Italian high-speed NTV Train

Passengers on board Italy's new Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori (NTV) trains might be forgiven for thinking of Ferrari cars at the sight of the low nose, the deep-red livery and the sleek interiors.

The train interiors, styled by celebrated design house Italdesign Giugiaro, will offer three different classes of travel, with passengers offered the option to connect to tunnel-proof wireless Internet, watch TV or have meals served at their seat by staff trained in hospitality services.

A fleet of 25 trains will link Turin in the north with Salerno in southern Italy, via Milan, Rome and Naples, as well as Venice with Rome, at a speed of 300 kilometres per hour, the maximum allowed speed on the Italian rail network.

NTV plans to run up to 50 services a day as the first operator to use the AGV high-speed trains built by French transport and power engineering group Alstom.