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Capturing the glamour of Italy in the 1960s, the Orient Express La Dolce Vita luxury train launches in 2023.

There’s something about train travel that holds a sense of mystique and glamour, especially when you’re traversing the European continent in the process. A modern incarnation of the iconic Orient-Express luxury train, Accor will launch the Orient-Express La Dolce Vita train in Italy next year, a sublimely contemporary homage to the golden era of rail travel.

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Paying tribute to the first Orient-Express train, launched 150 years ago by Georges Nagelmackers, the La Dolce Vita 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 concept for the new Orient Express La Dolce Vita takes its inspiration from “La Dolce Vita”, a historical period of glamour, joie de vivre, and artistic fervour in Italy during the 1960s. A collaboration between hotel group Accor and Trenitalia and Fondazione FS Italiane, the journeys invite 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.

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Designed by Dimorestudio, 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. You’ll also dine well along the way thanks to a crew of local and international chefs and sommeliers. On-board services will include fine dining, entertainment, and the all-important lounge bar.

Capturing the glamour of Italy in the 1960s, the Orient Express La Dolce Vita luxury train launches in 2023.

The itineraries have been chosen to create unique travel experiences, all capable of awakening our five senses. Most 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 you through eight countries, linking Rome to Paris, Istanbul, and Split.

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