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  • Travel by train to Florence, Venice and Rome

    Rail holiday travelling to Venice, Florence and Rome by train

    The three great cities of Venice, Florence and Rome are easily and effortlessly visited by train.
    Allowing Expressions Holidays to organise your rail holiday really does remove the strains and stresses of travelling. In fact, nothing could be more straightforward or enjoyable than visiting these Italian cities by train.

    We suggest that you start your rail holiday by travelling to the floating city of Venice on an overnight sleeper service from Paris, or you can choose to take day trains and break your journey in the French capital. You can then continue onwards to Florence, widely acknowledged as one of the world’s greatest artistic capitals and birthplace of the Renaissance, and then further south to Rome. Spend three nights in each of these fascinating cities, before returning via Milan where you board the sleeper train back to Paris. For a more scenic route, instead travel home via Switzerland, staying one night in Lausanne. A third option is to fly one way or both ways, and to travel between the cities by train.
    Use this suggested itinerary as a starting point then we can modify it according to your requirements.
    Click here to download a pdf with full details of some of our rail holidays to Italy.

    Client testimonial:
    "My wife and I enjoyed every minute of our holiday, the hotels were wonderful and the people could not have been more helpful and you could not have been quicker with all your responses to our queries. Thank you again and we are recommending you to everyone we know." - Mr G, September 2016.


    DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
    OUTBOUND OPTION 1: DIRECT SLEEPER
    Day one: Travel to Paris for the sleeper train to Venice

    Your rail holiday begins on the early afternoon Eurostar to Paris, where you arrive at about 6pm before continuing on the Thello sleeper train to Venice.
    Day two: Venice
    Arrive in Venice at about 9.30am, where a private boat will take you to the Hotel Bisanzio where you spend three nights.
    OUTBOUND OPTION 2: DAYTIME TRAINS
    Day one: Travel to Paris and stay one night

    Start your rail holiday leaving London around 9am on the Eurostar to Paris where you arrive around midday. You have the afternoon and evening at leisure to explore this beautiful city. Highlights include Notre Dame Cathedral, the River Seine, the Musee d’Orsay and the Louvre as well as the iconic Eiffel Tower. Stay overnight at the Hotel Royal on the Champs-Elysees.
    Day two: Paris to Venice
    Depart Paris late morning on the TGV train which takes you to Turin. A simple change here, and you arrive into Venice Santa Lucia a little after 9.30pm from where a private taxi will take you to the Hotel Bisanzio, your base for the next three nights.

    Days three and four: Venice
    Enjoy a few days at leisure in the Venetian capital. More than a city, Venice “La Serenissima” is an enchantress. Take the time to discover her winding streets, lavish ballrooms and lively wine bars, and perhaps catch one of local water taxis to explore the islands of the lagoon. Burano, island of lace-making and fishermen, is impressively picturesque whilst on Murano master craftsmen offer demonstrations of glass-making before you enter their shops. A visit to both these islands is thoroughly recommended to provide an alternative view of Venice.
    Day five: Venice to Florence
    A private boat will return you to Venice Santa Lucia station mid-morning, where you catch a train heading south to Tuscany. This is a relatively quick journey which takes you first back to the mainland and then takes you through the historic cities of Padova and Bologna. On arrival in Florence at midday, a private car will be waiting to drive you to Hotel Bernini Palace where you will stay for three nights.
    Days six and seven: Florence
    You have two full days to explore Florence, the ancient capital of the Medicis. Florence is the centre of the Renaissance movement and as such is on the list of the ‘must see’ places of all art lovers. The Uffizi Gallery houses a phenomenal collection of painting from this era, as does the Accademia, home to Michelangelo’s statue of David. However, it is the atmosphere of the city which is overwhelmingly Renaissance as everywhere you turn there is yet another reminder of the period either artistic or architectural and this creates a superb museum like ambience to the historic centre. All the sites are easily reached on foot from the Ponte Vecchio to the Church of Santa Maria Novella, to the Accademia, to the Duomo and it is by visiting on foot that you can soak up the amazing atmosphere of the city.
    Day eight: Florence to Rome
    A private car will take you back to Florence station to catch a mid-morning train to Rome. You arrive in Rome at midday, and you are met and driven to the Hotel Mascagni where you will stay for three nights.
    Days Nine and Ten: Rome
    Rome is the capital city of Italy and as the capital city of the Roman Empire was widely regarded as the birth place of western civilization. The city has a unique atmosphere of any in Italy, due to its huge wealth of sites to see, dating back not just from the Roman era, but from mediaeval and Renaissance periods as well and you could spend a lifetime visiting all the historical and architectural sites the city has to offer. Most visitors come to Rome to see the foundations of the Roman Empire in the form of the Colosseum, The Forum and the Circus Maximus, to name but a few. However, visitors nearly always allow time for a visit to the Vatican Museum and the Basilica of St Peter, even if they choose not to visit any other non-Roman historical sites! The variety of places to visit in Rome can be over whelming and it is best to plan in advance what you wish to see within the time you have and stick to it, rather than planning whilst you are there. The historic centre is perfectly manageable on foot as it is in fact quite compact. However, there is a comprehensive metro system that runs round the historic centre, rather than through it (for obvious reasons), with its intersection at the main Rome Termini station. The two lines of the metro are easy to navigate and can be a swift and inexpensive way of reaching monuments or museums which are further away from each other.

