I'm going to travel with Frecciabianca in 1st class in a few days and I wonder what I can expect so that I can prepare correctly.

  • Will there be lounge access at Roma Termini?
  • Will there be free prosecco or espresso?
  • Is there any kind of kiosk in the 1st class car?
  • Is the 1st class car free of noisy travellers?

On the trains I take here in Sweden it's yes on all of there points.

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    "Is the 1st class car free of noisy travellers?" - no. People who have a bit more money are just as, or even more, obnoxious as us lowly poor earthlings. Italians aren't known for being particularly quiet, too. – Daniel Kamil Kozar Aug 12 at 12:05
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    @DanielKamilKozar in general 1st class is quieter due to families with kids will more rarely use them. – Viktor Mellgren Aug 12 at 14:59
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    Where do I get my complimentary prosecco in Swedish första klass?? – Toivo Säwén Aug 12 at 21:08
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    @ToivoSäwén you don't, it's against the law since it's also being sold for money at the same establishment. But there's usually a thermos with coffee in one end of the car together with some snacks. Even a small kitchen but always unattended. – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Aug 12 at 21:11

The Freccebianca experience is summed up really well by Show Me The Journey:

  • There are lounges, including, as you asked, at Roma Termini
  • If you are travelling in 1st class, there will be a trolley service of complimentary snacks and drinks – prosecco is one of the options, espresso as well
  • As food is on a trolley only, no kiosk/restaurant (although travel site Seat61 claims trains some have a cafe/bar & restaurant)
  • From travel site Seat61's description: "Business Silenzio: One Business class car is designated as a 'quiet' car."
  • The source might have been bad, see my answer. Business isn't a class of Frecciabianca afaik, but of the other high speed trains – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Aug 18 at 21:59

Lounge access depends on what kind of business class ticket you buy. The FRECCIALounges page says

Who can enter

You can enter with [...] an Executive or Salottino ticket or a carnet of 10 Business travel tickets.

Clearly saying a single business class ticket is not enough but the more expensive ones are.

BTW the same is true for the FRECCIAClub which provides less services at smaller stations.

I would also like to point out the ItaliaPass Lounge, which according to most pages (example) requires a 49 USD membership but the page I linked actually shows you can get in with a 20 USD day pass. Calibrate your expectations accordingly -- I would expect to be able to work (power, wifi, chair, table) in a quiet spot with a cup of free coffee but I wouldn't rely on food or other amenities. This expectation meshes with reviews I found online (which are often disparaging -- they didn't calibrate their expectations). As far as I can tell, there's no lounge Priority Pass or similar international network would give you access to.

  • Mind adding some more info about what's available on the train? – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Aug 12 at 19:48
  • Sadly Frecciabianca seems to only have 1st and 2nd class and not the others. Can you pay for the FrecciaLounge? The ItaliaPass Lounge seems a bit small and will probably be crowded at the time of my departure. – Mikael Dúi Bolinder Aug 12 at 19:50
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    It doesn't seem possible to pay for the FrecciaLounge. – chx Aug 12 at 20:00

Turns out things might have changed, if the sources in the other answers once were right.

The differences are these:

  • Better seats in a 1+2 configuration.
  • Dedicated 1st class conductor.
  • All cars are closer to the restaurant car.
  • More storage space.
  • Less noise (most likely).
  • Generally better WC access and state.
  • Faster boarding.

The 1+2 configuration is used cleverly by the booking system and solo passengers will get a solo seat, dual passengers will get seats facing each other in the 1 row when available and the quad seating will be left for groups of 3 or 4.

What's not included is complimentary drinks and snacks. I was a bit disappointed when I found this out. There's also no lounge access included nor fast track.

Source: travelled with Frecciabianca 1st class when writing this answer and talked with the restaurant staff.

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