London to Rome by Rail

You’ll see some of the grandest cities in Italy on this railway adventure: Milan, Bologna, Florence and Rome. Travel by train from the UK down to Italy, following a route via Paris and the dramatic Swiss-Italian Alps, before continuing on the tracks down to the Italian capital Rome.

At a glance

  • 10-day suggested rail itinerary
  • Eat the gastronomic delights from Bologna
  • Root out Renaissance art in Florence
  • Round off the trip in Rome
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Suggested Trip Itinerary

Day 1 : Paris


A Eurostar train will zip you from London to Paris Gare du Nord. Spend the day wanderlusting through the Fashion Capital of the World, gaining spectacular panoramic views from the Eiffel Tower, or visit the Musée d'Orsay located in a converted railway station.

Day 2 : Milan

Milan, Northern Lombardy Region. Summer City Panorama Looking North West.

On your journey from France to Italy, marvel at the spectacular scenery of the Alps mountain range, before arriving into Milan. This city rivals Paris in terms of fashion, so be sure to stop by Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II for some high-end shopping. Duomo di Milano provides the perfect centrepiece to the city, where you can walk on its roof to view spectacular marble statues and gargoyles; over 3,400 of them in fact.

Days 3-4 : Bologna

Aerial cityscape view from the tower on Bologna old town center with Maggiore square in Italy

Arrive into Bologna in just over an hour by high speed rail, and spend a couple of days discovering what the capital of Emilia Romagna has to offer. Nicknamed La Grassa, or "the fat one", Bologna is the gastronomic heart of Italy, where eating a good meal is part of the culture. Try the local favourites, such as delicious tortellini, or ragù alla Bolognese.

Days 5-6 : Florence

Santa Maria Novella in pink flowers in a summer day. Florence, Italy

Florence is only around 40 minutes away from Bologna via high speed rail, yet offers completely new and unique experiences that make it well worth spending a couple of days at least to explore. Florence is the city of the Italian Renaissance, and the capital of the Tuscany region. Featuring many masterpieces of Renaissance art and architecture, including Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture, Florence is a city well worth adding to your itinerary.

Where you could stay
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Hotel Porta Faenza
  • Situated only 700 metres from the train station in the centre of ancient Florence
  • Great value for money
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Grand Hotel Baglioni
  • A historic hotel with elegant details
  • Located in the historic heart of Florence
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Brunelleschi Hotel
  • Centrally located in the heart of Florence and moments away from Piazza Duomo
  • A five minute walk to historic sites, museums and shopping areas
Days 7-9 : Rome

Rome, Italy at the Colosseum Amphitheater with the sunrise through the entranceway.

For the final stop on your rail itinerary through some of the greatest cities Italy has to offer, arrive into the capital of Italy itself, the Eternal City, Rome. With over 2,500 years of history and legacy to discover, you will never find yourself short of attractions to visit, food to eat, art to see, or heritage to learn about in this majestic city.

From the grand Colosseum, to the spectacular Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, or any number of museums, monuments, galleries, or ancient churches, Rome is a truly inspiring place to visit. Uncover the country within a city, the Vatican City, and enter the awe-inspiring Sistine Chapel, or Saint Peter's Basilica.

Citalia recommends at least 3 days to unearth Rome. On your tenth and final day, we can arrange private transfers to take you to the airport in comfort, to catch your flight home.

Where you could stay
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Hotel Nazionale
  • Found in the historical centre of the eternal city of Rome
  • Within minutes’ walk from the Spanish Steps
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Hotel Piccadilly
  • Quieter located and comfortable guest rooms
  • Easy access to public transport for exploring Rome
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Starhotels Metropole
  • Located in the heart of Rome, just minutes from Roma Termini station
  • A 20 minute walk from major historic sites, including the Colosseum

10 days from £1,989 per person

Price shown includes Eurostar from London to Paris, a one way flight to London, accommodation in each destination for the duration specified and transfers, trains and/or car hire as required. The price shown represents a from price per person based on two people sharing in low season travel unless otherwise stated. Price is subject to availability, Eurostar and flight seats change continually, affecting the final price. The lead-in price shown is for guidance only. To obtain a tailored quote specific for your requirements, please contact one of our Italy Experts.

Practical Information

Visa Information

At the current time, British citizens do not require a visa to visit Italy.


Whilst tipping isn’t embedded into Italian culture it is always appreciated as an acknowledgement of good service. Nowadays people generally round up a bill in a bar or cafe and leave 5-10% extra on a restaurant bill. Taxi bills are usually also rounded up.
On guided tours/excursions, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide.
On small group escorted tours, it is customary to leave a token of appreciation for the driver and guide at the end of the tour.


The price is based on 2 adults sharing, travelling in April 2025. Our Italy Experts can personalise all of our Twin and Multi-Centre holidays for a date and destination that suits you. For a bespoke quote, give one of our Personal Travel Planners a call on 01293 765055.

Quote reference number: 53357682

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