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Italy Launches NEW Snow Train Connecting Rome to the Dolomites🚆🗻🏂

Did you know you can take an overnight Snow Train from Rome to Cortina d’Ampezzo, a world-famous resort known as the "Queen of the Dolomites" this winter? The Italian rail operator, Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), is focused on encouraging more sustainable travel by transforming the journey into part holiday.

Planning a trip to Rome? Consider adding a visit to the Dolomites for a mini-break. Beautiful year-round, Cortina offers a variety of winter sports and it's also the perfect spot to relax this winter.

Published by
Katrina Kerr·11/23/2023
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Adventure Awaits in the Dolomites

Calling all Pirates – adventure awaits and ski season is right around the corner. Is Rome on your bucket list? What about the Dolomites?

Why not visit Rome and the Dolomites in one vacation? Imagine leaving Rome Friday evening and waking up Saturday morning in the midst of a picturesque winter wonderland. If that's on your bucket list, this train is for you.

The Italian rail operator, Ferrovie dello Stato (FS), is focused on encouraging more sustainable travel by transforming the journey into part holiday. The new “Espresso Cadore” sleeper train is being launched taking travelers from Rome to Cortina d’Ampezzo, a world-famous resort known as the Queen of the Dolomites. Home of Italy’s first Olympic games in 1956, the games will return to Cortina in 2026.

Beautiful year-round, Cortina offers a variety of winter sports, such as skiing, snowboarding, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, ice-skating, and sledding. There is something for everyone.

Cortina is a perfect place to relax and be pampered. On a bright sunny day, there is nothing better than sitting on a restaurant terrace and soaking up the sun. Looking to simply enjoy the stunning views? Consider taking a cable car ride or walking on the Old Railway. The “passeggiata ex-ferrovia” that cross Cortina from south to north, is almost flat and the views are simply wonderful.

Getting from Rome to Cortina d'Ampezzo

The Rome to Cortina connection will operate every weekend between December 15th and February 25th, with some additional runs during the Christmas holiday between December 18th and January 3rd.

Departing from Rome Termini on Friday evenings at 9:40 PM, the “Expresso Cadore” train will carry travelers north through spectacular mountain views, and arrive at Calalzo di Cadore just before 8:00 AM Saturday morning. Once in the Dolomites, passengers take a 50-minute bus ride to Cortina d’Ampezzo.

The 220-bed service allows travelers to select single or double bed cabins, or cabins housing four to six sleepers accommodating larger groups. Traveling alone, there are options to reserve a bunk in a dedicated sleeper for women only.

Travelers enjoy breakfast and storage of ski equipment with an optional dinner until 10:30 PM based on their reservation. The train is equipped with a restaurant car, all-night bar for the night owls, and endless scenic views.

Carriages decommissioned in the 80s and 90s are being repurposed for the train’s cabins. FS says they have been “designed to give a unique experience, never seen before in the panorama of Italian rail transport.” For the entire duration of the trip there is staff dedicated to welcoming and supporting passengers.

Additional Resources

Learn more about Cortina d’Amprezzo

Purchase ski passes from Dolomiti Superski

Purchase train tickets for the Espresso Cadore