Experience the romance of rail as you travel through Europe by train to the classical landscape of Tuscany. Discover rolling hills dotted with olive and cypress trees, hill top towns with golden stone houses and working vineyards.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 two very different, but popular hotels for visiting the heart of Tuscany.Our suggested rail holidayTravel by Eurostar from London to Paris and then on to Florence on a direct overnight sleeper train, where you collect your hire car. We would recommend staying either at the Hotel le Renaie or at the Borgo San Felice for 7 nights. Begin your rail holiday by leaving London mid-afternoon on the Eurostar, connecting with a direct overnight train from Paris Gare de Lyon to Florence Santa Maria Novella station, arriving at approximately 7am.The return sleeper train leaves Florence around 10pm and arrives into Paris next morning at 9.30am. You would then complete your rail holiday by connecting with a Eurostar from Paris to London, arriving back into St Pancras at lunchtime.We would recommend travelling at least one direction of your rail holiday by daytime service, with spectacular Alpine views in Switzerland or Austria, complemented by a comfortable hotel stay rather thank the sleeper train. Contact us for more details.HotelsHotel le Renaie – Pancole - 3 starA relaxing, comfortable hotel in a glorious location in rural Tuscany, featuring an outstanding restaurantHotel 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.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 Florence sharing a two berth sleeper.• Car hire for the duration of your stay in Tuscany.• 7 nights’ dinner, bed and breakfast at the Hotel Le Renaie in a Classic Room or• 7 nights’ bed and breakfast at the Hotel Borgo San Felice in a Deluxe Room. For more information regarding rail services to and within Italy, view
guide. PricesFrom £1415 per person staying at Hotel Le Renaie, based on two people sharing.From £1975 per person staying at Hotel Borgo San Felice, based on two people sharing.
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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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