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  • Travel by train to Florence and Tuscany

    Rail holiday travelling to Florence and Tuscany by train

    This rail holiday travels to the enchanting region of Tuscany and its majestic capital, allowing you to explore the countryside of Chianti by hire-car and discover the art, history and romance of Florence.
    We recommend that you travel by Eurostar to Paris, continue to Zurich by train where you spend the night before travelling through the Gotthard Pass to Florence, one of the world’s greatest artistic capitals. After spending three nights in Florence, pick up a hire car and drive to the Chianti Region where you stay for five nights. Then for the return journey, you can take a sleeper train from Florence to Paris which allows you to take a daytime Eurostar back to London. Alternatively, it is possible to travel out to by rail to Florence via Lausanne, instead of Zurich. Stay one night on the shores of Lake Geneva before continuing your rail journey across the Alps through the Simplon Pass, and dropping down past Lake Maggiore on your way to Florence.
    Click here to download a pdf with full details of some of our rail holidays to Italy.

    DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
    OUTBOUND OPTION 1: VIA ZURICH
    Day one

    Start your rail holiday by travelling on a morning Eurostar from London to Paris. After arriving at around 1pm, you can then take the high-speed TGV Lyria train to Zurich. Arrive at about 6.30pm and check in to the Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera for one night.
    Day two
    Leave Zurich by train at around 11.30am and travel by Eurocity train through the Alps along the Gotthard pass. After passing through the Gotthard tunnel, you descend towards Italy and onwards to Milan Central station. Change train in Milan and continue to Florence by high-speed train arriving just before 6pm, where you stay at the Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy for three nights.
    OUTBOUND OPTION 2: VIA LAUSANNE
    Day one

    Start your rail holiday leaving London St Pancras around midday on the Eurostar, arriving into Paris at 1.30pm. You may have time for lunch in the famous Train Bleu restaurant before continuing your journey on the high speed TGV Lyria service to Lausanne. Arrive here early evening and check in to the Hotel Angleterre et Residence for one night.
    Day two
    You have the morning at leisure to admire the views of Lake Geneva before boarding a train to Milan at 2pm. A simple change here and you arrive in Florence just before 8pm, where you stay the Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy for three nights.

    Days three & four
    You have two full days to explore Florence, the ancient capital of the Medicis which is home to a selection of Renaissance treasures. A visit to see Michaelangel’s David in the Accademia Gallery is high on the list of things to do in Florence, along with the majestic architecture of the Duomo and the beautiful work of the silversmiths that line the Ponte Vecchio. If you would like, we are able to arrange guided visits to many of the main attractions as well as tours of the city to suit your interests.
    Day five
    Collect your hire-car and head south into the Chianti countryside towards the Hotel Borgo San Felice which will be your base for the next 5 nights.
    Days six to nine
    Use your hire-car to explore the Tuscany region at your leisure. It is a landscape of vineyards and olive groves set against a backdrop of dark forests and bright flowers. Your hotel is centrally located about 30 minutes drive from Siena, and the city is easily reachable for a day trip. The Chianti Classico is this area’s speciality, and visits to the local wineries are not to be missed.
    Day ten
    Leave the Hotel Borgo San Felice and return the hire-car to Florence. Leave Florence at about 9pm and change onto the overnight train from Milan to Paris.
    Day eleven
    After arriving into Paris around 10am, end your rail holiday by travelling on the Eurostar back to London where you arrive at around 1.30pm.

    PRICES
    From £2,880
    per person for first class rail travel.
    From £2,690 per person for second class rail travel.
    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 train
    At the hotels:
    1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera in Zurich
    3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy in Florence
    5 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Hotel Borgo San Felice in Tuscany
    Category B car-hire for six days.
    Private car transfers from Florence Santa Maria Novella station to the hotel.
    What’s not included?
    Meals other than breakfast at the hotels
    Transfers in Zurich and Paris.
    Early check in or late check outs at hotels – though we can arrange this on request.
    Supplements for alternative routes
    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.

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

    Florence and Tuscany by train

    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 Ambassador a l’Opera – Zurich – 4 star
    The Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera is a historic boutique hotel located opposite Zurich's Opera House, set just back from the lakeside. This is a highly luxurious and unique option for a one or two night stay in central Zurich. The hotel has just 45 rooms and is renowned for their gourmet restaurant which is just as popular with locals as hotel guests.
    See more details on the Hotel Ambassador a l'Opera.

    Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy – Florence – 5 star
    This luxury hotel is perfectly located next to the Duomo in the heart of Florentine life. It is just a short walk from here to the main sights of the Ponte Vecchio, Boboli gardens and Pitti Palace as well as the designer boutiques of Via Roma. The Hotel Savoy has 88 rooms and 14 suites, many of which have views over the Piazza or the Duomo. Dinner can be enjoyed in Irene, the hotel's authentic bistro, or guests can discover the flavours of Florence in one of the cities many restaurants.
    See more detail on Rocco Forte Hotel Savoy

    Hotel Borgo San Felice – San Felice, Tuscany – 5 star
    San Felice is a hamlet of medieval cottages that was converted almost in its entirety into a hotel. It enjoys a priceless location in the stunning countryside that surrounds Siena. There are a total of 53 rooms and suites scattered throughout the historic buildings of this luxury property. For dinner, you can choose from the gourmet cuisine of multi-starred chef Francesco Bracali in the Poggio Rosso restaurant, or sample the flavours of traditional Tuscan dishes at the Terrazza San Felice. The hotel is a member of Relais and Chateaux and is one of the most attractive hotels in Tuscany.
    See more detail on Borgo San Felice.

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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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