Orient Express: will return to travel in Italy from 2023

The historic luxury train - Orient Express, symbol of the Sixties, is back on the Italian tracks, and its official departure is scheduled for 2023. Starting in 2023 with 6 trains and several iconic itineraries. Guests will travel in luxury through a leisurely-paced tour from Northern to Southern Italy, across 14 regions, and beyond including 3 international destinations from Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split. Orient Express La Dolce Vita is to be made up of six trains, each featuring 12 "deluxe cabins," 18 suites, an "Honour Suite" and a restaurant carriage offering a "five-star dining experience" including "award-winning Italian wines and exclusive haute cuisine." Discovering and rediscovering the beauties of Italy through a window is the new trend of slow tourism, which has led to the enhancement of historic trains and completely forgotten railway routes. Unmissable opportunities for passengers, who can admire the natural beauty of the beautiful country from a new point of view while immersing themselves in an atmosphere of other times, when high speed was still a futuristic mirage. 

Above all, those of the masters of the Italian style of the 60s and 80s, which characterize The 12 Deluxe cabins, the 18 suites, the Honor Suite and the restaurant are characterized by the Italian Style of the 60s and 80s; designed by the Milanese Dimorestudio, the international architecture and design studio. A train that makes Italianness its pride cannot fail to pay special attention to catering. The Dolce Vita brings together the best national and international chefs and bartenders, in order to create food and wine proposals capable of combining Italian local tradition with the refinement of modern cuisine. Starred chefs will revisit typical dishes of Mediterranean culture, served in the Executive Lounge, where guests can taste them in an elegant and welcoming space.

The train, born from the collaboration between Arsenale S.P.A., the Accor Group and Trenitalia, will welcome its first passengers in 2023. A first maiden voyage was held on 15 June, connecting Rome to Civitavecchia. The itineraries will offer stays of one to three nights, with overnight stays in equally exclusive hotels. The convoys will cross the Alps, Piedmont and the Ligurian Riviera, the villages of the Val D'Orcia and the Tuscan Maremma, the Via Transiberiana and the Sassi di Matera, Western and Eastern Sicily, Baroque Sicily, the Lucanian and Ionian Coast and the Salento. A magical stopover in Rome will feature the very first Orient Express Hotel, Minerva scheduled to open in 2024.

Orient Express La Dolce Vita train, a historical building owned by Fondazione FS will be completely refurbished. There, guests will enjoy a warm welcome and refreshments while awaiting their journeys in a convivial and elegant space, complete with dedicated services and staff to assist them. Itineraries are designed to provide a highly emotional travel experience, appealing to all five senses. Most itineraries will be in Italy, where the Alps, bucolic hillside landscapes and paradise beaches of the South will take centre stage.

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