Discover Italy by Train

Italy makes a strong case as Europe’s cutting-edge country when it comes to high-speed trains. Rail travel is now faster, more convenient and more relaxing than flying. Trains are frequent, comfortable, punctual and reliable. There’s no check-in, no airport transfers, no baggage restrictions and you arrive in the heart of your chosen city.

 With trains linking so many Italian towns and cities of any size, centre to centre, it’s difficult to think of a better way to discover Italy than by rail. Rome to Florence takes just over 90 minutes at speeds of up to 186mph. The scenery between Rome and Venice flies by in under four hours. Rome to Naples can be covered in just over an hour and Rome to Milan is under three hours. There are two high-speed train services. One is the state-owned Trenitalia, and the other is privately owned Italo. As not every city is served by high-speed trains there are intercity trains and regional trains. Although this is sometimes the only choice, it may be the more leisurely way to see Italy.

Day 1

Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord. Stay one night in your hotel of choice in Paris.

Enjoy an evening in the City of Light, home to some of the world’s finest attractions. The Champs Elysees, Arc de Triomphe and Eiffel Tower are just some of the icons of the Parisian streetscape.

Day 2

Depart Gare de Lyon 07h26 arrive Milan Centrale 14h07. Transfer to your hotel of choice in Milan for one night.

Italy’s second largest city, fashionable and sophisticated Milan boasts excellent restaurants, delightful cafés, a magnificent Gothic cathedral and the prestigious La Scala Opera House.

Day 3 

Depart Milan Central for Florence. The fastest direct Frecciarossa and Italo trains take 1 hour 40 minutes. Transfer to your hotel of choice in Florence for four nights.

Enchanting Florence is historically and architecturally fascinating. The cradle of the Renaissance and one of Italy’s best loved cities, it is a haven for art lovers. It boasts the colourful Renaissance architecture of the Duomo, and a multitude of museums and galleries including the world famous Uffizi.

Day 4 

Enjoy a half day walking tour of Florence and visit the many treasures of the Uffizi Gallery. Spend the rest of your day at leisure in this stunning city on the banks of the River Arno.

Day 5

Take a full day tour of Siena and San Gimignano complete with a light lunch accompanied by some of the finest wines for which the region is famous. No need for designated-driver status to spoil the fun, the tour comes with your own private driver-guide.

Day 6

Following a leisurely morning left to your own devices, learn more about the flavours of Tuscany with a cookery class in the afternoon.

Day 7

Transfer to Florence station for your train to Milan. Transfer to your hotel of choice in Milan be fore enjoying a half day private tour of this sophisticated second city of Italy.

Day 8

Transfer to Milan Centrale. Depart 06h25 arrive Paris Gare de Lyon 13h22. If time allows on day eight, don’t miss out on at least a drink at the beautiful Belle Epoque Train Bleu restaurant, a listed national monument, inside the Gare de Lyon on the main concourse in Hall 1. Take a taxi or the Metro to Paris Gare du Nord for the 17h00 or 19h00 departure to the UK.

Day 1

Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord. Stay one night in your hotel of choice in Paris.

Day 2

Depart Gare de Lyon 07h26 arrive Milan Centrale 14h07. Transfer to your hotel of choice in Milan for one night.

Day 3

Depart Milan Central for Venice. It can take just over two hours on the fastest direct Frecciarossa and Italo trains. Transfer to your hotel of choice in Venice for four nights. Half day wine and antipasti tour of Venice.

Day 4

See St Mark’s Basilica and Doge’s Palace with a private guided tour of Venice.

Day 5

Take a private boat tour of Murano, Burano and Torcello islands.

Day 6

Enjoy a day at leisure in Venice.

Day 7

Transfer to Venice station for your train to Milan. Transfer to your hotel of choice in Milan for one night. Half day private tour of Milan.

Day 8

Transfer to Milan Centrale. Depart 06h25 arrive Paris Gare de Lyon 13h22. Take a taxi or the Metro to Paris Gare du Nord for the 17h00 or 19h00 departure to the UK.

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Please contact our travel experts on 0800 047 1066 for prices to include rail travel to your chosen destination, or
to book internal train transfers for twin or multi-centre Italy holidays. We can plan your itinerary in advance, but please note that it is not possible to confirm Eurostar seats more than four months ahead of your travel date and more than three months ahead for high-speed European trains.

About Trainitalia

Trenitalia’s Frecciarossa (red) trains offer four classes of accommodation: standard, premium, business and executive. All Frecciarossa services have free WiFi and power sockets at all seats, are air-conditioned and most have a waiter-service bar car open to all passengers. Business class features a designated quiet car and also salottinos: two fully-enclosed four-seat rooms, ideal for families or small groups. Executive class offers eight super-comfortable leather reclining seats at one end of the train with their own dedicated steward, complimentary cold tray, alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks and use of lounges at main stations. Frecciargento (silver) trains are air-conditioned with a refreshment trolley and bar car. All seats have power sockets for laptops and mobiles and there are two classes, second or first. Frecciabianca (white) trains are air-conditioned and have a refreshment trolley; some have a bar car. First and second classes are offered.

About Italo

Italo operates two train types, AGV and EVO, both with similar classes and facilities. Italo trains feature seats in four classes: Smart, Comfort, Prima and Club Executive. All classes offer leather reclining seats, air-conditioned carriages, ample legroom, free WiFi, power sockets. Smart is still classy and offers great value for money. Comfort means more room, and Prima adds complimentary wine, and snacks served from a trolley and meals that can be ordered to your seat. Club Executive features an open saloon with 11 seats and two intimate compartments of 4 seats called salottinos, ideal for families or small groups. Each seat also has a small fold-out touch-screen television, meals can be ordered to your seat, and there are the services of a dedicated steward, complimentary drinks and the use of Club Italo Lounges at main stations.

 

High Speed Train Service
  • Verona to Desenzano, Lake Garda in 20 minutes
  • Venice to Florence in 135 minutes
  • Florence to Rome in 90 minutes
  • Rome to Naples in 70 minutes
Regional Train Service
  • Milan to Como San Giovanni, Lake Como in 40 minutes
  • Florence to Siena in 70 minutes

In addition to rail holidays from the UK to Venice and Florence via Paris and Milan, Classic offers the ultimate in luxury rail travel. For an unforgettable experience travel to Italy aboard an icon of the rails, the Venice Simplon Orient Express, a Belmond train.