This rail holiday allows you to discover rolling hills dotted with olive and cypress trees, hill top towns with golden stone houses and working vineyards as you travel southwards through Europe to the rolling landscape of Tuscany. Tuscany is the perfect destination for a rail holiday because in addition to the obvious attractions of the scenery of Chianti and the art cities of Florence and Siena, you can also explore the less well-known regions south of Siena; the patchwork vineyards of Montalcino; the spas of Montecatini and Saturnia; and the islands of Elba and Giglio. Wherever you travel during your rail holiday to Tuscany, you will be inspired by the beauty of your surroundings and the way of life which is quintessentially Italian. We recommend that you travel by Eurostar to Paris before taking an overnight Thello sleeper to Milan and then transferring onto a train to Florence. Collect your hire car then spend 7 nights at the Borgo San Felice near Castelnuevo Berardenga. Return by the same route, or travel back to London by daytime service via the Swiss or Austrian Alps, with a comfortable hotel stay en route. DAY BY DAY ITINERARYDay oneBegin your rail holiday by leaving London mid afternoon on the Eurostar to Paris. Following a quick change in Paris, board a Thello overnight train to Milan.Day twoAfter arriving in Milan early morning, continue on to Florence where you arrive at about 9am. Collect your hire car and drive to your hotel, Hotel Borgo San Felice near Castelnuovo Berardenga, where you stay for 7 nights.Day three to eightSpend 6 days exploring the Chianti region and the fascinating art cities of Tuscany. Day nineReturn your hire car to Florence where you catch an evening train to Milan, before boarding the sleeper train to Paris at around 11pm. Day tenArrive into Paris at about 9.30am, then take the Eurostar back to London where you arrive at lunchtime.HOTELSHotel Borgo San Felice - near Castelnuovo Berardenga – 5 starA charming and appealing hotel occupying almost an entire hamlet in the Chianti region, with charming and characterful accommodation.PRICESFrom £2,080 per person for first class rail travel.From £1,980 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 EurostarDouble sleeper compartment on Thello sleeper train7 nights’ bed and breakfast in a Deluxe Room in Hotel Borgo San FeliceCategory A car hire for the duration of your stay in Tuscany.What’s not included?Meals other than breakfast at the hotelAny services not mentioned aboveDatesThis 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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