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Inside the next Orient Express La Dolce Vita train

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(CNN) – The launch of the new Orient Express La Dolce Vita may still be a long way off, but it looks like the highly anticipated service will certainly be worth the wait.

Renderings of the 11-car train, which pays homage to the ‘La Dolce Vita’ period of the 1960s, have been unveiled, revealing a plush interior that looks more like a boutique hotel than a railroad car.

Orient Express La Dolce Vita will consist of six trains, each comprising 12 ‘luxury cabins’, 18 suites, an’ Honor Suite ‘and a dining car offering a’ five star dining experience ‘including’ award-winning Italian wines and exclusive haute cuisine. “

Each of the trains will pass through 14 regions and 131 cities across Italy, as well as from Rome to Paris, Istanbul and the Croatian port of Split, with trips of one to three nights, when it begins welcoming passengers in 2023. .

Five star service

A rendering of the new Orient Express La Dolce Vita, which will debut in 2023.

Courtesy Orient Express La Dolce Vita / Accor / Dimorestudio

The routes will cover approximately 16,000 kilometers of rail tracks from north to south, including a trip from Venice to Trieste, along the Dalmatian coast to Split, as well as rides through the Tuscan hills and around Sicily.

Those stopping over in Rome will be able to spend the night at the very first Orient Express hotel, Minerva, based in a 17th-century Baroque palace in Piazza di Minerva, once it opens in 2024.

A joint project between Trenitalia, which is part of the Italian national railway company Ferrovie dello Stato, and Arsenale SpA, specializing in luxury hotels, the experience is presented as an “environmentally friendly way to discover the beauty of Italy “.

“Train travel represents the most environmentally friendly choice of transport, improving travel to large cities as well as small and medium-sized places with attractive cultural sites and landscapes,” said Luigi Corradi, CEO and Managing Director of Trenitalia.

New Vision

The train, due to debut in 2023, recalls the

The train, due to make its debut in 2023, is reminiscent of the “La Dolce Vita” period of the 1960s.

Courtesy Orient Express La Dolce Vita / Accor / Dimorestudio

“The La Dolce Vita train will accelerate luxury rail tourism and appeal to many passengers as a safe and eco-sustainable means of travel that protects the environment and allows them to rediscover the most fascinating places in our regions. “

Conceived by architecture and design studio Dimorestudio, the train’s décor skillfully blends the golden age of Italian design with a more modern feel. There are colorful rugs, huge windows, and contemporary artwork.

Rome Termini Station will serve as the hub for each of the routes, offering a dedicated Orient Express Executive Lounge where guests “will enjoy a warm welcome and refreshments while awaiting their journey”.

“These trains offer a new vision of luxury travel that is beyond our imagination,” said Sébastien Bazin, Chairman and CEO of Accor.

To advance

The luxury service is expected to travel to 14 regions and 131 cities in Italy.

The luxury service is expected to travel to 14 regions and 131 cities in Italy.

Courtesy Orient Express La Dolce Vita / Accor / Dimorestudio

“Our association with Arsenale Group has opened up new horizons for us in perfect harmony with the heritage and philosophy of Orient Express, and marks our constant desire to move forward.

Unsurprisingly, a stay on the Orient Express La Dolce Vita will come at a steep price, with trips averaging around € 2,000 (around $ 2,255) per person per night.

Chef Carlo Cracco was on hand to attend to the needs of those on board, offering a taste of what guests will experience during the upcoming service.

The luxury train has been in service since 1982, traveling throughout Europe from March to November as well as to Istanbul once a year.

CNN’s Julia Buckley contributed to this report.