Arsonists started a fire at a station near Florence, completely shutting down high speed railway services between the north and south of Italy, according to the rail network operator. Electrical equipment was set ablaze, stopping service to and from the capital Rome. Trains were suspended for about three hours to allow checks by investigators and technicians, network manager Rete Ferroviaria Ital

Traffic on regional lines in the main metropolitan hubs near Rome, Florence, Bologna and Milan was also slower due to the incident, the company said. Hour-long delays may extend into the afternoon after 25 high-speed trains from both state railway Trenitalia SpA and its private competitor, Italo Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori SpA, were canceled, Rete Ferroviaria added. At least three different fires

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