As the winter season approaches, two winter train journeys make their way onto the schedules. The first a step back in time with a snow train through Abruzzo, the second heads to the Dolomites from Rome for snow sport lovers.
As winter blankets Italy’s central Abruzzo region in a serene white embrace, you can experience the magic of winter landscapes and festive markets from the vintage Treno della Neve. Alternatively, embrace the modern luxury of the Snow Train from Rome to the Dolomites.
Treno della Neve in Abruzzo: A Journey Through Winter Wonder
Step back in time as the Treno della Neve, a 1920s-era snow train, gracefully meanders through the heart of Italy’s central Abruzzo region on select dates from November 25 to January 7, 2024. Aptly named the Transiberiana d’Italia, this route takes passengers on a picturesque journey from Sulmona through hillside villages and the breathtaking Majella National Park.
Designed to immerse travellers in the festive spirit, the Treno della Neve makes stops at Campo di Giove, Roccaraso, and Castel di Sangro, all of which host charming Christmas markets. Departing from Sulmona, the train embarks on its journey, with stops at Campo di Giove and Roccaraso from 25th November to 23rd December. During the holiday season, from 26th December to 7th January, the stops shift to Campo di Giove and Castel di Sangro.
The morning departures provide ample time for exploration, with approximately three hours at each town to relish the Christmas markets and embrace local hospitality. As the day unfolds, the snow train gracefully returns to Sulmona in the late afternoon, completing a day filled with winter wonders.
For those eager to plan their winter escape, detailed timetables and ticket information can be found on the Ferrovia dei Parchi website.
Ride in Style: Rome to Cortina d’Ampezzo Snow Train
Launching on 15th December, just in time for the ski season, Italy introduces a night train connecting the Rome to the renowned ski destination of Cortina d’Ampezzo in the Dolomites. This 220-bed sleeper train, operated by FS Treni Turistici Italiani, offers a luxurious journey for winter sports enthusiasts and holidaymakers alike.
Operating every weekend until 25th February, the train makes stops at Orte, Orvieto, Treviso, Ponte nelle Alpi, and Longarone-Zoldo along its route. Departing from Rome at 21:40 on Friday nights, passengers arrive just before 08:00 the next morning at Calalzo, where a brief 50-minute bus journey takes them to the enchanting Cortina d’Ampezzo.
Luigi Cantamessa, CEO of FS Treni Turistici Italiani, emphasises the concept of “trains as hotels,” signalling the beginning of a holiday as soon as the train departs the station. Travellers can choose from single or double bed cabins, complete with dinner and breakfast service, as well as four or six-person sleepers for group reservations.
The Espresso Cadore trains have traditional amenities, including a dining car and a bar. Passengers are allowed access to the train up to 40 minutes before departure, ensuring a seamless boarding process and ample time to place luggage, including sports equipment, in a dedicated carriage.
For those ready to embark on this unparalleled winter journey, detailed information on dates and tickets can be found on the FS Treni Turistici website.
Whether revelling in the vintage charm of Abruzzo or indulging in the luxurious comfort of the Rome to Cortina d’Ampezzo Snow Train, Italy’s winter rail experiences promise an unforgettable holiday season on the rails.