Good news: there's a plan to refurbish a Settebello train and bring it back to service:
“Settebello” electric multiple-unit: the refurb has started. Coaches 6 and 7 will be redesigned thanks to the collaboration with DIT- Laboratorio Design Italiano (Italian Design Lab), who will propose projects incorporating the most advanced technologies available
The workshop that will renovate the Settebello has just been selected:
After many months of negotiations, the tender for the restyling of the ETR 302, otherwise known as the Settebello, has been awarded. Once the work has been completed this jewel in Italian manufacturing’s crown will run along some of Italy’s most splendid lines once again.
This is the announcement (in Italian, so what follows is my translation):
Thanks to the effort of Fondazione FS Italiane, the ETR 302, known as Settebello, the mythical luxury electric multiple-unit train that was inaugurated in 1952, known for its elegant forms and as a symbol of Made-in-Italy and of the postwar economic boom, is coming to life again.
The public tender, managed by Trenitalia on behalf of Fondazione FS, which owns the convoy, has been awarded to the O.M.S. workshop in Porrena (in the province of Arezzo). The total value of the operation amounts to around 13 millions Euros, four of which financed by the Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and Tourism, and the other nine from Fondazione FS through the Italian State Railways Group.
The works for the full aesthetic and functional recovery of the ETR 302 will take around 2 years, at the end of which a real gem of the Italian State Railways will ride again on Italian tracks, for tourism and culture. The recovery will feature an exact historical and philological reconstruction of the furniture and its refined interiors, as designed by Giò Ponti and Giulio Minoletti in 1950. At the same time, the train will sport the most modern technologies, which will enable it to travel up to 160 km/h.
In the meanwhile the Settebello, towed by an E656 engine provided by Fondazione FS Italiane, has left the Trenitalia Workshop of Voghera, where it had been placed, to be transferred to Rome and from there to Arezzo and then Porrena, to the plant where the ETR will be brought back to its former glory.
“At the end of the refurbishment works - commented Luigi Cantamessa, General Director of Fondazione FS, who has personally curated its recovery and redesign - the train will look exactly as in its first journey between Milan and Naples, in the middle of the postwar reconstruction, while providing modern-day safety and the comfort of a prestigious luxury train. It will be a "flag train" for rail tourism in Italy, capable of travelling from Trieste to Reggio Calabria along the most scenic railways. As in '52, the Settebello, the train of rebirth, will become the symbol of a new kind of experiential and sustainable tourism, taking us everywhere in the Bel Paese so that we can admire it from its panoramic front lounge”.
So... In 2 years you will not only be able to see it, but even to travel on it!