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Discover Italy by Rail

  • Milan's Duomo Cathedral, Milan

    Milan Duomo Cathedral
  • Street cafe in Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Turin

    Street cafe in Piazza Vittorio Veneto in Turin
  • Venice - Bridge Rialto ©Fototeca ENIT, Gino Cianci

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Florence? Milan? Venice? Take your pick - we can arrange a tour to suit you!

Italy is home to so many fascinating sights and cities it is sometimes difficult to fit everything into one visit when travelling by coach, however there is a better way; ‘Discover Italy by Rail’.

With so many cheap flights travelling directly and regularly into all the major Italian cities from the UK, it has never been easier to discover the Italian Peninsula at your own speed and to your own requirements. In cooperation with Trenitalia, exploring Italy with ease and freedom has never been more achievable with groups of all sizes. Trenitalia has further advanced its role as a means of travel for tourists and locals alike. Mobility is key sticking point for many when travelling abroad and one of the most complex challenges facing modern society but it has been proven that travelling by rail is one the most sustainable ways to travel. By providing connections between the country’s three ports of access (airports, railway stations, ports),  the rail system in Italy is by far one of the most advanced in Europe. The trains link just about every town or city of any size, centre to centre.  Driving & parking in Italian cities is a nightmare and the high-speed trains are now faster, more convenient & more relaxing.

As well as the suggested cities, we can book an overnight sleeper train is often the best way to travel long distances, for example from Milan or Rome to Sicily, or from Venice or Milan to Naples.  It’s an experience in itself that’s effectively faster than flying, and saves a hotel bill too.  Italian overnight trains have several types of couchette & sleeper.  Some also have seats, but a couchette or sleeper is recommended, as you can lie flat and sleep in a safely-locked compartment.

Below you will find some ideas to get you started, but please bear in mind, all tours can be tailor-made to suit your needs.


Dates throughout 2022

Choose your destination and see the some the best cities in the World!


Discover Milan; Italy’s fashion capital, financial powerhouse and most vibrant city. Located in the Northern Italy, in the Lombardy region, a short distance from the magnificent Lakes, the city is a hub of vibrancy and innovation. The splendid Duomo Cathedral is one of the city’s most iconic sights and the Piazza in front is classed as the heart of Milan. The ornate façade impresses from afar, whereas the interior is a sight to behold! Opposite the Duomo, is Milan’s fashion home, the outstanding glass-domed Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II, . Here, you’ll find Italy’s most renowned clothes houses, the designer names abound – Gucci, Dolce and Gabanna, Versace, Valentino to name but a few. Also, you can also see Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Last Supper’, a 15th-century mural and one of the world’s most famous paintings, can be found in the refectory of the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie.

From Milan, discover Lake Como, Varese, Lugano, Piacanza


Turin, the ancient capital of Italy and home to FIAT cars and Juventus FC. Explore the cultural and historical sights of this beautiful city. Sights include the large Piazza Castello with Palazzo Reale and Palazzo Madama, the elegant Via Roma, which links Piazza Castello with the eighteenth-century Piazza San Carlo, best known as the lounge of the city. By coach we will be able to reach the Parco del Valentino, with its medieval hamlet and Piazza Vittorio Veneto, where we can admire the River Po, the Basilica di Superga and the hills upon the city.

From Turin, discover Milan, Genoa, Alassio, San Remo, Ventimigila 


The mention of Venice conjures images of gondolas gliding gracefully along serene canals. pass by the Doge’s Palace, St Mark’s Basilica, the Campanile and the Bridge of Sighs. There’s free time to explore the narrow streets, take a ride on a gondola along the Grand Canal, and visit the Rialto Bridge why not explore beyond Venice’s arcade lined squares and canals?  Perhaps join a boat tour to the stunning islands of Murano and Burano. See glassblowers use traditional techniques to create masterpieces on Murano.  The glassblowers were originally sent to Murano because Venetian’s feared the craft would start a great fire.  On Burano, amble past brightly coloured houses. Once, the intricate lace made on this island was the ultimate fashion statement.  The lace is painstakingly detailed and equally breath-taking.

From Venice, discover Lake Garda, Verona, Padua, Treviso


Visit the Gem of the treasure chest, Florence. One of Italy’s most beautiful cities and the birthplace of the Renaissance. Here, see the main sights including the magnificent Duomo Cathedral, the shop-lined Ponte Vecchio and many more around every corner! Moreover, one of Italy’s most beautiful cities. See the main sights, including the magnificent Duomo Cathedral, Giotto’s Bell Tower, the shop-lined Ponte Vecchio, the Piazza della Signoria and the Palazzo Vecchio. Perhaps visit the Uffizi Gallery and see Renaissance masterpieces by Botticelli, Leonardo da Vinci and Giotto, or the Academy of Fine Arts, home to Michelangelo’s ‘David’.

From Florence, discover Pisa, Lucca, Siena, Bologna, Arezzo, Perugia 

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Price based on exchange rate of £1.00 = €1.146. All prices are per person based on sharing a double or twin room and with one free place in a single room, based on a minimum 25 full fare paying passengers. Prices do not include UK coach hire or travel insurance. Dates are subject to availability. Smaller groups can be quoted for on request. Greatdays Holidays Limited is a member of ABTA (Y0380) which means you have the benefit of ABTA's assistance and Code of Conduct. Please ask us to confirm what protection may apply to your booking. Greatdays Holidays Limited has an ATOL licence (4279) and all of our air package tours are protected under this licence. In the unlikely event of our insolvency, the Civil Aviation Authority will ensure that you are not stranded abroad and will arrange to refund any monies you have paid to us for an advance booking. All the flights and flight-inclusive holidays on this tour are financially protected by the ATOL scheme. When you pay you will be supplied with an ATOL Certificate. Please ask for it and check to ensure that everything you booked (flights, hotels and other services) is listed on it. Please see our booking conditions for further information or for more information about financial protection and the ATOL Certificate go to: Our website policy is to use only copyright free images or images which have been authorised to us for free use by the owner. If you consider an image to be unauthorised or to be your property, please contact us immediately and if invalid we will have the image removed. If your image requires crediting or is missing a copyright statement then we will be pleased to add this to the webpage, contact us at

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