If the prospect of air travel is putting you off a well deserved break, award-winning Italian travel specialist Citalia wants to tempt you with flight-free rail trips from the UK to Italy.
A more relaxed and scenic way to enjoy the Italian landscape is difficult to imagine. Italy enjoys excellent rail links with the country’s modern high-speed rail network connecting the major cities, while smaller towns can be reached by local trains offering relaxed, picturesque journeys.
Travellers can reach Italy by train from the UK by taking the Eurostar to Paris, then on to Milan or Turin.
Is your interest piqued? Here’s three top flight-free UK to Italy rail journeys…
Enjoy the glamour of the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express
Arguably the most romantic way to travel from London to Venice, this luxury sojourn takes travellers through rural France and Swiss Alpine valleys, enjoying world-class cuisine en route. Cabins are adorned with art deco detail and French-polished cherry wood.
A seven-night holiday from London to Venice on the Simplon-Orient-Express with Citalia can be had from £4,999 per person. This includes return rail travel from London to Venice on the iconic train, on a full-board basis, plus five nights’ B&B accommodation at the five-star Hotel Savoia Jolanda.
Lounging by Lake Garda
A slow and scenic journey from London to Lake Garda, you say? Count us in! This rail journey glides through the Italian Alps, stopping off at Paris and Milan, before arriving at the riverside city of Verona, before carrying on to Lake Garda. You’re then rewarded with seven days to explore the biggest lake in Italy, and get your fill of waterside castles, mountain views and instagrammable viewpoints.
An eight-night vacay from London to Lake Garda is available from £1,959 per person. This includes return rail travel from London to Paris, Milan, Verona, and Lake Garda, with one-night accommodation at the four-star Best Western Hotel City in Milan, plus seven nights’ B&B accommodation at the five-star Hotel Aqaulux Spa & Suite, Lake Garda.
Discover the joys of medieval Viareggio
Want to discover somewhere different? Sitting on the sandy coast of the Vesillia, is the town of Viareggio. Originally a medieval fishing village, it’s now populated by cafés, curio shops, boutiques and seafood restaurants.
Viareggio is also a handy jumping off point for those wishing to pair a lazy Italian beach holiday with cultural excursions to nearby Florence, Pisa, Lucca and Cinque Terre, each less than two hours away by rail.
An eight-night break from London to Viareggio can be had from £1,549 per person. The Citalia package includes return rail travel from London to Paris, Milan, and Viareggio, with one-night B&B accommodation at the four-star Best Western Hotel City in Milan, and seven nights’ half-board accommodation at the four-star Grand Hotel Royal.
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