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Embark on the luxury train, where Italian enological masterpieces and culinary experience signed by Heinz Beck await.


Embark on the luxury train, where Italian enological masterpieces and culinary experience signed by Heinz Beck await.

Category: Europe - Italy - Events - Ultimate Luxury Experiences - Communication/Marketing
More Ultimate Luxury Experiences: Wine & Dine
This is a press release selected by our editorial committee and published online for free on 2024-04-15

La Dolce Vita Orient Express, the first Italian venture in luxury rail hospitality, makes a stop in Verona with its curated ‘Vinitaly Lounge’ at Vinitaly, an international wine and spirits exposition in Northeast Italy.

The mockup of the train will be present during the event in outdoor area Hall 9-11, marking the first public presentation of the new partnership with the prestigious oenological Salon.

The partnership between La Dolce Vita Orient Express and Vinitaly has committed to annually selecting six oenological excellences present during the salon, representative of Northern, Central, and Southern Italy.

The careful selection will eventually become part of the train's wine list.

Further to this commitment and coinciding with Vinitaly’s 56th edition, Beck & Maltese Consulting alongside La Dolce Vita Orient Express confirmed that renowned three Michelin starred chef, Heinz Beck, will oversee the cuisine on board the ‘Made in Italy’ rail cruises.

Starting from its inaugural departures set for spring 2025, guests aboard La Dolce Vita Orient Express will have the pleasure of experiencing the selected labels and curated menu by Chef Heinz Beck.

With the ambition of its cuisine to become a recognized part of UNESCO heritage, the train will offer regional and thematic routes, celebrating the culinary diversity of each region traversed during every journey.

The culinary and oenological experienced showcased at Vinitaly seamlessly aligns with the luxury hospitality concept championed by Arsenale.

It seeks to foster collaborations with local Italian life and celebrate the authentic symbols of Italian excellence; ranging from carriage production and product selection on board to the interior design - reinforcing the principles that have given life to La Dolce Vita Orient Express, from the very beginning.

“Creating an industrial model capable of elevating national and international tourism offerings by systematizing what represents the most renowned Italian brand worldwide, Made In Italy. High-profile excellence and quality are at the heart of every experience that will be recreated both off and on board the train. Special thanks therefore go to chef Heinz Beck, who with his art will guarantee guests of 'La Dolce Vita Orient Express' experiences that are hardly repeatable, and to Vinitaly for giving us the opportunity to launch and highlight, alongside the biggest labels, also those lesser-known wineries but synonymous with quality and the uniqueness typical of our incredible country," commented Paolo Barletta, CEO of Arsenale SpA.

"With this partnership we are giving our exhibitors at Vinitaly a new high-profile business opportunity towards a high-spending segment that adds to the promotional initiatives already on the calendar throughout the year in Italy and abroad in favor of Made in Italy wine," states Veronafiere President Federico Bricolo.

La Dolce Vita Orient Express, with the support of Trenitalia-Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato, Fondazione Fs, and Treni Turistici Italiani, is designed for travelers in search of a unique experience, entirely dedicated to Made In Italy.

With its iconic journeys, each allowing to discover the richness of Italian regions, the train will cover over 16,000 km, including 7,000 km non-electrified railway, promoting the beauty of sustainable tourism.

The agreement between Arsenale and Vinitaly is based on shared values, aimed at promoting the region, respecting Italian traditions, and the excellence of ‘Made in Italy’, a unique heritage recognized worldwide.

Guests may reserve the train today by contacting the La Dolce Vita Orient Express reservations center at one of the following phone numbers: France : +33 (1)8 72 12 940, United Kingdom : +44 20 30 24 49 49, Italy : +39 0 28 14803 33, United States & Canada : +1 833 661 3080. For all other countries: +44 20 30 24 49 49 or +1 833 661 3080.

As of April 24th 2024, guests may reserve directly online by visiting:

About Orient Express

Artisan of Travel since 1883, Orient Express sublimates the art of travel with its luxury trains, unique experiences, and collections of rare objects. And coming soon: its first hotels around the world, with the opening of Orient Express La Minerva in Rome in late 2024 and the first Orient Express Hotel in Venice in 2025. Another project has also been announced in Riyadh, the first city in the Middle East to announce the arrival of an Orient Express hotel. The luxury travel experience will continue with the launch of La Dolce Vita Orient Express, and then, the return of The legendary Orient Express to railways, and Orient Express Silenseas – the world’s largest sailing ship.

About Arsenale S.p.A.

Founded in 2020 by Paolo Barletta and Annabel Holding, Arsenale is an Italian company operating in the luxury hospitality industry. Its primary objective is enhancing the Italian tourism sector through two main divisions: Hospitality Hotel and Resort, which develops and manages luxury hotel facilities in synergy with renowned global luxury brands such as Soho House and Orient Express. The company's pipeline includes several strategic operations in Rome, Cortina, Tuscany, and Southern Italy. Luxury Train Cruising develops Orient Express La Dolce Vita, the first sustainable rail tourism project offering luxury accommodations in collaboration with Orient Express, Trenitalia-Gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato, and FS Foundation. In 2023, Arsenale began the internationalization phase by developing a new concept of luxury rail cruising, thanks to Italian know-how and craftsmanship. The company has signed a partnership with Saudi Arabia Railways, for the development of Dream of The Desert, the first luxury train expected in the Kingdom, with Etihad Railway, for the development of a luxury train that will travel across the Middle Eastern peninsula; with O'zbekiston Temir Yo'llari JSC, the Railways of Uzbekistan and the State Tourism Committee of the Republic of Uzbekistan, to develop the first luxury train in Central Asia that will run from the end of 2026 and with Egypt National Railway for the first luxury train in Egypt.

La Dolce Vita Orient Express

La Dolce Vita Orient Express
Photo credit © La Dolce Vita Orient Express

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