Italian Cities By Rail
Venice - Florence - Rome
Whether visiting Italy for the first time or retracing your steps, this rail itinerary is a rewarding and relaxing way to enjoy some of Italy's most renowned highlights in the cities of Venice, Florence and Rome.
- Fly or travel by rail to Italy
- Explore the sights of Venice from canals to glass-making artisans
- Wander through the streets and squares of Renaissance Florence
- Enjoy the art, architecture and history of Rome
Trip across Italy via train visiting the famous cities of Venice, Florence and Rome
Commence your journey at London St Pancras, taking the afternoon Eurostar to Paris Gare du Nord. Transfer to Gare de Lyon and take the overnight train to Venice, arriving the following morning.
On arrival into Venice Santa Lucia train station, we can arrange for a private water taxi to your hotel, alternatively, you can hop on a vaporetto (water bus).
The rest of your day is at leisure to familiarise yourselves with Venice, where we suggest a 4 night stay. You might enjoy taking a trip on vaporetto 1 which takes passengers down the Grand Canal. Explore the main highlights of Venice including the Rialto Bridge and Bridge of Signs plus St Mark’s Square with the Doge’s Palace and the bell tower which rewards visitors with wonderful views of the city.
We recommend having lunch away from the main sights in order to experience a more authentic and good value meal. Cast your map aside and wander for 10 minutes' down one of the many alleyways and you will soon come across simple trattorias offering delicious regional fare.
Depending on your interests, you might enjoy a visit to the Peggy Guggenheim Museum or one of the many other museums or galleries. Art fans should also remember that unlike many other Italian cities, much of Venice’s art is still in its churches so visiting some of these such as Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari with Titian’s Assumption and sculptures by Bellini and Donatello, is a delight.
If you are visiting in the summer time, consider taking a vaporetto ride over to the Lido and hiring a bicycle or visiting the beach. Alternatively, visit the island of Murano and learn about the island’s thousand year old tradition of glass-blowing. Of course, simply wandering along the many canals and alleyways of the city can be the most rewarding way to see Venice, with or without a map.
Today you will take the train to Florence, a pleasant two hour journey passing through the cities of Padova and Bologna. On arrival into Florence, we suggest taking a taxi to your hotel where you will stay for 4 nights.
Florence is a surprisingly compact city with all of its main sights within easy walking of the centre. The city’s architecture is a joy to behold from the beautiful Romanesque and Renaissance buildings in the Piazza della Signoria, to the city’s huge gothic cathedral and the impressive but tourist-packed Ponte Vecchio. In the heat of the summer, the Boboli Gardens of the Palazzo Pitti offer respite from the crowds as well as wonderful views over the city. We will be happy to book tickets to the Uffizi and Accademia galleries in advance for you as there are long queues for tickets on the day. The Uffizi includes artworks by some of Italy’s most celebrated artists from Giotto to Caravaggio while the Accademia is home to Michelangelo’s sculpture of David along with many other important sculptures and paintings. There are many smaller galleries and churches housing impressive artworks such as the church of Santa Maria del Carmine which contains notable 15th century frescoes by Masaccio.
Today you will take the train to Rome for your final stop, an hour and a half south of Florence. Here we recommend a 4 night stay.
As with Venice and Florence, Rome is a wonderful city to wander around with beautiful piazzas in which to linger with a coffee and watch the world go by. First time visitors might enjoy taking a guided tour of Rome in order to get to grips with a city whose history dates back more than 2,500 years. Highlights include the ancient sites of the city such as the Forum and the Colosseum, as well as the Vatican City, Piazza Navona, the Trevi Fountain and Spanish Steps.
As well as the impressive art works by Raphael and Michelangelo at the Vatican, art lovers will also enjoy visiting the Borghese Gallery which features important works by Bernini and Caravaggio among others. Nearby is the National Gallery of Modern Art housing a large collection of 19th and 20th century artworks.
Rome’s piazzas are a delight to explore from Piazza Navona with its impressive Bernini Baroque Fountain of the Four Rivers to the lively and chaotic Campo dei Fiori which has a packed daily market.
Travel to Rome airport for your departurte flight.
From £1,495 per person
Price is based on travel in mid season and on 2 people sharing. Includes train travel as listed, accommodation and return flight.
All of our itineraries are tailor-made to your specific requirements and therefore prices do vary. The above is an indication only. Prices will vary depending on the season of travel and the standard of accomodation used. Please contact us for a quotation and to discuss your holiday requirements in more detail.