The italo Club Executive Class might be the most comfortable way to travel by train in Italy. In this review, I’ll explain what you can expect of the premium experience!
italo is the name of a private Italian train operator, offering service on various routes in Italy. The trains are ultra-modern and offer four classes of service: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. Each level offers certain additional benefits with Executive Class being on top of the list. My experience with the train was extremely good as I’ll explain in this review.
When boarding the italo train, I first walked through the Prima Class, which looked very spacious and comfortable already with seats in a 1-2 configuration.
Club Executive Class comes with the same arrangements, but in a way smaller cabin of just a couple of seats, which are all very high quality leather seats.
There are different arrangements with both, single and double seats with or without a big table. All other seats have a spacious table, which you can fold down from the seat in front of you.
Not surprisingly, the seat pitch in the italo Club Executive Class is amazing, too. Overall, you can hardly sit more comfortable in a train.
Plus, there’s a special Club compartment, which can be booked as one and thus be used for meetings. It was empty on my journey, so I snapped a picture.
I don’t think there’s more to say as the italo Executive Class is the most comfortable train seating I’ve ever seen or experienced – well done.
When booking an italo Club Executive Class ticket, you enjoy a range of complimentary catering options. The italo homepage describes the offerings as follows: “expresso coffee and a mouthwatering selection of Italian sandwiches, bakery products and drinks.” I had a water, a coffee (very good), some nuts and cookies.
I could have asked for a sandwich, too, but just wasn’t hungry at the time. Yet, the catering was definitely better than in other trains with included catering in the highest class of service like the Cross Country First Class in England. It’s also worth noting that this is one of the main differences between Executive Class and Prima Class as the latter only gets a welcome service, while in italo Executive Class you can order drinks, snacks etc. as often as you like.
Let’s get to something really unbelievable in the italo Executive Class. I’m used to modern entertainment, including WiFi on trains. Even the German ICE trains nowadays have streaming entertainment and WiFi, but the italo Executive Club Class has built-in 9 inch monitors at each seat. But that’s not all, you can also access high-speed WiFi and streaming entertainment through your own device.
Plus, there are various newspapers and magazines (all in Italian) available, which are offered to you by the service personal. Well, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a train with better entertainment offerings!
It’s worth noting that italo Club Executive Class passengers enjoy an array of additional services. Those include fast track in Milano and Rome, lounge access at various train stations and more. What really amazed me though was the service. I was alone in the cabin on my journey and was constantly asked for any wishes, incredible.
It doesn’t happen often that I’m really speechless about a travel experience, but the italo Executive Club is without any doubt the best train experience I’ve ever had. Taking more than 50 rides a year, I think that’s quite a statement. Sure, the Executive Club Class isn’t cheap, but it’s well worth it. Wow, just wow!