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Escorted Rail Tours Orvieto

An ancient settlement in Umbria

Known to exist even before the Etruscans came in the 8th century BC, Orvieto is undoubtedly one of the oldest settlements in all of Umbria. The picturesque city is sited dramatically on a near-vertical cliff of red volcanic rock, surrounded by defensive walls hewn from the cliff face.

It was in this position, situated on one of Italy's major roads controlling the way between Florence and Rome, that Orvieto began to thrive as a major trading post. By the 13th century, the town was a considerable size. At about the same time, its wealth and size were boosted further when the immensely influential philosopher and theologian Thomas Aquinas taught at the town's Stadium.

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A Grand Tour of Italy Fly:Rail

Experience the very essence of Italy as we discover stylish Milan, the Eternal City of Rome, the tiny yet powerful Vatican City, graceful Renaissance Florence, the labyrinthine port of grand Venice, and iconic Pisa with its unmistakable Leaning Tower, with comfortable rail travel and 4-Star hotels throughout.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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13 days from £2,495per personView tour details
Classic Western Mediterranean Cruise

Step on board the Celebrity Silhouette, for a superb ocean cruise experience through the warm waters of the Western Mediterranean. Boarding at Barcelona, we travel across the sea, stopping at charming ports of call - from Cannes and the Côte d'Azur, to Tuscany and Rome, our tour takes us to the highlights of this beautiful European region.

Departs in September 2017.
12 days from £2,195per personView tour details
Highlights of Tuscany Fly:Rail

Discover the true colours of this acclaimed region on a tour of the highlights of Tuscany. Ochre and terracotta hill towns linked by winding white roads, interspersed with fields of poppies and sunflowers, contrast with the magnificent architecture of the great Renaissance cities.

Departs from May 2017 to August 2017.
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8 days from £1,245per personView tour details
The Italian Riviera Fly:Rail

Colourful villages cling to the dramatic coastline of the Italian Riviera, with the glittering Mediterranean forming picture-postcard vistas in every direction, and glamorous yachts clamouring for attention alongside quaint fishing boats in idyllic harbours.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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Premium Corsica & Côte d'Azur

Experience some of the most glorious destinations in the whole of the Mediterranean such as the idyllic, golden island of Corsica, with its picturesque beaches, and the quintessential holiday spots of the Italian and French Rivieras. Taste one of Italy's most famous dishes and discover the glamour of Monaco and Cannes, all from the comfort of your unique five-masted tall ship, the Royal Clipper.

Departs in August 2017.
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11 days from £3,095per personView tour details
Sicily in Spring Time

Spend 8 days soaking up the beauty of the Sicilian spring, on a delightful holiday by rail. Take in ancient ruins and quaint Italian villages, circle the base of imposing Etna by train, and immerse yourself in the lively colours and long heritage of the splendid Carnival of Acireale, on this charming spring break.

Departs in February 2017.
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Simply Lake Garda Fly:Rail

Picturesque, peaceful and perfectly placed for our visits to Verona and Venice, the lakeside town of Desenzano forms the ideal base for a wonderful and relaxing holiday. The delightful scenery and attractions of Lake Garda and northern Italy are just some of the highlights on this marvellous tour.

Departs from April 2017 to June 2017.
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Sirmione on Lake Garda

Known as the 'Pearl of the Lake', picture-perfect Sirmione is perched on a peninsula on the southern shore of Lake Garda. On this exceptional tour we visit Mantova, the Sigurtá Gardens, and iconic Venice, for a guided tour of this incredible 'Floating City.'

Departs from March 2017 to October 2017.
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10 days from £1,695per personView tour details
Highlights of Tuscany

Discover the true colours of this acclaimed region on a tour of the highlights of Tuscany. Ochre and terracotta hill towns linked by winding white roads, interspersed with fields of poppies and sunflowers contrast with the magnificent architecture of the great Renaissance cities.

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
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10 days from £1,645per personView tour details
Simply Lake Garda

Picturesque, peaceful and perfectly placed for our visits to Verona and Venice, the lakeside town of Desenzano forms the ideal base for a wonderful holiday with a delightful setting on the shores of tranquil Lake Garda - one of Italy's best-loved lakes.

Departs in October 2016 and from March 2017 to October 2017.
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10 days from £1,245per personView tour details
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More about Orvieto

Popes and grapes
Having always had close ties with the Papacy, it is not known exactly when Orvieto ceased its self-government and was acquired by the Papal state; though it is known that the town was under this control until the Kingdom of Italy was united in the 1860s. Today, Orvieto is very popular with tourists as it produces one of the most ancient wines of Italy, with the vines benefitting from the mild climate and the volcanic minerals in the soil.

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