From 2023 it will be possible to travel back to Italy on the legendary Orient Express, a 'cinematic' experience with a timeless charm and literary references. An intriguing path of crossing, of territories and cultures; a Gran Tour of ancient memory but with an impeccable contemporary design, cultured and sober. Between adventure and destination, movement and contemplation, slowness and awareness, amazement and inspiration.
The nomadic (conscious) spirit of the new generation of travelers
If during the Belle Époque the original path connected countries and cultures - the West with the East - now the historic luxury train brings its sophisticated nomadic spirit back to life for a new generation of travelers, attentive to sustainability and directed towards a slow who prefers cadenced times, d trains ' epoch reinterpreted in a contemporary key, railway routes little traveled, less explored itineraries, forgotten unknown places. To discover (and rediscover) the wonders of the Bel Paese through a window.
What is the Orient Express La Dolce Vita
From the Arsenale luxury rail tourism project, in partnership with the Accor Group's Orient Express brand, the Orient Express La Dolce Vita is born, which will welcome its first passengers in 2023. Six trains will travel fascinating itineraries across 14 Italian regions and 3 international destinations that will connect Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split.
Rome in the center
As the name suggests, the concept of the new trains pays homage to the eclectic and artistic fervor of the Roman Dolce Vita of the ’60s. And in Rome, visitors will stay in the first Italian hotel signed by Orient Express: the Hotel Orient Express Minerva, which is scheduled to open in 2024.
slow tourism to discover the territory
Passengers will travel through 14 Italian regions, along more than 16,000 km of practicable railway lines, 7,000 km of which are not electrified . A path that winds, explores and tells Italian territories, cultures and stories. Thanks to the partnership with Trenitalia - Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato and Fondazione FS Italiane, the Orient Express La Dolce Vita will allow you to experience the Bel Paese, through slow tourism and eco-sustainable, to discover forgotten roads, unknown places and hidden villages.
The cultured and sober interior design by Dimorestudio
The La Dolce Vita train embodies the art of Italian living par excellence, marrying the Golden Age of Italian design with a more contemporary spirit of travel. The livery of the train and the 'interior design of the elegant and welcoming interiors are designed by Dimorestudio, a Milanese studio founded by Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran.
Sophisticated environments inspired by the masters of design and art
The furnishings that set up the 12 Deluxe cabins, the 18 Suites, the Honor Suite and the restaurant celebrate Italian creativity and art, are inspired by the masters of design of the ' 60s and ' 70, such as Carlo Scarpa, Gio Ponti and Ignazio Gardella, and to the artists of the Spatialism movement, such as Lucio Fontana, Agostino Bonalumi and Enrico Castellani.
A balanced and layered design that is not ostentatious
“The design project of Orient Express La Dolce Vita was conceived to embody a flawless and understated balance between historical and contemporary, without losing its authenticity” explains Moran e Salci. “The spaces are thoughtfully designed and well-curated without being ostentatious and always well-curated. Every element should feel like it has always belonged there, to create a sense of sophisticated depth and visual weights that can be interpreted as layers of exclusiveness. The subtle details complement each other and flow effortlessly”.
Even the taste is made in Italy
Guests of the ' Orient Express La Dolce Vita will enjoy a journey (also) among the food and wine excellences of Made in Italy, tasting the best wines of the peninsula and the recipes of the culinary tradition interpreted by starred chefs.
The itineraries will wind along 14 Italian regions, and beyond
The itineraries are designed to offer travel experiences out of time from one to three nights, in refined environments, in line with the highest standards of luxury, but also of sustainability. The routes will mainly involve Italy where the Alps, the bucolic hilly landscapes and the sunny beaches of the South will be at the center of a contemplative and meditative scenario, to be savored in a slow and conscious way. In addition, in support of the offer, three routes will connect Italy to Paris , Istanbul and Split, crossing over 8 countries.
Rome, special stage of a Grand Tour of ancient memory
If in 1883 Georges Nagelmackers, founder of the Orient Express, connected France to Italy for the first time thanks to the Rome-Express train, now, the much loved Rome will be the home of the brand's first hotel: Orient Express Hotel Minerva, which will open in 2024.
Private terminal in Roma Termini
The Italian capital will also see the inauguration of an Orient Express private terminal in the Roma Termini station. Before departure, the Executive Lounge will welcome travelers from all over the world in a convivial, comfortable and elegant space, equipped with services and dedicated staff ready to assist them.