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Orient Express Makes A Grand Return To Italy With La Dolce Vita Train

The first luxury Orient Express train was launched over 150 years ago when Georges Nagelmackers turned a dream into a reality, and the dream lives on as travellers can embark upon an unforgettable journey through Italy as the infamus Orient Express takes to the tracks once more.

The Orient Express La Dolce Vita comes from the luxury rail tourism project signed by Arsenale S.p.A., now in association with Orient Express of Accor Group and will welcome its first passengers in 2023.

Six trains will embark through several iconic itineraries across 14 regions and beyond, including three international destinations from Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split. A magical stopover in Rome will feature the very first Orient Express Hotel, Minerva, scheduled to open in 2024.

The journey invites passengers to travel through more than 16,000 km of workable railway lines – 7,000 km of which are not electrified and are vestiges of Italy’s storied history, presenting guests with an entirely new and environmentally-friendly way to experience the beauty of Italy; an adventure where forgotten roads are explored, hidden treasures discovered and where architectural triumphs take centre stage.

The new Orient Express La Dolce Vita has been inspired by the glamourous 1960’s when , joie de vivre and artistic fervour reinged strong throughout Italy and the concept has been superbyly brought to life through the support from Accor, La Dolce Vita train’s official hospitality partner and the partnership with Trenitalia and Fondazione FS Italiane.

Designed by Dimorestudio, the global architectural and design studio founded by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran in 2003, the Orient Express La Dolce Vita train embodies the Italian art of living and all its beautiful traditions with a more contemporary spirit of travel. The train’s sumptuous decor will adorn 12 Deluxe cabins, 18 Suites, and one Honour Suite and restaurant, all boldly celebrating the craftsmanship, design and creativity of the 1960s and 1970s.

Travellers will enjoy a 5-star dining experience that, in collaboration with renowned local and international chefs and sommeliers, embraces the “Made in Italy’ ethos; expect award-winning Italian wines, exclusive haute cuisine and impeccable service.

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

Find out more. www.orient-express.com