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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
4.2 stars(92 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
10 days from
£1,795 pp
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Simply Lake Garda
Small Group
4.2 stars(96 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
10 days from
£1,495 pp
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Highlights of Tuscany
Small Group
4.2 stars(43 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
10 days from
£1,995 pp
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Rome, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
Small Group
3.8 stars(40 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
12 days from
£2,495 pp
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Puglia & Basilicata
Small Group
4.1 stars(37 reviews)
2022SepOct
12 days from
£2,595 pp
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A Grand Tour of Italy
Small Group
4.6 stars(23 reviews)
2022SepOct
12 days from
£2,895 pp
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Stresa & Lake Maggiore
Small Group
3.9 stars(22 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
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
4.2 stars(92 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
10 days from
£1,795 pp
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Simply Lake Garda
Small Group
4.2 stars(96 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
10 days from
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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Highlights of Tuscany
Small Group
4.2 stars(43 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
10 days from
£1,995 pp
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Rome, Sorrento & the Amalfi Coast
Small Group
3.8 stars(40 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
12 days from
£2,495 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
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12 days from
£3,890
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  • DestinationFrance, Italy
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  • TransportRail
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Varenna
Small Group
3.8 stars(35 reviews)
2022AugSepOct
10 days from
£2,095 pp
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  • DestinationItaly, Switzerland
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Puglia & Basilicata
Small Group
4.1 stars(37 reviews)
2022SepOct
12 days from
£2,595 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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A Grand Tour of Italy
Small Group
4.6 stars(23 reviews)
2022SepOct
12 days from
£2,895 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
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Lake Orta
Small Group
4.2 stars(6 reviews)
2022Sep
10 days from
£1,895 pp
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  • DestinationItaly
  • Starts / EndsSt Pancras International
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13 days from
£2,895
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  • DestinationAustria, Italy
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12 days from
£2,795
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  • DestinationItaly, Switzerland
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Our customers love our Italy tours
Simply Lake Garda
14/Aug
S Morris
5 stars
“Great trip, Tour Manager gets 10/10. Resort hotel very comfortable. Food acceptable but a little bland , service good. All excursions fabulous and ran like clockwork. We will certainly do another GRJ in the future
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Sirmione on Lake Garda
9/Aug
Jane Broomhall
5 stars
“The location was perfect and the journey everything we hoped for
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Highlights of Tuscany
28/Jul
D Cattell
5 stars
“Strong points v good hotels interesting choice of places visited - good variety excellent Tour Manager nice group of fellow travellers v good value for money smooth changeovers/transfers, apart from train to Nice hotel (but not your fault) Minor Grumbles the hotel room in Nice very small and not 4 star a lot packed in for the a 79 year old like me! poor Guide in Florence. Lectured us for 9o mins in 39 deg, C on deep history of Northern Italy! (Maybe not her fault as suggested she was a last minute substitute)
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Puglia and Basilicata
4/Jul
David
5 stars
“Great trip to Italy with a small group of very friendly fellow travellers.
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A Grand Tour of Italy
28/Jun
Maria Brown
5 stars
“Well organised with great hotels and tours included. Good mix of organised tours and free time.
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Sicily and The Aeolian Islands
31/May
Gary Ashton
5 stars
“An excellent tour organised by our guide, Lisa, with great skill and humour! Two volcanoes, island hopping, an excellent winery and many cultural delights -all in eight days. Highly recommended!
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Oberammergau and Lake Garda
15/Aug
Trevor Watson
4 stars
“concern that there are no back up arrangements when travel plans go awry.
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Lake Como and The Bernina Express
31/Jul
Kate
4 stars
“A great holiday in a beautiful place with an excellent Tour Manager. Some of the excursions included early starts and long coach journeys so we avoided those but that's fine - it's our choice. The only thing we feel let it down was the journey home - a long lunch stop over at Milan station followed by a mediocre overnight stay in Turin before a very early start and coach journey to Chambery, before picking up the train to Paris. I'm sure it could have been arranged differently - perhaps the overnight stay in Chambery instead? This would have given us a different place to visit and explore; avoided the very early start on the Sunday and reduced the journey time home.
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Stresa and Lake Maggiore
26/Jul
J Wood
4 stars
“A lovely location. Our room at the Hotel Bristol was very disappointing with insufficient storage space and an over-bath shower for which the screen was at the opposite end of the bath, causing the bathroom to flood. Choice of food at the hotel varied, depending on whether you were part of a group or a private booking. The so-called hot breakfast was always cold, not what one expects from a 4-star hotel. We would return to the area bot not the hotel.
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