Italian Regionale (or Regional) trains, operated by TrenItalia are the most basic train services available in the country. They operate within a single area, stopping at most stations on a route. These local services are generally much slower than Inter-City alternatives, and tend to be a little scruffy, a bit older, but most importantly, cheap.
TrenItalia operates a fleet of around 800 trains, with nearly 5,000 carriages, with thousands of services running each day.
Regionale train tickets can now be booked in advance online, and can also be printed at home. You will need to register on the TrenItalia website to take advantage of this facility.
Generally, Regionale trains only offer Second Class accommodation, although some routes do have limited First Class seating. Popular routes cab become extremely busy, and you might be lucky to find a seat. In these cases, it might be worth your while upgrading to First Class (Prima Classe) if it is available, as you are more likely to find a seat.
Some trains are air conditioned, although it tends to be a case of finding one with air conditioning that works.
Gradually, new double-deck carriages are being introduced, which will increase passenger capacity and comfort considerably.
Seat reservations for Regionale trains are not available.
Luggage & Facilities
Depending on the age of the train you are travelling on, luggage may be stored above your seat or in luggage racks. Due to the popularity of these routes, you are advised to keep your belongings with you at all times.