    RETURN OPTION 1: DIRECT SLEEPER
    Day eleven: Travel to Milan to meet the sleeper train

    You have the majority of your last day at leisure in Rome and we can request a late check-out from the hotel. A car will collect you and take you to the train station for a train at 6pm travelling northwards by rail to Milan. On arrival you have time for dinner near the station before boarding the sleeper train around 11pm.  
    Day twelve: Continue your journey home
    Arrive into Paris Lyon a little before 10.30am, and after a change of stations you board the Eurostar to take you back to London where you arrive at lunchtime.
    RETURN OPTION 2: RETURN VIA LAUSANNE
    Day eleven: Rome to Lausanne

    Leave Rome at about 9am to travel via Milan to Lausanne in Switzerland, arriving mid-afternoon. Lausanne Cathedral is believed to be one of Europe’s most beautiful Gothic monuments, crowned by spires of unusual purple and orange hues. A brand new Olympic Museum has recently opened in the heart of Lausanne’s Old Town; three levels depict Olympic history in all its colourful grandeur. The placement of this new museum comes as a result of the Olympic Committee Headquarters being in Lausanne. The Olympic Park is adjoined to the museum, and is dotted with artworks, sports sculptures, and well-maintained flowers and trees. Beside the Olympic Park is the promenade at Ouchy Harbour, which, when lit up in the evening, will be one of the highlights of your trip. The promenade takes you from the gardens along to the Haldimand Tower, the Bellevrie Swimming Pool, the Chateau d’Ouchy, and the port. Spend the afternoon and evening exploring the lakeside city before checking in to Hotel Angleterre et Residence for one night.
    Day twelve: Lausanne to London
    End your rail holiday by travelling on a midday train from Lausanne to Paris, before boarding the Eurostar to London where you arrive just before 8pm.

    PRICES
    From £2,970 per person for first class rail travel
    From £2,780 per person for second class rail travel
    If you fly out and back, the holiday prices are reduced.
    Prices based on two sharing a double or twin room.
    What’s included?
    First or second class travel on all trains (as above) including Eurostar
    Double sleeper compartment on Thello sleeper trains
    At the hotels:
    3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Hotel Bisanzio in Venice
    3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Hotel Bernini Palace in Florence
    3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Hotel Mascagni in Rome
    Hotel Supplement £700 per person for upgrades to the following hotels: Ca'Sagredo in Venice, Hotel Helvetia and Bristol in Florence and the Hotel Inghilterra in Rome.
    Transfers:
    Private return water taxi transfers from Venice Santa Lucia station to the hotel.
    Private return car transfers from Florence Santa Maria Novella station to the hotel.
    Private return car transfers from Rome Termini station to the hotel.
    What’s not included?
    Meals other than breakfast at the hotels
    Early check in or late check outs at hotels – though we can arrange this on request.
    Supplements for alternative route options
    Any services not mentioned above
    Dates
    This rail holiday can be arranged throughout the year. Timings can vary depending on the month and day of the week. If you fly out and back, the price of the holiday will be reduced.

    For more information regarding rail services to and within Italy, view our train guide.

    Venice Florence and Rome by rail

    Hotels featured in this touring itinerary

    Below is some information regarding each of the hotels featured in this touring itinerary. Alternative hotels are available in some destinations - please contact us for full details.

    Hotel Bisanzio – Venice – 3 star
    The Hotel Bisanzio is centrally located just 300 metres from St Mark’s Square and within easy reach of the main sights of Venice. The hotel itself is a 16th century palazzo with interiors that create a distinctive Venetian style, with antique furnishings, Murano glass lamps and parquet floors. This characterful decoration continues through the 40 rooms and suites which are all elegantly appointed with a combination of traditional features and modern amenities. The hotel combines comfort and excellent service in an ideal location for exploring Venice.
    See more details on Hotel Bisanzio.

    Hotel Bernini Palace – Florence – 5 star

    The Hotel Bernini Palace is a high quality, elegant hotel, perfectly located in central Florence close to the main sights. Built in a classic Florentine style, the hotel, once a 15th-century palazzo, now contains 74 rooms, all of which are individually decorated in a luxurious yet refined manner. Breakfast can be enjoyed in the striking Sala Corsini, the highlight of which is the frescoed ceiling. Guests may also choose to enjoy a cocktail or pre-dinner drink at the hotel’s bar before venturing into the city and exploring the many nearby cafes and restaurants.
    See more details on the Hotel Bernini Palace.
     
    Hotel Mascagni – Rome – 4 star
    A colourful and unique hotel, the Hotel Mascagni is an elegant haven in a central location in Rome, near the Trevi fountain, Via Veneto and Spanish Steps. With just 40 rooms this boutique hotel has an intimate and personal ambience. The rooms combine comfortable furnishings with often bold, statement wallpapers which give the hotel a unique appeal. A small bar and restaurant, where breakfast is served, are also available at the hotel and share the same combination of traditional yet cosmopolitan furnishings. The Hotel Mascagni is a comfortable and cosy base for exploring the city.
    See more details on Hotel Mascagni.
     
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  • Italy

    Find out more about Italy

    Italy FAST FACTS

    Capital
    Rome
    Airport
    There is a very good scattering of international airports in Italy, with the main ones being Venice, Pisa, Milan, Rome, Bologna, Naples, Genoa, Turin and Bari; on Sicily, Catania is served by several airlines from the UK and on Sardinia you fly to Cagliari or Olbia.
    Currency
    Euro (£1 = Euro 1.30)
    Size
    Italy is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide
    Population
    60 million
    Average temperature
    Italy's temperature varies dramatically, from about 4 degrees in Turin in winter to 33 degrees in Sicily in summer, with snow year-round on the summits of the Pyrenees and Alps
    National holidays in Italy
    Some tourist attractions as well as banks etc may close on the following days:
    1 January
    6 January (Epiphany)
    Easter Monday
    25 April (Liberation Day)
    1 May (Labour Day)
    15 August (Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    1 November (All Saints)
    8 December (Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)
    Christmas Day
    Boxing Day
    There are a number of local feast days that can affect conditions locally. In addition to the above days, museums are often closed on Mondays in Italy.

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