Luxury slow travel in Italy with the Orient Express La Dolce Vita

The unveiling of the Orient Express La Dolce Vita later this year, a new “vintage-style” train which  will travel around Italy on one—and two-night journeys.Full in the trend of slow travel, and an appetite for nostalgia the "new Orient Express Dolce Vita Train" redesigned by Dimorestudio, the architecture and design studio founded by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran. The train is a partnership between the French hotel group Accor and the Italian luxury hospitality group Arsenale S.P.A., with a railway partnership with Trenitalia—Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato—and the Fondazione FS Italiane. The Dolce Vita Orient Express is a different company to that of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, which is owned by Belmond, part of LVMH, and runs from London to Venice.

The design inspiration is La Dolce Vita, the name of the Italian décor, art, and architecture of the 1960s, made famous by Federico Fellini’s film La Dolce Vita.

The 11-carriage train will carry just 62 guests. There are 12 deluxe wood-lined cabins, 18 master suites, and one "La Dolce Vita" suite. Each car is the epitome of luxury complete with some well-deserved extra attention and traditional room service. The 12 Deluxe Cabins with private bathroom invite you to relax in comfort.  When it’s time for the “Great Transformation” aka the passage to Sleep mode, the sofa unfolds into a double bed and the footstools act as coffee tables and stools. The Suites are true master bedrooms equipped with a sofa, a table, two armchairs and a private bathroom. The cheerful design alternates shades of orange, terracotta and purple, and the brass finishes make for an authentic touch. The carpets and curtains in precious fabrics designed by Dimorestudio, as well as the lighting fixtures  add an extra touch of soul to the decor.

Welcome to Italy. From the “Grand Tour of Italy” breakfast to the Afternoon Tea, the Aperitivo and Le Grand Soir evening dinner, the ultimate Italian cuisine and wine awaits you. The walls of the dining car are decorated with glossy lacquer in shades echoing nature and sage, and the sconces project a soft, deep light. It’s an idyllic setting for lunch and dinner. A place where the sweet notes of Italian music resound, all draped in white tablecloths embroidered with Orient Express motifs, with olive oils, vintage silverware and Italian earthenware. On the menu, you can find a selection of dishes and seasonal products, exceptional dishes (sea urchin coral, truffles…), and  the best wines of the Italian regions visited during the trip, all served with elegance and discretion.

Prior to Dinner you can have an Aperitivo in the Bar Car.  The warm and friendly space is sublimated by a bright lacquered ceiling and a selection of furniture in elegant tones ranging from beige to off-white and camel. It’s the ideal setting to enjoy traditional Italian Aperitivo, a sublime buffet of antipasti, signature cocktails and Limoncello. 

Rome is the departure point for many of the Dolce Vita Orient Express Itinearies from the dedicated Dolce Vita Departure Lounge at Rome Ostiense station to welcome passengers and provide refreshments. The Lounge is where you will pick up boarding passes, cabin numbers, and baggage tags. After a day sightseeing in Rome, it’s good to know that there will be changing rooms with showers available before the journey begins. Two-night journeys include Rome, Venice, and Portofino; Rome, Venice, and Siena;  Matera, Palermo, Agrigento & Taormina: Sicly Through its Myths; and Rome & Nizza Monferrato: En Route to Truffles and Wine. Single-night journeys include Rome & Montalcino: En Route to Fine Wines and Rome, Maratea & Palermo: The Wonders of the Tyrrhenian Sea.

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