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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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Sirmione on Lake Garda
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The Italian Riviera
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Varenna
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Simply Lake Garda
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Highlights of Tuscany
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A Grand Tour of Italy
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Puglia & Basilicata
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Rome, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
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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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Sirmione on Lake Garda
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Sardinia Island
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The Italian Riviera
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Varenna
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Simply Lake Garda
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Highlights of Tuscany
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A Grand Tour of Italy
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Lake Orta
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Chianti Hills, Italy
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Puglia & Basilicata
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Rome, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
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Stresa & Lake Maggiore
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Rome, Sorrento and the Amalfi Coast
4/Nov
Mark Warrick
5 stars
“A wonderful holiday with a varied itinerary that included history, spectacular scenery and sunny beaches. Rail travel was smooth and easy and we had some wonderful meals. The hotel in Sorrento was great but its breakfast coffee was best avoided - appalling for Italy - but that was the only poor aspect of a really good time. Tour manager was wonderful.
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A Grand Tour of Italy
26/Oct
A Grandfield
5 stars
“Brilliant venues, great hotels, easy travel. All supported by a tour guide who had everything really well organised. Would recommend to anyone.
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Top to Toe of Italy
12/Oct
J Red
5 stars
“We had a great time travelling from top to toe in Italy. The holiday was fast paced but each destination was worth the visit. We had excellent tour guides, excellent hotels in good locations and a superb tour manager who was well organised and well informed.
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Stresa and Lake Maggiore
3/Oct
Jennifer Wotherspoon
5 stars
“A wonderful holiday, very efficiently organised and very amiable company
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Lakes and Mountains of Switzerland and Italy
24/Sep
Mr Joe Bannister
5 stars
“Friendly group really well organised holiday and great fun
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Oberammergau and Lake Garda
16/Sep
Helen McComb
5 stars
“We had the tour of a lifetime. The Passion Play was mesmerising in every aspect, and was the highlight of the tour. Nonetheless, our Lake Garda stay was very memorable with a visit to the stunning city of Verona, followed by a wine tasting and meal at a winery in Valpolicella. A speedboat ride across the southern end of Lake Garda to Isola de Garda proved unmissable with a tour around the estate, gardens and time for canapes and drinks. I already miss the sheer beauty of the mountains in Italy and Bavaria. Our tour group were equally wonderful with our lovely Tour Manager Rosalinde Smith. Thank you for such an unforgettable experience.
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The Magic of Sicily
17 Oct 2019
Mrs A Coleman
5 stars
“good facilities well organised
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Simply Lake Garda
10/Nov
David Firmin
4 stars
“A very enjoyable trip helped by very fine weather and good company. We have several friends who have expressed strong interest and are quite likely to participate in future.
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
6/Nov
Alan Smith
4 stars
“A tiring holiday but a very good experience
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