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Escorted Rail Tours to Rome

All roads lead to the capital of Italy

Founded by Romulus on 21 April 753 BC, Rome was soon the largest city in the world, peaking in power during the rule of Marcus Aurelius from 161-180 AD. At the time the city was the centre of the incredibly powerful Roman Empire, which ruled so much of the world. The city is built on seven hills (Capitolino, Palatino, Quirinale, Viminale, Esquilino, Celio and Aventino) with a wide, flat and open central area, named Camp Marzio after the ancient God of War. Originally used as a training camp for Rome's forces, this area is now home to many of the city's most famous sights.

Rome's architecture charts the passage of time as clearly as anywhere in Europe; with wonderfully preserved monuments from the early Romans and buildings with distinctive medieval, Renaissance and Baroque features. The most famous sights are a real wonder to behold - no photo can prepare you for the awesome sight of the Colosseum close up. No other city boasts as many world-class sights as Rome - not even Athens, New York or London. As well as the Roman heritage sights, Rome also boasts beautiful medieval areas, impressive city squares and of course the country within Rome - Vatican City, with the incredible St Peter's Basilica.

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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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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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Rome, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast

The Amalfi Coast and its islands make up one of the most visually stunning regions in the whole of Europe. Starting in the ancient city of Rome, and then based in Sorrento, we visit magnificent Capri and the alluring lost city of Pompeii

Departs from April 2017 to October 2017.
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12 days from £2,295per personView tour details
A Grand Tour of Italy

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 March 2017 to October 2017.
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Puglia & Basilicata

Immerse yourself in culture on the unspoilt 'heel' of Italy, a rugged, rural and breathtakingly beautiful area. We tour the ancient city of Rome before travelling through the olive groves, vineyards and almond trees of a region referred to as 'the breadbasket of Italy' on a wonderful adventure exploring Puglia & Basilicata.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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The Beauty of Calabria

After discovering the sights of Turin and Rome, we explore the incredible coastal scenery and enchanting cliff-top towns at the southern tip of the Italian mainland. This undiscovered region of exquisite natural beauty looks out at the alluring island of Stromboli, home to one of the world's most active volcanoes.

Departs from May 2017 to September 2017.
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Top to Toe of Italy

From its ancient and classical cities to its hillside villages and dramatic coastline, Italy offers something for all visitors. On this incredible adventure we travel the length of this attractive country, taking in iconic sights such as Venice, the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Pompeii, and lesser-known places like Tuscan Siena.

Departs from April 2017 to September 2017.
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Beautiful Tuscany & Rome

With their lush vineyards, pretty olive groves and undulating landscapes, Tuscany and Umbria are undoubtedly two of Italy's most beautiful regions. On this marvellous tour we discover both areas and their rich variety of attractions, including famous Florence to undiscovered Pienza, all from our base in Chianciano Terme.

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Premium Grand Voyage - Venice to Nice

Enjoy a truly grand voyage through some of Italy's most exulted locations as we sail aboard the MV Aegean Odyssey. Marvel at Venice's shimmering lagoon adorned by marble palaces and stately piazzas, experience Dubrovnik's charm and watch Mount Etna's monolithic glory approach as you sail towards Sicily. See the eternal grandeur of Rome and Florence on a cruise that inspires at every turn.

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More about Rome

Colosseum
One of the most familiar symbols of Ancient Rome is the incredible Colosseum. An awesome sight to behold up close, the unmissable Colosseum is part circus, part sports arena. Although time, weather, pillaging and earthquakes have taken their toll on the classical ruin, it is a breathtaking sight and contains the original pathways, ramps, cells, corridors and entrance ways used by gladiators, slaves and animals to enter the arena.

Roman Forum
The Roman Forum was the political, commercial and religious centre for the Roman Empire. Now just an impressive ruin, it is possible to make sense of what it was like in its heyday by viewing the best-preserved sections, including the beautiful Arch of Septimus Severus, which was built to celebrate the Roman victory over the Parthinians.

Spanish Steps
The stunning, curving Spanish Steps lead from the Piazza di Spagna up to the Piazza Trinità dei Monti and the Trinità dei Monti Church. Known in Italian as 'Scalinata della Trinità dei Monti', the 138 Spanish Steps are the widest staircase in Europe. The original design for the steps was chosen as the winning entry in a competition held after years of debate about how best to urbanise the steep slope leading up to the Trinità dei Monti. There is debate about which architect was actually responsible for the winning design, although it is accepted to have been either Francesco de Sanctis or Alessandro Specchi, and is often attributed to both of them.

Trevi Fountain
Rome's most famous - and, arguably, most beautiful - fountain was built for Pope Clement XII and almost fills the small Piazza di Trevi. The statues adorning the fountain represent Abundance, Aquippa, Saubrity, the Virgin and Neptune guided by two Tritons. By tossing a coin - over your shoulder with your back to the fountain - you are said to be guaranteed a return visit to Rome.

Pantheon
Regarded as one of the world's most inspiring architectural designs, the Pantheon has a perfectly proportioned floating dome that sits on tall marble columns and is one of the best-preserved classical buildings in Rome. Built as a temple to the Gods in 120AD, the clever design includes a single light source flowing through the central oculus that was used to measure time with the aid of an internal sundial. The instruments used also showed the dates of equinoxes and solstices.

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