The La Dolce Vita trains will offer 15 itineraries in Italy and other parts of Europe starting in 2023
There are half a dozen luxurious new sleeper trains ready to make tracks across Italy. The famed, century-old train service Orient Express, which is helmed by French hospitality group Accor, has just announced it’s launching six lavish locomotives in 2023 that will take travelers through the boot-shaped country and beyond.
The aptly named La Dolce Vita trains will offer 15 itineraries across Italy and Europe. The 12 scenic routes in Italy will cover 14 of the country’s regions, stopping at a total of 131 cities plus an array iconic destinations, such as the Alps and Tuscany’s Val d’Orcia. What’s more, there will be an opportunity to discover lesser-known areas of the nation, including Matera, where the Bond flick No Time to Die was filmed, along with Calabria’s incredible Sila mountains and the stunning Basilicata coast, to name but a few.
In addition, three international itineraries will take sightseers from Rome to Paris, Istanbul or Split; it’s essentially a way to travel across Europe without ever boarding a flight. The trips will last anywhere from one to three nights, and, on some routes, there will even be a stopover in Rome that includes a stay in the first Orient Express Hotel, Minerva, which is scheduled to open in 2024. Passengers will also get exclusive access to the Orient Express executive lounge at Roma Termini Station, where refreshments will be served prior to boarding.
“Against the backdrop of breathtaking panoramas and a unique blend of cultures, we are convinced that travelers will have unforgettable experiences in Italy with Orient Express La Dolce Vita,” Stephen Alden, CEO Raffles and Orient Express, Accor, said in a statement.
As the moniker implies, the trains pay homage to “La Dolce Vita,” which was a period of glamour and artistic fervor Italy enjoyed during the ‘60s. (It’s artfully reflected in Fellini’s film of the same name.) Designed by Dimorestudio, each train exudes that effortless Italian elegance, with the sumptuous décor directly inspired by the craftsmanship and creativity of the aforementioned era. There will be 11 cars per train, offering space for 63 passengers across 12 deluxe cabins and 18 suites.