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Italy Rail & Escorted Holidays

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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Holiday ideas for Italy

Sirmione on Lake Garda
Small Group
4.5 stars(42 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
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£1,995 pp
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Highlights of Tuscany
Small Group
4.6 stars(14 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
10 days from
£2,095 pp
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The Italian Riviera
Small Group
4.2 stars(19 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
10 days from
£2,195 pp
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Simply Lake Garda
Small Group
4.5 stars(52 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
10 days from
£1,495 pp
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Rome, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
Small Group
4.5 stars(11 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
12 days from
£2,595 pp
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A Grand Tour of Italy
Small Group
4.5 stars(17 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunSepOct
12 days from
£2,895 pp
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Puglia & Basilicata
Small Group
4.2 stars(21 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunSep
12 days from
£2,695 pp
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Stresa & Lake Maggiore
Small Group
2021AugSepOct
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
10 days from
£2,495 pp
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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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Expert opinions & guides

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
Small Group
4.5 stars(42 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
10 days from
£1,995 pp
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10 days from
£1,995
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsLondon
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Highlights of Tuscany
Small Group
4.6 stars(14 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAugSep
10 days from
£2,095 pp
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10 days from
£2,095
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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The Italian Riviera
Small Group
4.2 stars(19 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
10 days from
£2,195 pp
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£2,195
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Varenna
Small Group
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
10 days from
£2,095 pp
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  • DestinationItaly, Switzerland
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Simply Lake Garda
Small Group
4.5 stars(52 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022AprMayJunJulAug...
10 days from
£1,495 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Rome, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
Small Group
4.5 stars(11 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunAugSepOct
12 days from
£2,595 pp
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12 days from
£2,595
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail
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A Grand Tour of Italy
Small Group
4.5 stars(17 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunSepOct
12 days from
£2,895 pp
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£2,895
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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13 days from
£2,995
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  • DestinationAustria, Italy
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail, Coach
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Puglia & Basilicata
Small Group
4.2 stars(21 reviews)
2021SepOct
2022AprMayJunSep
12 days from
£2,695 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
  • AccommodationHotel
  • TransportRail
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Taormina
Small Group
2021SepOct
2022MayJunSepOct
8 days from
£1,695 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsLondon Gatwick, London Heathrow
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  • TransportFlight, Rail, Coach
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Stresa & Lake Maggiore
Small Group
3.9 stars(8 reviews)
2021AugSepOct
2022MayJunJulAugSepOct
10 days from
£2,495 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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  • TransportRail, Coach
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Lake Orta
Small Group
2021SepOct
2022MayJunSepOct
10 days from
£1,845 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Our customers love our Italy tours
Rome, Sorrento and Amalfi Coast
19 Oct 2019
Mr P West
5 stars
“thoroughly enjoyable holiday
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
The Magic of Sicily
17 Oct 2019
Mrs A Coleman
5 stars
“good facilities well organised
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Puglia and Basilicata
11 Oct 2019
Mr K Davies
5 stars
“An excellent company to deal with
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Sirmione on Lake Garda
09 Aug 2019
Mrs L Beech
5 stars
“Excellent organisation. Information well communicated. High quality hotels and food. Interesting excursions.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
A Grand Tour of Italy
03 Nov 2018
Mrs J Hitchcock
5 stars
“I will never need to travel with another company again. Great Rail Journeys are 5 star in every respect. Fantastic holiday.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Highlights of Tuscany
11 Jul 2018
Mr F Gamester
5 stars
“Out of all our tours with Great Rail the company of our fellow travellers was the best we have encountered. A great group of people and many friends made. For the first time in eight tours we have met up with someone we have travelled with before.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
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.
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Stresa and Lake Maggiore
01 Nov 2019
Mr M Goode
4 stars
“Overall a good holiday but we felt that the food in Hotel Regina Palace was not up to the quality we would expect of a 4 star hotel
Collected by Great Rail Journeys
Simply Lake Garda
21 Oct 2019
Mr P Collett
4 stars
“Logistics, organisation excellent little disappointed in location of hotel and did not agree with its 4 star categorisation
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