Orient Express Returns to Italy With La Dolce Vita Train

More than 150 years ago, Georges Nagelmackers launched the first luxury Orient Express train. Soon, Orient Express will head back to the tracks to offer travelers a variety of journeys through Italy and beyond. From the luxury rail tourism project signed by Arsenale S.p.A., now in association with Orient Express of Accor Group, comes the Orient Express La Dolce Vita, which will welcome its first passengers in 2023. Six trains will offer several itineraries across 14 regions, including three international destinations from Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split. A stopover in Rome will feature the very first Orient Express Hotel, Minerva, scheduled to open in 2024.

The concept for the new Orient Express La Dolce Vita trains is said to pay tribute to “La Dolce Vita”—a historical period of glamour, joie de vivre and artistic fervor in Italy during the 1960s. With support from Accor, official hospitality partner of La Dolce Vita trainsand thanks to the partnership with Trenitalia and Fondazione FS Italiane, the journey invites passengers to travel through nearly 10,000 miles of workable railway lines—4,300 miles of which are not electrified and are vestiges of Italy’s storied history. The Orient Express La Dolce Vita offers a new way of experiencing the country: "An environmentally friendly adventure where forgotten roads are explored and hidden treasures discovered."

The train will have 12 Deluxe cabins, 18 Suites and one Honour Suite and restaurant, all celebrating the craftsmanship, design and creativity of the 1960s and 1970s. Travelers will experience five-star service on-board and savor Italian wines and cuisine. Before departure at the Roma Termini station, the Orient Express executive lounge will welcome passengers offering them a selection of refreshments.

The itineraries have been chosen to create unique travel experiences. Most will start in Italy, revealing the wonders of the Alps, the countryside or the beaches of southern Italy. In addition, three dedicated itineraries will take passengers through eight countries, linking Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split.

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