Trenitalia, which is a subsidiary of the government-owned railway company Ferrovie dello Stato Italiane has partnered with the luxury hospitality specialists at Arsenale Spa to create the forthcoming “Treno della Dolce Vita’. The dolce vita is one of its kind, offering luxury to its passengers.
The new sleeper train will offer 10 different itineraries which offer one- to three-day travel through some of Italy’s most prominent and celebrated landscapes, also covering 10,000 miles of tracks from the north to the south. With routes that extend into 14 of the country’s 20 regions, ultimately reaching 128 cities.
The objective is to offer a plush, glamorous and luxurious onboard experience, similar to Belmond’s iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. The project aims to capture post-pandemic demand for slower travel and traveller’s desire to see lesser-visited places.
According to CNN Travel, CEO of Arsenale SpA, Paolo Barletta, said: “Tourism doesn’t just mean hotels and restaurants. Italy is a 360-degree experience and we need to start again from that experience to make a complete offering.” He also certified that the train would transport tourists to “lesser-known places” on “new itineraries”.
The passengers will be sleeping, dining and enjoying live entertainment in historic train carriages. It provides them luxury, retro-style interiors invoking the feeling of ‘La Dolce Vita’ (the sweet life), an idea brought to life by Federico Fellini’s famous film of the same name from the 1960s. There will also be a lounge bar car and a concierge service to assist with arrangements at the destinations.
The train’s new incarnation also pays homage to the ‘60s particular upscale living aesthetic, with retro-era fittings and furnishings supplied by some of Italy’s most acclaimed designers, including Gio Ponti, Carlo Scarpa and Piero Fornasetti, and throwback artwork to match.
Each train will connect 11 carriages train that can collectively accommodate only 64 people in 32 cabins—12 deluxe cabins and 20 suites.
While the Dolce Vita Train isn’t scheduled to launch until 2023, the project’s announcement was accompanied by a trial journey that ran from Rome to Civitavecchia, catered by celebrity chef Carlo Cracco, aboard a vintage train that was outfitted just for the occasion.