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Travelling by rail is a comfortable and great-value way to explore Italy, enabling you to easily tick off more than one destination in the same trip. High-speed trains can whisk you between cities like Rome, Florence and Venice, while regional trains chug through countryside to smaller towns like Siena and Viareggio. 

You can travel to and from Italy by rail too – hop on board the Eurostar to Paris, then continue down through the French countryside on a daytime or sleeper service. For a real treat, you could travel on board the elegant Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. 

Our Italy Experts can arrange the itinerary and book your train tickets - most of them have travelled through Italy by rail themselves, so they can give you first-hand advice and tips on using the rail system.


Italy rail itineraries

When it comes to travelling by rail in Italy, we can tailor a bespoke itinerary to fit your requirements, whether that’s a few days in Rome followed by a week relaxing in Sorrento, or a romantic city break in Venice topped off with a trip on the Venice Simplon-Orient-Express. Here’s a few of our favourite itineraries to get you started… 

Italy’s ‘big three’ cities are connected by efficient high-speed services, making it easy to combine all of them in one culture-packed trip.  

  • 10-day suggested rail itinerary
  • Explore Venice's lagoon islands
  • Tour the museums of Rome and Florence

After exploring the Eternal City, you’ll spend some time in Sorrento (gateway to the Amalfi Coast) before finishing up in Sicily. 

  • 13-day suggested rail itinerary
  • City sightseeing in Rome
  • Relax on the coast in Sorrento and Sicily

Start off exploring Venice’s canals and palazzi, then head west to fair Verona. Once you've toured the amphitheatre and gazed up at Juliet's balcony, it's just a short train ride to Lake Garda's southern shore.

  • 9-day suggested rail itinerary
  • Take in the sights of Venice and Verona
  • Tour Lake Garda's waterside towns 

Undoubtedly one of the most romantic rail journeys there is, step back in time and enjoy a journey with a difference aboard this iconic vintage train.

  • Enjoy champagne in Bar Car 3674
  • Elegant cuisine and three individually styled restaurant cars
  • Combine your rail journey and explore the sights of Venice


On The Blog

One, two and three-week itinerary ideas for exploring Italy by rail. 

An interview with one of our experts about his rail trip to Paris, Bologna and Verona. 

What you need to know about travelling on Italy's high-speed trains.  

Content Manager Laura travels between Venice, Rome and the Amalfi Coast by train.