - 06:25 Arezzo - Torino Porta Nuova
IC580/1528 Terni – 07:32 Arezzo – Milano Centrale
D2 SSuO IC35188 Roma Termini - 12:40 Arezzo - Trieste Centrale
D IC590/1510 Napoli C – 14:52 Arezzo – Milano Centrale
D IC592/1592 Roma Termini – 18:02 Arezzo – Trieste Centrale
D IC596/1596 Napoli Centrale – 19:01 Arezzo – Milano Centrale

D1: Until 25 March 2021

D2: 6 & 7 February and 6 & 7 March 2021 only

Arezzo - 2º Bivio Arezzo Sud - 1º Bivio Arezzo Sud

[47] (ERA-E 83C2; ERA-R 157C1; S+W 58C1) IT21/105

This connection south of Arezzo provides a southbound route onto the direttissima and a northbound one off it.

This route has previously been used by high-speed trains calling at Arezzo, mainly early in the morning and in the evening. Service cuts have seen these trains withdrawn, but this is likely to be a temporary measure, because of coronavirus travel restrictions.

1º Bivio Chiusi Nord - 2º Bivio Chiusi Nord - Chiusi-Chianciano Terme

[47] (ERA-E 83C2; ERA-R 160C5; S+W 58C3) IT21/106

This connection joins the Siena branch near Montallese and provides a northbound route onto the direttissima and a southbound route off it.

SO IC1527/1549 Milano Centrale - 12:42 Firenze Rifredi - Reggio di Calabria Centrale

Chiusi-Chianciano Terme (Citta della Pieve) - 2º Bivio Chiusi Sud - 1º Bivio Chiusi Sud

[47] (ERA-E 83C2; ERA-R 160C4; S+W 59A4) IT21/107

This connection south of Citta della Pieve provides a southbound route onto the direttissima and a northbound route off it.

D ICN771/1569 Trieste Centrale - 05:07 Chiusi Chianciano Terme – Roma Termini
SuX IC581 Firenze S Maria Novella - 07:04 Chiusi Chianciano Terme - Roma Termini

1º Bivio Orvieto Nord - 2º Bivio Orvieto Nord - Orvieto

[47] (ERA-E 83C2; ERA-R 160C4; 50A1, S+W 64A1) IT21/108

This connection south of Allerona-Castel Viscardo provides a northbound route onto the direttissima and a southbound route off it.

D3 ICN35741 Trieste Centrale – 05:08 Chiusi-Chianciano Terme – Roma Termini
D SuX IC581 Firenze S Maria Novella – 07:04 Chiusi-Chianciano Terme – Roma Termini

D3: 24 to 26 March (25 to 27 March from Chiusi-Chianciano Terme) 2021

Orvieto - 2º Bivio Orvieto Sud - 1º Bivio Orvieto Sud

[47] (ERA-E 84A2; ERA-R 161A4; S+W 64B2) IT21/109

This connection south of Orvieto provides a southbound route onto the direttissima and a northbound route off it.

D4 SSuO ICN763/1573 Bozen/Bolzano - 05:00 MSuO Orvieto - Roma Termini
SuX IC581 Firenze S Maria Novella - 07:25 Orvieto - Roma Termini
SO IC1527/1549 Milano Centrale - 12:42 Firenze Rifredi - Reggio di Calabria Centrale

D4: Not 28 March (29 March from Orvieto) 2021

1º Bivio Orte Nord - 2º Bivio Orte Nord - Orte

[47] (ERA-E 84A2; ERA-R 161A3; S+W 64C3) IT21/110

This connection north of Orte provides a northbound route onto the direttissima and a southbound route off it. There is no passenger use of this route.

Orte - 2º Bivio Orte Sud - 1º Bivio Orte Sud

[47, 70, M70] (ERA-E 84A2; ERA-R 161A3; S+W 64C3) IT21/111

This connection south of Orte provides a southbound route onto the direttissima and a northbound route off it. 1º Bivio Orte Sud is in a tunnel. Most trains non-stop between Orte and Roma use this route. The following run via the old main line, with no advertised stops between Orte and Roma Tiburtina, so do not. Some overnight trains may also run via the old main line.

RV4099 Firenze S Maria Novella - 09:38 Orte - Roma Tiburtina
SSuX R4537 Terni - 19:02 Orte - Roma Tiburtina
R18715 Chiusi Chianciano Terme – 20:21 Orte - Roma Termini

See also