The trains in Italy do indeed run on time, and extremely fast too; the Pinafarina designed high speed trains get you there at 150 MPH. But there is more; in Rome or Milan you can get off the train and into an electric Peugeot iOn. It's good for 150 km on a charge with a high speed of 130 km/h, which is more than enough for racing through the streets of Rome.
Le Fresse Trenitalia has also changed its rules to permit folding bikes to be brought on to all of its trains without cases and has signed an agreement with Tern, a major producer of folding bikes, to sell them at discount. Imagine, a train company actually doing something to promote multi-modal transport; In Canada, they just changed the rules on luggage to pretty much match carry-on rules for airplanes, and folding bikes are too big.
And oh, those trains are so beautiful and comfortable.