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World-class art, architecture and gastronomy; Italy needs little introduction. Uncover spellbinding history from Florence, the 'Jewel of the Renaissance', to the centuries of art and culture tucked away in the sacred halls of Vatican City. Of course, there's perhaps no greater way to uncover the culture of a destination than through its food, and dining here is a real treat. Think crispy, woodfired pizza, creamy gelato, and deliciously fresh pasta, perhaps accompanied by a crisp Pinot Grigio or fruity Chianti.

Exploring Italy by train is by far and away the easiest and most comfortable way to see this historic country thanks to an extensive rail network that offers fast and reliable services to the majority of Italy's most desireable destinations. Plus, of course, many of Italy's railways afford a relaxing opportunity to admire Italy's wonderful landscapes.

We've created a collection of Italian rail holidays that cater for every taste, whether your preference is to admire the architecture that has made cities such as Rome famous, or you wish to escape to the beautiful Italian lakes. 

Effortlessly captivating and endlessly inspiring, Italy does everything with flair - and we discover it in the most romantic way possible, from its wonderful network of railways.

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The Italian Riviera
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
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Simply Lake Garda
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4.5 stars(59 reviews)
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Highlights of Tuscany
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4.6 stars(20 reviews)
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Rome, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
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4.0 stars(24 reviews)
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Puglia & Basilicata
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4.4 stars(26 reviews)
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A Grand Tour of Italy
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4.6 stars(20 reviews)
2022JunSepOct
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Where to go and what to see

Top 5 destinations

Amalfi Coast

 

  • Rome
  • Venice
  • Lake Garda
  • Portofino
  • Amalfi Coast

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Top 5 sights

Alberobello

 

  • Colosseum - Rome
  • Leaning Tower - Pisa
  • Pompeii
  • Trulli - Alberobello
  • Cinque Terre

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Destination information & travelling tips

Currency

Euro (€)

Main language

Italian

Capital city

Rome

Timezone

Central European Standard Time (Greenwich Mean Time plus 1 hour).

Travel times

Eight hours by rail to Northern Italy (Turin). Flight times vary between 3-5 hours, depending on whereabouts in the country you fly to/from.

When to travel

Italy is known for its warm weather and Mediterranean climes throughout the year. In summer, head to the Tuscan hills, the shores of the great lakes or the beaches of the Italian Riviera, where fresh breezes help to keep things cool. Spring and autumn are best for visiting the big cities when the crowds are smaller, and the famous art galleries and museums aren't so busy. In winter, the Dolomites and Alps provide a wintry backdrop to some of the country's chicest resorts.

What to pack

What to pack depends largely on where you go and when. If you're travelling at the hottest time of year (June-August), you'll want to make sure you've got plenty of loose, preferably linen, clothes as well as suncream, sunglasses and a hat. If you're visiting places of worship, make sure not to wear shorts (men and women), while ladies will need to ensure they have something that can cover their shoulders. A waterproof in case of inclement weather and a light jacket or two for cooler evenings are also recommended; don't forget your swimsuit if you want to cool off with a swim! If you're travelling in the shoulder months, then layers are a good idea as they leave you prepared for whatever the weather has to throw at you, and a sturdy pair of water-resistant shoes will keep you comfortable on excursion days.

Local customs and cultures

Religion, food and family are some of the most important traditions across Italy. The country is predominantly Catholic and modest dress is required for men and women when you visit any of its places of worship. While eating out, don't expect the high turnover of tables that you see in many restaurants in the UK; meals here are meant to be savoured, with adults and children alike choosing from the same menu. While there are a few exceptions, even in the big cities, most eateries focus on traditional Italian food, so if you feel like you need a carb break, it's worth doing a bit of research about the different cuisines available in the destinations you'll be visiting. This will also help you ensure you try the specialities of each region you travel through. Coffee drinking has some fundamental rules in Italy, with lattes, cappuccinos and any other milky coffee reserved for breakfast time only, espressos, however, are acceptable any time of day, or night! You'll have no problem being understood speaking English pretty much anywhere you go in Italy, but like most countries, they do appreciate a little bit of the local lingo, so be sure to brush up on the basics before you go.

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The Italian Riviera
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
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Simply Lake Garda
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Highlights of Tuscany
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Rome, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
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Varenna
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Puglia & Basilicata
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A Grand Tour of Italy
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Simply Lake Garda
23/May
D Bridges
5 stars
“Superb and managed by an exceptional manager
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The Italian Riviera
21/May
Helen
5 stars
“An excellent holiday, with a perfect tour manager in Amanda, and a wonderful group of people.
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A Grand Tour of Italy
12/May
Mr Kim Ward
5 stars
“Great tour great guides great time
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Puglia and Basilicata
10/May
Jarman
5 stars
“A great experience
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Sicily and The Aeolian Islands
26 Oct 2021
Hautealp
5 stars
“A busy tour with many varied experiences. Palermo’s amazing Norman churches and castle: drinks with the Countess after being shown around her palace: train journeys along the rugged coast : boating among the Aeolian archipelago: Taormina’s stunning beauty and Greek theatre: walking in the ashy snow and smelling the sulphur near the top of Mount Etna followed by a trundle in a metre gauge railcar round its base. All topped off with tasty Sicilian food and wine…
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Top to Toe of Italy
21 Oct 2017
Mr D Cunningham
5 stars
“Outstanding tour manager; great local guides; two brilliant agriturismo visits (one near Siena, the other in Sorrento). Huge potential for things to go wrong during such a long, involved trip - nothing did go wrong for me.
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Highlights of Tuscany
23/May
Raymond Dines
4 stars
“Excellent introduction to Tuscany. Excellent hotels in Turin and Montecatini and well organised tours. Good inclusive service and meals some with complementary wine. Excellent tour manager (Gilly) and friendly small party of 22. Only down side relates to uncomfortable transfer to Nice on the penultimate day and the below average hotel for the one night stay in Nice. Overall very good.
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Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast
23/May
B Inall
4 stars
“The whole trip was a good experience led by a very capable tour manager. Three nights in Rome would have been better (adding a day to the trip). The room at the hotel in Sorrento let it all down slightly as it was definitely in need of refurbishment and not 4* standard. Other members of the group fared better I believe. The food at that hotel was also mediocre. The hotels in Lyon and Rome were lovely and the food very good. Visiting Amalfi, Pompeii, Herculaneum, and Capri we’re amazing experiences, the guided tours of Pompeii and Herculaneum were excellent. Altogether a good and memorable experience.
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Lake Como and The Bernina Express
23/May
S Barratt
4 stars
“Good holiday but too many long coach journeys took the edge of it somewhat, as did having to chase the return of our luggage through First Luggage who were unresponsive. Tim White is a first class Tour Manager and managed to sort out several issues not least when the train broke down on our first day in France. Como is lovely, the food at the hotel was very enjoyable and the Bernina Express was a highlight.
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