Genoa – On the fast regional trains that connect Liguria with Lombardy and Piedmont the remodeling of usable seats (going from 50% to 80%) began on Friday, good news for those who, given the conditions of the highways, have given up using the car. Yet thinking of moving on the railway lines without planning is still impossible: a tourist who wants to buy a ticket at the last minute from Genoa or from the rivieras to return to Milan or Turin, will hardly find it.
“The traditional sea trains have returned to serve Liguria, as in the past summers, with 26 convoys on holidays that are added to the usual ones until 26 September, from Piedmont to the Ligurian West and from Lombardy to both Rivieras – Trenitalia says – yet Intercity and interregional, this weekend, are substantially full ».
The problem is in both directions. But if the departures to the holiday resorts are more diluted between the different time slots, returns on summer Sundays are instead concentrated from the early afternoon: those who want to breathe the sea air try to enjoy the days until the end.
The result, in a spot survey among the trains departing today from Genoa to Milan, is surprising: last night they were already full and, around 20, there were a few dozen seats left only on the 19.44 regional train from Principe, the least popular that probably today will be sold out like the others. On the other hand, the tickets for all the other trains from noon onwards were “not available” yesterdayi: also full on 13.19, 14.20, Intercity at 15.20, 15.46, 16.19, regional fast at 17.44, 18.18, Frecciabianca at 18.52 as regional at 18.58, intercity at 19.22 as regional 19.27. Then here’s the surprise: 90 seats on the 19.44 regional. And after him, nothing. “Not purchasable”, due to the maximum capacity expected in Covid times being reached, the tickets for 20.19 and 21.44. For those who need to return to Lombardy, only the alarm clock remains at dawn: last night there were still 206 free seats on the 5.44am train from Principe.
And who wants to plan a weekend in Liguria from Milan, know that the first trains on Saturday morning are already full: the intercity at 8.05 am and 9.10 am sold out.