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Rail Holidays in Italy

The rail holidays through Italy from Arena Rail Holidays offer the opportunity to experience the many individual aspects of Italy’s widespread appeal. The country is lauded for its beautiful scenery, Renaissance architecture and admirably sophisticated culture.

With a population of over 60 million, Italy is one of Europe’s biggest, most influential countries. It is a financially healthy nation with a flowing economy, producing thousands of exports. It is also very accommodating to tourists — Italy is fully aware of the appeal of its culture.

Italy by rail

The boot-shaped nation that rests at the bottom of Europe can often be neglected when travelling – the shape of the country may tempt voyagers to transport via boat rather than over land, but the sun-roasted Italian countryside must not be missed. Our rail trips ensure that you see the best of it, and at a leisurely pace.

Fantastic cities

Italy’s diverse cities provide something for everyone. If you look carefully, you’re sure to find the perfect city to suit your desires. Perhaps it will be the art galleries of Florence that you love most of all. Or the Colosseum of Rome. Or perhaps it will be the languid beauty of Venice’s canals and the staggering opulence of its Piazza San Marco that will pull you back to Italy again and again.

Food and drink

If you’re a fan of rich cheeses and juicy tomatoes, Italian cuisine will melt your heart. Pizza and pasta are synonymous with Italy, but you can get just as much satisfaction from their plethora of national desserts, such as hazelnut chocolate, tiramisu and gelato (their rich, far superior ice cream) – all of which should be consumed by the bucket load when staying in glorious Italia.

Rich cultural history

Passion is exemplified by the Italians, whether in their emotional opera music, world-changing paintings, or sporting endeavours. Free-thinking Italians pioneered the Renaissance movement, both its architectural triumphs and contribution to the arts and science. Michelangelo’s St Peter's Basilica in the Vatican City is widely considered one of the finest architectural works in history, while his statue of David is still admired for its strikingly precise attention to detail. The statue now sits in the Galleria dell’Accademia in Florence.

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  1. Cinque Terre

    Tuscany, the Cinque Terre & the Riviera of Flowers

    6 Sep 2019 - 19 Sep 2020

    Enjoy the simple pleasures of Italy on this classic rail tour, which combines historic and scenic delights of Tuscany with a relaxing stay on the glorious Riviera of Flowers. Travelling by train you will visit some of the country’s most historic cities, including Florence and Pisa, as well as having time to relax in Diano Marina, on the glorious Italian Riviera.

    10 days from £1,149
    Ref: RETRF101920
  2. Villa Taranto

    The Hidden Lakes & Gardens of Italy

    16 Sep 2019 - 12 Oct 2020

    A stylish and relaxed train journey through Europe transports you to a lakeside paradise in Northern Italy, where you can spend seven nights on the shores of Lake Orta. On this spectacular rail break you will also enjoy trips to the Botanical Gardens of Villa Taranto, the Lakes of Como, Maggiore and Lugano, plus the cosmopolitan city of Milan.

    8 days from £1,099
    Ref: REILA081920
  3. Monaco

    Christmas on the Italian Riviera

    22 Dec 2019 - 27 Dec 2019

    Spend this Christmas relaxing in the milder climes of the Italian Riviera of Flowers, a region that certainly lives up to its name with glorious coastal scenery and year-round sunshine. You’ll be based in the charming resort of Diano Marina – the perfect place to rest and rejuvenate – and be treated to visits to stylish destinations, such as Monte Carlo on the neighbouring French Riviera and the historic village of Cervo. With a traditional Christmas dinner also waiting to be tucked into, this is a top pick for anyone wanting to get away this Christmas.

    6 days from £799
    Ref: REXIR0619
  4. Rome

    A New Year Celebration in Florence by rail/air

    27 Dec 2019 - 2 Jan 2020

    If you’re looking to get away to celebrate the start of a New Year, then our Tuscan rail trip should be at the top of your list! This December immerse yourself in a feast of art, culture and gastronomy as we transport you to destinations such as Florence, Lucca and the capital city of Rome. Rounded off with a fabulous five course dinner, celebrate the New Year in style on this fabulous rail tour of Italy’s Tuscan heart.

    7 days from £1,595
    Ref: REINYF0719
  5. Venice Carnival

    Milan and the Magic of the Venice Carnival Cruise

    21 Feb 2020 - 26 Feb 2020

    From Venetian masks to masquerade balls, no place in Italy does ‘Carnevale’ like Venice! This tour is a fantastic opportunity to explore the cosmopolitan city of Milan before travelling to Venice and joining in one of Italy’s biggest celebrations.

    6 days from £1,395
    Ref: RPOVEN
  6. Portofino

    Italian Riviera of Flowers

    27 Apr 2020 - 4 Oct 2020

    With the warm sea breeze of the Mediterranean and the shelter of the Maritime Alps, this beautiful stretch of Italian coast is the perfect destination for this rail holiday. Join us as we journey to Italy visiting breathtaking destinations from Dolceaqua and San Remo to Portifino and even Monaco, in the South of France.

    7 days from £795
    Ref: REROF071920
  7. Tuscany

    The Tracks & Trails of Tuscany

    13 May 2020 - 23 Sep 2020

    Rolling hills, cypress groves and undulating shades of green are the rich canvas against which we’ll discover a host of Tuscan gems.

    6 days from £1,145
    Ref: RETUTW0620
  8. Lake Molveno

    Little Trains of the Dolomites by rail/air

    30 May 2020 - 6 Sep 2020

    Explore the highs and lows of northern Italy on this exciting holiday by rail. From our base on the shores of Lake Molveno we enjoy nine spectacular days touring this stunning country visiting sights such as Lake Garda, Bolzano and Trento. What’s more, we will journey along some of the most breathtaking rail routes in the world - what are you waiting for?

    9 or 10 days from £1,349
    Ref: REDOL0919
  9. Lake Maggiore

    Lake Maggiore & The Borromean Islands

    3 Jun 2020 - 23 Sep 2020

    On this European rail holiday, enjoy spending time on the stunning shores of Lake Maggiore, in the resort of Stresa. From our base, you will explore the very best of this corner of Italy, as you visit three of the beautiful lakes, Lake Como, Lake Lugano & Lake Orta. Enjoy a ride on the Centovalli Railway plus take a scenic boat trip to the island of Isola Bella. It’s sure to be a holiday of dreams.

    8 days from £1,399
    Ref: REILMB08
  10. Zadar

    Venice & Croatian Coastal Cruise by Rail

    3 Jun 2020 - 14 Jun 2020

    Cruising Croatia’s spectacular coastline amongst archipelagos of islands and islets studded in the sparkling Adriatic is a simply magical experience

    11 nights from £1,895
    Ref: RVCROAT1220

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