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  • Rail holiday to Tuscany and Umbria

    Villa le Barone, Tuscany

    Villa le Barone, Tuscany

    Villa di Monte Solare, Umbria

    Villa di Monte Solare, Umbria

    Tuscany and Umbria by train

    In this Italian rail holiday you travel to Florence by train and then tour Tuscany and Umbria with a hire car. We have suggested here some of our beautiful hotels that make excellent bases to explore the pretty landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria, before returning back to the UK by rail. Travelling by train is an ideal way to get to Tuscany and Umbria – more relaxing than flying and with great views along the way.
    There are many different rail routes to Italy that you can choose between. The simplest option which we use in our suggested itinerary is to take the overnight Thello sleeper from Paris to Milan and then continue on to Florence where you arrive in the morning. A stunning alternative is a daytime rail journey which takes you via Zurich or Munich, allowing you to spend one night in a hotel in one of these cities before travelling over the Gotthard or Brenner Passes through the spectacular Alps. We can help select the best rail journey for you depending on your requirements – in this example we use the sleeper train in both directions.
    Click here to download a pdf with full details of some of our rail holidays to Italy.

    DAY BY DAY ITINERARY
    OPTION 1 – DIRECT SLEEPER
    Day one

    You begin your rail holiday by travelling out on an afternoon Eurostar service from London St Pancras to Paris Gare de Nord. Following a change of station in Paris continue the rail journey by Thello sleeper train to Milan, where you change trains and then carry on to Florence where you arrive at around 9am. We recommend the two bed sleeper compartments on the Thello train as the most comfortable option. There is a washbasin in the compartments and shared toilets in each carriage.
    Day two
    Arrive in Florence, where you will be met at the train station and taken by a private car and driver to your hotel. We include an early check-in and you have the rest of the day to explore the beautiful city of Florence. You spend one night here, choosing from one of our luxury hotels in Florence – here we have suggested the Bernini Palace.
    OPTION 2 – VIA MUNICH
    Day one

    Alternatively you can begin your rail holiday by leaving London on a morning Eurostar to Brussels. You change trains here and board the Thalys service that takes you across the Belgian-German border at Aachen. You change trains again in Cologne and head south through the towns of Mannheim and Stuttgart before arriving into Munich around 8.30pm. You check in to your hotel in Munich, and spend one night here.
    Day two
    The next leg of your train journey takes you through the heart of the stunning Austrian Alps. You head south from the Bavarian capital and cross the border into Austria at Kufstein. The railway guides you through high mountain scenery before dropping down through the Brenner Pass, from where you can admire the Dolomites, and onwards through Verona to Bologna. You change trains here and arrive into Florence at 5.30pm. You stay one night at the Bernini Palace.

    Day three
    Collect your hire car from central Florence. The drive southwards to the heart of the Chianti wine producing area and the Hotel Villa le Barone is about 25 miles and takes around an hour. Spend three nights at Villa le Barone, where views over the vineyards and the village of Panzano are excellent.
    Days four and five
    You have the next two days at your leisure to explore the Chianti region. The hotel is well located to for a day trip to Siena or San Gimignano, or you can use your car to explore the smaller authentic villages close to the hotel. The Villa le Barone provides guests with a pack of possible driving, hiking and walking itineraries for the adventurous. Alternatively, if you’re a gourmet-lover why not try your hand at Tuscan cookery with a class at the hotel. Why not talk to one of our Italian specialists about ideas of how to spend your time in Chianti?
    Day six
    Depart Panzano and drive to Colle San Paolo about 100 miles and two and half hours away in northern Umbria. Umbria has many similarities to Tuscany, but has a more rustic, less polished and perhaps more authentic feel. Villa di Monte Solare is a small, privately owned country house of 25 rooms.
    Days seven and eight
    Spend two days relaxing in the hotel, or take your hire car to explore the delights of Umbria. The hotel is only 40 minutes from Perugia – a large medieval hill town and Umbria’s capital city. Combining a rich history with modern shopping and a lively atmosphere, Perugia has plenty to offer visitors. History-lovers shouldn’t miss a visit to the Eruscan Arch or the Rocca Paolina, whilst the National Art Gallery of Umbria exemplifies the artistic evolution in Umbria between the 13th and 19th centuries.
    Day nine
    Drive back to Florence, a journey of about two hours, where you return your hire car. You will have time for dinner in Florence before starting the return journey of your rail holiday by catching a train to Milan before transferring to the Thello sleeper train back to Paris at around 11pm.
    Day ten
    On arrival in Paris at about 10am, transfer to Paris Nord station and make the final leg of your train journey by Eurostar to London St Pancras.

    PRICES
    From £1,840 per person for first class rail travel.
    From £1,680 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:
    Early check-in and 1 night at Bernini Palace
    3 nights at Villa la Barone
    3 nights at Villa di Monte Solare
    Standard rooms with breakfast (other room categories can also be arranged)
    Car hire:
    Category B car hire for six days. We can arrange larger cars for you on request.
    What’s not included?
    Meals other than breakfast at the hotels
    Any services not mentioned above
    Dates
    This 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.

    Tuscany and Umbria 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.

    HOTELS
    Bernini Palace – Florence – 4 star

    The Bernini Palace is an elegant and well-situated hotel, convenient for exploring central Florence. Boasting 74 elegantly-furnished rooms, it was originally a 15th-century palazzo built in classic Florentine style. Enjoy breakfast in the beautiful Sala Corsini whilst admiring its frescoed ceiling, and treat yourself to a drink or cocktail in the hotel’s bar. Close by, there are many cafes and restaurants to choose from for your evening meal.
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    Villa le Barone – Tuscany – 4 star
    The Villa le Barone is a charming property in a central location in the Chianti Classico wine producing region. In the 16th Century, the villa was the home of the famous Della Robbia family and it is now owned by their descendents. The 28 rooms are scattered across four seperate buildings, surrounded by a shady garden with hammocks, terrace and swimming pool. The hotel's restaurant, located in the old winery, serves typical Tuscan food and famous local Chianti wines. The Villa le Barone is a charming and relaxed hotel full of regional flavour, and a perfect base from which to explore the Chianti region.
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    Villa di Monte Solare – Umbria – 4 star
    This beautiful property is a small privately owned country house set amongst its own grounds of formal gardens, wodded hills, vines and olive groves. Now run as a hotel, there are just 25 rooms offering guests an ambience of warmth, charm and outstanding quality of service. The rooms are located across the main villa and in the four surrounding villas. With beamed ceilings and terracotta floors, antique and original decorations, all of them are utterly in keeping with the regional flavour. The hotel has two breakfast rooms and a restaurant, but all meals are served in the garden in fine weather. The Villa di Monte Solare offers an enticing combination of rustic charm, a beautiful location and charming welcome.
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    OPTION: Eden Hotel Wolff – Munich – 4 star
    The Eden Hotel Wolff has been one of the leading names in Munich since its foundation in 1890. The Art Noveau building is ideally located opposite Munich Central rail station, making it the perfect stopover point from which to explore the city. The hotel has 210 rooms and suites on offer to guests in a variety of designs from classical through to elegant modern or Alpine stylings, whilst the hotel's restaurant the Peter & Wolff prides itself on the use of seasonal products from the regions suppliers in its menus.

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  • Italy

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    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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