Travelling by train to Italy and rail holidays within Italy are increasingly popular experiences, allowing you to sit back, relax and enjoy the scenic countryside of Europe change in front of your eyes - as you cross northern France, head through the Alps and then into the plains of northern Italy, the joy of travelling by rail is unbeatable. Expressions Holidays can tailor-make your train journey to Italy, choosing trains at suitable times and including stays in luxury hotels along your route.
How you travel to Italy by train Travelling by rail from the UK to Italy starts on the Eurostar from London St. Pancras to Paris. You may wish to stay for a night or two in the French capital in one of our centrally located charming hotels, or you may prefer to board the train to Italy straight away. There are either daytime rail services from Paris to Milan and Turin, or overnight sleeper trains from Paris to Milan, Venice, Florence, Pisa, Bologna, Parma, Verona, Vicenza, Padua, Brescia and Rome. On an overnight train journey from Paris to Italy you may travel in a two berth sleeper, three berth sleeper, or 4 and 6 berth couchettes. Sleeper cars offer a washbasin with power socket, toiletries bag, air-conditioning, room bell, deadbolt lock, wake up call if required, welcome drink and snack in cabin and newspapers. The couchettes offer air-conditioning as well as a welcome drink and snack in cabin. Another option is to travel to Paris and then on to Switzerland and stop in Zurich, Basel or Lausanne for a night. You then continue your journey to Italy the next day, giving you breathtaking scenery as you cross the Alps.For a really special experience, we can arrange a journey on the elegant and sophisticated Venice Simplon-Orient-Express, either one way or both ways.Once you arrive in Italy you may choose to explore without the use of a car, or you may collect a hire-car to use of for the duration of your holiday. For example you may choose to travel by train to Florence, collect a hire-car and then spend a week travelling around the region before returning your car to take the overnight train back to Paris.Suggested holidays We have put together some suggested rail holidays that incorporate travelling to Italy by train and then staying in one or two locations. These suggested holidays include journeys to Florence, Venice & Rome, the Amalfi Coast, Sicily, Tuscany, Piemonte and the Italian Lakes (Lake Como, Lake Garda and Lake Maggiore). As well as these suggestions, we can also tailor-make rail holidays by combining a train journey with a stay at any of our hotels in Italy. We will simply price the holiday as we would normally, replacing the cost of flight with the cost of train travel. You may either choose to travel one way by train and one way by air, or to travel by train both ways.We can also arrange rail journeys within Italy, travelling between destinations on a multi-centre holiday. For more information regarding rail services to and within Italy, view
guide.Train schedulesThe timings for train travel from the United Kingdom to Italy work very well. Here is a selection of some of the train journey times to give you an idea:
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CapitalRome AirportThere 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.CurrencyEuro (£1 = Euro 1.24) SizeItaly is roughly 650 miles long, but only about 100 miles wide Population60 million Average temperatureItaly'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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