The Orient Express is perhaps one of the most famous train routes in the world, but the legendary service was discontinued over 40 years ago.
Very soon, however, people will be able to book an entirely new experience, paying homage to the iconic train journey.
A new service will be launched next summer, with six trains running across 14 Italian regions as well as three 10,000-mile international routes.
These new trains will connect Paris, Rome, Split and Istanbul and will offer travelers several different routes.
The all-new La Dolce Vita Orient Express will be luxurious, with 12 luxurious cabins, 18 suites and a five-star restaurant with international chefs and sommeliers serving Italian products on each train.
It is expected that the locomotives will also have a lounge bar, the details of which will be published very soon.
Paolo Barletta, CEO of Arsenale – the company behind the newest venture – said: “We’re bringing back the opulent icon, but giving it a completely Italian touch.
The Orient Express La Dolce Vita will open a window to some of the lesser-known corners of our country, still stopping in Rome, Florence and Milan, and providing the high level of service for which it has always been known.
“The idea is to give passengers the opportunity to step off the train and explore beyond Italy’s most obvious destinations – to experience the ‘dolce vita’ in 360 degrees.”
In addition, passengers arriving in Rome will also have the opportunity to stay at an Orient Express themed hotel called the Minerva, scheduled to open in 2024.
The venue will pay homage to the historic train journey and is said to be the first of a series of hotels – so keep an eye out for this space.
Passengers hoping to take a seat on the train will be able to book trips for one to three days, with tickets going on sale in June 2022.
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