As travellers look to shrink their carbon footprints when going abroad, a flurry of new (and resurrected) overnight passenger trains has popped up across Europe. And in what might be the most exciting addition to the burgeoning luxury rail space, the Orient Express La Dolce Vita, is set to welcome passengers aboard in 2023. The latest passenger service from the storied rail company will see six trains (each carrying 62 passengers across a range of cabins and suites) travel from north to south in Italy, chugging through coastal towns and mountain villages and making stops in the country’s big cities and cultural hubs. (Three routes will also connect Italy to Paris, Istanbul, and Split, Croatia, crossing through eight countries in the process).
As you might expect from a line whose name means “the good life” — after Federico Fellini’s iconic 1960 film and the rich period of Italian creativity that surrounded it — the trains of La Dolce Vita pay plenty of attention to the finer details. The colourful interiors of its retrofitted historic rail cars are designed by Dimorestudio to celebrate Italian design of the ’60s and ’70s and capture the era’s joie de vivre. Similar attention has been paid to the trains’ dining. The on-board service has been developed in collaboration with big-name chefs, and you can rest assured it’ll offer plenty of opportunities to indulge in Italy’s finest wines. So, while a plane might get you to wherever you’re headed faster, the old adage “The journey is the destination” has never been truer.