The three great cities of Venice, Florence and Rome are easily and effortlessly visited by train, and 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 Venice, onward to Florence and then further south to Rome. Spend three nights in each of these fascinating cities, before returning home via Switzerland, spending one night in Lausanne to break your journey. Use this suggested itinerary as a starting point then we can modify it according to your requirements.DAY BY DAY ITINERARYDay OneLeave London early afternoon to travel on the Eurostar to Paris, where you arrive at about 6pm before continuing on a sleeper train to Venice.Day TwoArrive in Venice at about 10am, where you transfer to Hotel Ca'Sagredo where you will spend three nights.Days Three and FourEnjoy a few days at leisure in Venice with its bobbing gondolas, Byzantine and Gothic architectural gems and interesting islands.Day FiveReturn to Venice station mid-morning, where you catch a train to Florence. On arrival in Florence at midday, transfer to Hotel Helvetia and Bristol where you will stay for three nights.Days Six and SevenExplore Florence, the ancient capital of the Medicis which is home to a selection of Renaissance treasures.Day EightReturn to Florence station to catch a mid-morning train to Rome. On arrival in Rome at midday, transfer to Hotel Inghilterra where you will stay for three nights.Days Nine and TenSpend your days wandering around the Italian capital, discovering the wealth of cultural monuments and sights on offer. Day ElevenLeave Rome at about 9am to travel via Milan to Lausanne in Switzerland, arriving mid-afternoon. Spend the afternoon exploring the lakeside city before checking in to Hotel Angleterre et Residence for one night. Day TwelveEnd 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.HOTELSCa’Sagredo – 5 star – VeniceAn elegant palazzo hotel which overlooks the Grand Canal, perfect for those seeking an elegant ambience in an historic setting.Hotel Helvetia and Bristol – 5 star – FlorenceA small deluxe hotel with charm, character and personal service. Its central location makes it extremely convenient for sight-seeing. Hotel Inghilterra – 5 star – RomeA charming hotel, of enormous elegance, quality and comfort in one of the best locations in Rome.Angleterre et Residence – 4 star – LausanneA centrally located hotel on the shores of Lake Geneva, offering a contemporary style in a historic setting. Other hotels are available in Florence, Venice & Rome.PRICESFrom £2,690 per person for first class rail travelFrom £2,465 per person for second class rail travelPrices based on two sharing a double or twin room.What’s included?First or second class travel on all trains (as above) including EurostarDouble sleeper compartment on Thello sleeper trainAt the hotels:3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Ca'Sagredo in Venice3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Hotel Helvetia and Bristol in Florence3 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Hotel Inghilterra in Rome1 night’s bed and breakfast in a Standard Room at Hotel Angleterre et Residence
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 hotelsEarly check in or late check outs at hotels – though we can arrange this on request.Any services not mentioned aboveDatesThis 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
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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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