Italy by rail

Venice - Ponte de l'Agnello - Sestiere Santa CroceI don’t know about you but this time of year always has us thinking ahead to our holidays and where we could spend them. Paul has been ripping out pages from newspapers with ideas that appeal to him – he’s really taking this serious for 2012 – and everyone knows I love Italy so I wanted to talk about seeing Italy by rail as an interesting adventurous alternative that is also family friendly.

Italy being renowned for it’s beautiful art cities that are dotted around the boot is always high up there on the Bucket List as a possible destination but travelling from one place to the next often puts up various barriers especially with the Italian’s infamous reputation for mad driving and that’s where escorted trips come into the equation. A company like Great Rail Journeys can help you put together your perfect holiday in destinations all over the world and be on hand to help out if at all needed during your vacation.

When I used to work at the Italian Tourist Board I would be in contact with every tour operator in the UK and Eire who dealt with Italy, it was my job to make sure they knew as much as possible about the country and all the beautiful places to visit and consider placing them in their brochures, which wasn’t difficult as Italy oozes beauty, culture and charm, Great Rail Journeys were on my contact list and the idea of travelling by train always fascinated me as I flicked through their gorgeous brochure.

Rome: Navona Square: Neptune Fountain -Detail-A good friend of Paul’s has already booked up his rail trip around Italy for this summer, he’s taking his teenage daughter and they shall be visiting Florence, Venice and Rome amongst other places. What an amazing holiday for his teenage daughter, the amount of wonderful memories that will be made and treasured for a lifetime, the vast amount of beauty she will witness all around her and the history she will see beats any text book. Excellent choice Mark if I do say so myself.

I found an excellent blog Reid’s Italy with some brilliant tips on where to go what to do and what to eat in Rome depending on the amount of time you have available, 1 day, 2 days or more AND he has other pages for the most major destinations in Italy.

So whilst you’re tucked up indoors out of the dreadful weather that’s thrashing our country today, why not have a look at the glorious Bel Paese and see just how many different places there are to visit. There’s something for everyone!

Here are some of my Italian holidays over the years

Lake Garda


Cinque Terre


  1. The Fool
    January 3, 2012 / 2:27 PM

    Italy by train is great and so easy, we did it for honeymoon in 2005 with an inter-rail ticket.
    Visited Milan, Verona, Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples! 

    • Mari
      January 3, 2012 / 3:48 PM

      You’re right I used the train quite a lot when I lived over there and found it comfortable, cheap and clean. Fabulous honeymoon you had, you must go back now and visit more :)

  2. Mammasaurus
    January 10, 2012 / 11:48 PM

    Italy is one of those places I’d like to go to but never been. Having travelled most of Europe now I think I need to get my behind into gear and seriously consider it!
    And now I know who to come for for info ;)

    • Mari
      January 11, 2012 / 11:03 AM

      You MUST go, you will fall in love and Italy will be in your soul forever – I promise

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