Discover Italy by rail on a tailor-made tour with GRJ independent. Explore and see the art, culture and romance is a truly idyllic destination.
The best of Italy
Italy is a destination of justified renown and one of the most romantic, beautiful, culturally-rich and gastronomically exciting countries in Europe. Eat pasta in Pisa, seafood in Sorrento and relax under a Tuscan sun, whether you choose to travel from top to toe in one go, or focus on one region at a time. Boasting volcanoes and the world's smallest country (Vatican City), from its well-heeled boot to its northern territories, each province delights.
Getting there by rail
The journey from London to Italy on the train is deceptively simple. After taking the Eurostar to Paris, continue on the local, high-speed service to one of the border towns such as Chambéry or Turin. Here you can spend a relaxing night before boarding your final train, which will take you into the very heart of Italy, allowing you to enjoy sights as the Dolomite Mountains, the curving elegance of Italy's big lakes or the hustle and bustle of its colourful cities.
Benefits of rail
See sights you just never could flying over them and experience destinations like a local. Those first steps out of a central train station, steeped in regional customs and quirks is how travel was meant to be. Straight away you're at the centre of the action, a place where you can buy a cup of locally brewed coffee or people watch as Italians go about their day. The charm of a rail journey lives on in the 21st century, when so much of life goes by too quickly.
Experience the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Has there ever been a finer example of luxury, glamour and class than the Orient Express? Possibly the most famous train in the world, the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express combines a refined heritage, elegant carriages and the highest class of on board service to offer passengers a once-in-a-lifetime experience on history's greatest rail journey. Harking back to the halcyon days of the golden age of rail, magnificent carriages of polished wood, tasteful white decorations and plush comfortable furnishings combine with excellent service and the cuisine of a 5-Star restaurant to make the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express one of the greatest rail journeys on the planet.
On its journey from Venice the train passes through Italy's spectacular Dolomite Mountains. Regarded as one of the most beautiful mountain landscapes in the world, the Dolomites achieved UNESCO World Heritage site status in 2009. Then once in Austria, you'll travel over the incredible Brenner Pass, providing a magnificent mountain panorama. Make your way to Calais to travel through the Channel Tunnel aboard a luxury motorcoach before joining the Belmond Briti sh Pullman at Folkestone. As you meander through classic Briti sh pastoral scenes, you can reflect fondly on two days of pure indulgence.
Why not personalise your experience and enjoy time travelling in Italy, whether in the cities or the countryside, before boarding this fantastic train? See overleaf for more inspiration about what to see and do on a rail holiday in Italy.
If ever there was a country of contrasts, it's Italy. The tranquil countryside with its magnificent lakes, mountains and olive groves enfolds towns and cities that are seemingly impossibly ancient, yet still as frenetic and vibrant as ever, with the bustle and noise of modern life taking the place of marching Roman legionaries. Then there's the vast swathes of shoreline, with the Amalfi Coast regularly being voted one of the most scenic spots in Europe.
Some of Italy's greatest and most famous works of literature,
architecture and art were produced during the Renaissance period
and can still be seen in cities up and down the country, such as in
Florence's Cathedral and Uffizi Gallery, Saint Peter's Basilica in
Rome, and the Basilica di Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, where
Leonardo da Vinci's famous mural, The Last Supper, is
Great Italian lakes
Some of Italy's best-loved holiday spots have always been in and around Italy's famous lakes. Even the Romantic poet Percy Bysshe Shelly wrote of Lake Como, "This lake exceeds anything I ever beheld in beauty", whilst Dante is known to have spent time beside Lake Garda following his banishment from Florence. And today they hold no less allure with their sapphire waters and quaint villages.
Suggested Italian Itineraries
The Itineraries shown are intended to give an overview of what is possible and are by no means the only options available, designed to offer an idea of all the places you could visit and give you an overview of each destination. We arrange holidays to suit all tastes and budgets, so you can pick and choose from below or come up with something completely unique.
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