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The Dolce Vita sleeper train will roll through some of the most spectacular landscapes in Italy, including that of Tuscany.


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It is one of the most beautiful countries in Europe with an immense heritage: world famous cities, spectacular scenery and a world class rail system to get around.

Italy is already a dream destination – now the train experience is to become even more dreamy and a “Treno della Dolce Vita” is planned.

The “Dolce Vita Train” will travel on 10 routes through Italy’s most famous landscapes, in historic trains with retro luxury, Dolce Vita era furnishings. The itineraries will cover 14 of Italy’s 20 regions and reach 128 cities, covering 10,000 miles from north to south. The itineraries range from one to three nights.

Passengers who sleep, eat and be entertained on board, in the style of iconic services such as the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express from Belmond – can travel through the famous Tuscan hills and around Sicily in luxury trains honoring Federico, Fellini’s film of the same name from the 1960s.

The trains are scheduled to hit the market in 2023, but were announced with a test drive from Rome to Civitavecchia on the Lazio coast in a vintage train specially equipped for the occasion.

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Matera, in the Basilicata region, will be on the itineraries.

Celebrity chef Carlo Cracco took care of the trip and gave a taste of what the guests will experience.

The Treno Dolce Vita is a joint project between Trenitalia, part of the Italian state railway Ferrovie dello Stato, and Arsenale SpA, a luxury hotel company that is behind future luxury hotels such as the Soho House in Rome and the Rosewood in Venice.

A spokesperson for the project called it “a new frontier in luxury hotel business” and promised that trains would travel to all of Italy’s attractions – sea, hills, lakes, mountains, medieval villages and foodie destinations.

The project hopes to capitalize on the desire to travel to less visited places and to travel more slowly after the pandemic.

Paolo Barletta, CEO of Arsenale SpA, said: “Tourism is not just about hotels and restaurants. Italy is a 360-degree experience and we have to start over from this experience in order to make a complete offer. ”

He promised that the trains would take tourists on “new routes” to “lesser known places”.

The train travels through the Langhe wine region, Piedmont.

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The train travels through the Langhe wine region, Piedmont.

The experience is heavily driven by the Made in Italy brand, with retro fittings from some of the most famous Italian designers, including Gio Ponti, Carlo Scarpa and Piero Fornasetti.

The company also promises works of art from the time on board.

The itineraries cover world famous areas such as Val d’Orcia in Tuscany as well as lesser known places. “The Trapani Triangle” will be a slow drive through Sicily that includes destinations such as Taormina, Agrigento and Modica, as well as Trapani and Palermo.

Other routes take guests through less touristy parts of the country, including the Sila Mountains in Calabria and the coast of Basilicata. Matera, the famous cave house town that will star in the upcoming Bond film “No Time to Die”, will also be on the route.

The northern routes include Milan to Cortina through the Dolomites, Milan to Turin through the Piedmont wine country and the Ligurian Riviera.

Each 11-car train will only carry 64 people in 32 cabins – 12 deluxe and 20 suites. On board there is fine dining, live entertainment, a lounge bar and a concierge service to help you with the arrangements on site.

How much the tickets will cost is not yet known.

Can’t wait until 2023? Meanwhile, Trenitalia has announced new routes for summer 2021, including the first Frecciarossa high-speed train between Milan and Reggio Calabria, as well as high-speed routes into the mountains, including Bolzano to Ancona and Milan to Trento and Bolzano. Services are also being intensified along the Adriatic coast.