Explore Italy next with the upcoming Orient Express luxury train

In the 1960s and 1970s, the free spirit and glamor of “La Dolce Vita” spread throughout Italy – artistically, socially, and in fashion and design. Now, a train of the same name is being developed by Orient Express to showcase the country’s outstanding design and itineraries that aim to visit not only major cities but smaller gems off the beaten path.

The train is also a return to the tracks of the company that ran the original Orient Express, the train linked to international intrigue and Agatha Christie on its way from Paris to Istanbul beginning in 1883. Due to a decline in business, the train stopped operating in 1977 and the French SNCF train network acquired The name. (The Simplon-Orient-Express rifle, launched in 1982 with a pair of original cars bought at auction, owned by Belmond is a completely different train.) The new project is a joint venture between Gruppo Arsenale SpA, the real estate and hospitality company that owns the train, Accor, which acquired 50% of the Orient Express brand in 2017, and SNCF Group, which held the other 50%, has a deal with Accor to develop Orient Express hotels.

“It is exciting to bring the refined Bedouin spirit of the Orient Express program to life for a new generation of travelers,” explains Stephen Alden, CEO of Raffles and Orient Express, Accor. “The original train route was innovative in the way it, paradoxically, brought cultures together – West with East, history with modernity. As travel craftsmen, we wish to relive this amazing ancient world ‘Journey to Elsewhere’ and reconcile some of the paradoxes: a journey A destination, amazement and inspiration, movement and contemplation.Against the backdrop of stunning panoramic views and a unique blend of cultures, we are convinced that travelers will have unforgettable experiences in Italy with the Orient Express the life is Nice. ”

Designed by Milan-based design studio Dimorestudio, the train’s interior will remain opulent but reflect 1960s and 1970s Italy, not the traditional tone of the original in its 12 luxury cabins, 18 suites, one balcony suite, and restaurant. Dimorestudio founders Emiliano Salci and Britt Moran drew inspiration from design icons from that era such as Carlo Scarpa, Gio Ponti and Ignazio Gardella along with artists of the Spatialism movement who focused on space and time in their designs to create a look that would infuse the design of the era with the spirit of travel . Naturally, Italian cuisine and wine will be showcased on board in collaboration with local chefs and bartenders as well as local “Made in Italy” products at various destinations. At the main train hub at Rome’s Termini Station, an executive lounge dedicated to train passengers will also offer local refreshments and staff to prepare guests for their journey.

These trips will be carried out by six trains that pass 14 regions across the country from north to south and three destinations abroad: Rome to Paris, Istanbul and Split, Croatia. Given the partnership with SNCF, 10,000 miles of railroads will be explored including 4,375 miles of back tracks that lead to lesser-known discoveries and landscapes across lakes, forests, the Alps and coasts. In the north, the train will travel from the Italian lakes to the Dolomites and Veneto, exploring Venice, the Langhe region and Mantova; Travelers traveling in November will be able to taste the first white truffles in Alba.

In the center, a train from Rome travels through the Tuscan and Umbrian hills, and the vineyards and art treasures of Florence and Siena. In the south, passengers will see the wild west of Sicily, heading back toward Syracuse and Mount Etna and then up the Ionian coast to the beaches of Salento and stopping at the Baroque city of Lecce and the tiered city of Matera on to Naples and Pompeii.

On international flights, passengers travel between Rome and Paris along the French and Italian Riviera. The flight from Rome to Istanbul passes through Venice and follows the historical path of the original Orient Express to that Turkish city. The road from Rome to Split also passes through Venice and Trieste along the islands of the Dalmatian coast to that Croatian city.

Trains will start rolling in 2023; Visitors beginning or ending their journeys in Rome will have the option of attaching the train when it opens the following year. The Orient Express Hotel, Minerva, the first hotel in this new group, is being developed in 17 former hotelsy A century-old Palazzo Fonseca that formerly operated as the Grand Hotel de la Minerve in the Pantheon area of ​​the city. It was once a stopover on a major European tour that attracted the likes of Hermann Melville and an extended stay for writers like George Sand and Stendhal. The new owners hope this will be part of an important date again.

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