Italy Unveils Brand New Sleeper Train To The Dolomites
Italy, in its pursuit of sustainable tourism, is encouraging travellers to rediscover its treasures in an eco-friendly way. As part of this initiative, Italy's state-owned railway company, Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), has announced exciting plans for more train routes, with a focus on offering tourists an unforgettable journey while minimising environmental impact.
With ski season just around the corner, Italy has introduced a luxurious sleeper train, promising a stylish and sustainable way to reach the renowned ski resort of Cortina d'Ampezzo in the Dolomites. Departing from Rome Termini, the service to the Calalzo-Pieve di Cadore-Cortina d'Ampezzo station is the first of several new 'tourist train' routes by FS.
Depart on friday, ski on saturday
The Espresso Cadore train, set to depart every Friday evening this winter, provides passengers with a scenic journey, arriving amidst breathtaking mountain views on Saturday mornings. FS plans to release detailed information on timings and prices soon, with ticket bookings available through the Trenitalia website starting from November 18.
The 220-bed service offers a range of options, including first- and second-class two-person carriages, as well as four and six-person sleepers. Passengers can enjoy amenities such as a restaurant car and an all-night bar. Catering to skiing enthusiasts, the 'Cadore' Express provides storage and charging space for bikes and skis, along with the convenience of onboard e-bike rental and last-minute ski pass purchases.
Italy's commitment to blending past glamour with modern luxury extends beyond the Dolomites route. The Treni Turistici Italiani initiative introduces various tourist train routes, employing both 'luxury' and vintage trains on popular and lesser-known itineraries. The goal is to make the train journey an integral part of the vacation, emphasising slower, sustainable travel.
What adds a unique touch to this sleeper train is the repurposing of carriages decommissioned in the 80s and 90s, creating cabins that promise a distinctive experience in Italian rail transport.
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As part of this initiative, a new service will link Rome to the ruins of Metaponto in Basilicata and Reggio Calabria in southern Italy. Milan will also see a new service to Genova via the Tuscan port city of Livorno. These diverse routes, set to open in 2024, underscore Italy's commitment to providing travellers with a range of experiences, promising not just a destination but a journey that enriches the overall vacation.
For those seeking a ski break in the Dolomites or exploring the historical ruins of southern Italy, these tourist train routes offer a unique and environmentally conscious way to traverse the picturesque landscapes of Italy, ensuring that the journey itself becomes a cherished part of the travel experience. Keep an eye out for more details from FS as they pave the way for these exciting and sustainable travel options in the coming years.