Suppose you wanted to create a holiday itinerary that allowed you to visit some of the Mediterranean's most amazing historical sites, admire its finest artworks, and sample some of its greatest wines and gastronomy; for good measure, let's also suppose your dream itinerary included convenient and comfortable travel, a healthy dose of breath-taking natural beauty, and a hint of romance.
While it may sound impossible, an independent rail tour of Italy allows you to do exactly that. Infuse your holiday with an unrivalled mix of style, romance, culture, and cuisine by creating your bespoke Italian holiday with GRJ independent, and discover this beautiful region of Europe at a pace set by you.
Between them, Italy's major cities - Rome, Venice, Florence, Pisa, and Milan - probably contain the greatest concentration of iconic landmarks, artistic masterpieces, historical ruins and cultural attractions on the planet.
If your passion is fine art, Italy thoroughly spoils you with paintings, sculptures and murals by the likes of Da Vinci, Botticelli, Caravaggio, Michelangelo, Bernini, and Raphael. An abundance of galleries and places of worship house famous masterpieces but even if you could only visit two, Florence's Uffizzi Gallery and the museums of the Vatican City would be enough to sate your artistic appetite for years to come.
Spend time exploring Italy's magnificent cities and you'll discover an intoxicating blend of art, opera, food, fashion, architecture and romance. Our Taste of Italy tour visits Venice, Rome, Florence, Turin and Pisa.
Our Brenner Pass tour takes in highlights from four countries and five magnificent cities, including Munich, Cologne, Innsbruck, Verona and Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva. As you travel from Italy into Austria, via the historic Brenner Pass, you'll enjoy magnificent scenery, passing the wonderful Dolomite Mountains.
Spend time exploring Italy's magnificent capital city with our Rome City Break itinerary. It's the perfect introduction to the 'Eternal City' where you'll find world-famous landmarks such as the Spanish Steps, Colosseum, Trevi Fountain and Pantheon.
Try our Rome via the Alps tour for a wonderful experience that combines the best of Italy's capital city with the scenic beauty of the Swiss Alps.
Glimpse the Turin Shroud, take a gondola ride through the canals of Venice, and step back in time at the Colosseum in Rome; this 8-day holiday in Italy reveals the delights of this Mediterranean country.
Board the iconic Venice Simplon-Orient-Express to leap back in time to a world of romance, indulgence and adventure. Travel in style through the Austrian Alps and the Dolomites to Venice one of the most beautiful, historic and romantic cities in the world.
Our Venice via Switzerland tour takes you from beautiful lakeside villages, weaving through stunning mountain ranges to the magical city of Venice.
Take a memorable journey through some of the most picturesque scenery in the world aboard the Bernina Express, and ascend through the Alps to St. Moritz. Discover Italy's Lake Como, journey through the vineyards of Velting, and visit Tirano and Lugano.
Explore Italy with a Bespoke Itinerary
If you are looking for a romantic getaway, look no further than the waterways and magnificent architecture of Venice or the beautiful towns and villages that dot the shores of Lake Como or Lake Garda. Stylish Tuscany, meanwhile, is the place to sample some of Italy's finest wines and cuisine. While famous for its rolling acres of sun-kissed vineyards, Tuscany also possesses long unspoilt beaches lapped by cool, clear waters.
Rome, of course, is a must. The 'Eternal City' is forever vibrant and colourful, and whether you choose to explore ancient treasures such as the Roman Forum, Pantheon or the Collosseum, admire the Spanish Steps and the Trevi Fountain or simply relax al fresco with a perfectly-prepared Italian coffee, Rome cannot fail to stir your soul.
Italy is all about passion, style, simplicity, and la dolce vita. With so much on offer, from the natural beauty of the Italian Alps, Dolomite Mountains, and Lake District to romantic and culturally-rich cities such as Venice, Rome and Milan, it really is possible to create an independent rail tour of Italy which fulfils your every wish.
Choose your rail class, stay in luxury hotels, and explore famous attractions; talk to one of our highly experienced tour consultants to begin crafting your perfect holiday today.