The event offered the first glimpse of the high-speed trains, 50 of which were ordered in August 2010 from a consortium of Bombardier and AnsaldoBreda in a deal worth €1.2bn.

Among the dignitaries joining Monti for the unveiling were: Mr Giuseppe Orsi, president of Finmeccanica; Mr Alberto Rosania president of AnsaldoBreda; the managing director of Ansaldo-Breda Mr Maurizio Manfellotto; Mr Roberto Tazzioli, managing director of Bombardier Italy; Mr Vincenzo Soprano, CEO of Trenitalia; and Mr Michele Mario Elia CEO of infrastructure manager Italian Railway Network (RFI).

The ETR 1000 is based on Bombardier's Zefiro platform, and represents the first order for the V300 variant. The eight-car trains will be capable of reaching 400km/h on 25kV ac lines, and will raise the commercial speed of Trenitalia's high-speed services to 360km/h.

The mock-up will be displayed at InnoTrans in Berlin on September 18-21.