Experience the romance of rail travel as you journey through Europe by train, spending a couple of nights in historic Rome before travelling on to Naples and your final destination, the spectacular Amalfi Coast.The Amalfi coast is best known for its dramatic coastal scenery, with rocky coves and tiny fishing villages hugging the cliffs. Luxuriant vegetation thrives in the favourable climate and the regional cuisine is light and simple, based on local fish and shellfish, lemons and oranges, mozzarella and fresh herbs. There are numerous excursion and sightseeing possibilities for your holiday including the islands of Procida, Capri and Ischia, the city of Naples, the Roman towns of Pompeii and Herculaneum, the romantic Ravello and the bustling Sorrento.For this itinerary by train we have selected the perfect combination of the Hotel Mascagni in Rome and the Hotel Poseidon in Positano. There are plenty of other delightful hotels in Rome and along the Amalfi Coast, so please ask us for alternative suggestions. Our suggested rail holidayTravel from London to Paris and then on to Rome where you spend two nights at the Hotel Mascagni, before travelling by train to the Amalfi Coast for 7 nights, staying at the Hotel Poseidon.Begin your rail holiday by leaving London in the afternoon by Eurostar in order to take the direct sleeper service to Rome, which arrives the following morning around 10am.There are then frequent trains from Rome to Naples, with a journey time of just over an hour – we recommend a late morning rail journey, followed by a transfer from Naples Centrale to your Positano hotel.For the return rail journey, leave Naples in the early evening to connect with the overnight sleeper from Rome to Paris. On arrival in Paris the following morning, board a late-morning Eurostar back to London to complete your rail holiday.HotelsHotel Mascagni – Rome – 4 starA small, cosy and welcoming hotel with a personal and intimate atmosphere, located close to the Trevi Fountain and the Spanish Steps.Hotel Poseidon – Positano – 4 starA charming and characterful hotel offering understated elegance, located in an excellent position overlooking Positano.Included in your rail holiday:• Return travel on Eurostar from London to Paris in Standard Premiere class• Return train travel on the night-time service from Paris to Rome sharing a two berth sleeper• Return train travel from Rome to Naples in first class• 2 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Classic Room at the Hotel Mascagni• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Side Sea View Room at the Hotel PoseidonPricesPrices from £2145 per person based on two people sharing.Alternative options for your rail holiday.We can organise a combination of overnight and daytime travel options using different routes, depending on your preferences.Below are some alternative rail journeys:For the outbound rail journey, a fabulous alternative is to take daytime trains from Paris to Rome via the Alps, with an overnight hotel stop in Lausanne, Zurich or Munich. This allows you to take in the spectacular scenery during your train journey rather than sleep through it on the overnight train. For the return journey, it is possible to take a daytime train back to the UK instead of the sleeper service. Alternatively, you can fly back from Naples Capodichino Airport in order to save time. For more information regarding rail services to and within Italy, view
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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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