Top to Toe of Italy
Venice to Sicily
Travel & Accommodation
Map & Itinerary
- 14 nights in premium accommodation
- Services of a professional Great Rail Journeys Tour Manager and expert local guides
- 24 meals - 14 breakfasts, 2 lunch and 8 dinners
- Airport transfers and tipping
Travel & Accommodation
Dine in Tuscany
Visit an agriturismo (Italian farmhouse) for an authentic and mouth-watering Tuscan lunch.
Take a ride on the Circumetnea Train around Mt Etna volcano.
Leaning Tower of Pisa
See the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of Europe’s most iconic buildings.
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Open squares, dreamy canals and broad boulevards of Renaissance architecture – there really is nothing quite like the beauty of Venice. Discover this remarkable city built on water and marvel at the locals’ unique way of life. Upon arrival in this spellbinding city, you will be met and transferred to your hotel.
Stay: Two Nights: Venice, Hotel Sant’ElenaDaily :
With its unique cityscape and rich heritage as head of the Byzantine Empire, Venice has enchanted visitors for centuries. Today, you’ll enjoy a guided tour, admiring landmarks such as St Mark’s Basilica and the dazzling Doge’s Palace. The afternoon is free for you to explore. Perhaps you might like to take a gondola ride or a tour of La Fenice Theatre (own expense).Daily :
Savour a meal of Tuscan specialties at a local restaurant.
Leaving Venice, step aboard your first class train to Florence. Here you will embark on a guided tour of this Renaissance city, including the Ponte Vecchio and the Duomo with its red-tiled dome. Afterwards, why not explore further and take a stroll through the alluring Boboli Gardens? Or, wander down to the Arno to watch row boats glide peacefully over the water.
Stay: Three Nights: Florence, Hotel de la VilleDaily :
Visit an agriturismo (an Italian farmhouse) for an authentic Tuscan lunch.
This morning you’ll travel to the quintessentially Tuscan city of Siena. Its well-preserved centre is interlinked by a web of narrow streets that lead to the Campo, a grand shell-shaped piazza. Take a guided tour of this charismatic city, and visit sights that include the Siena cathedral built from strips of black and white marble.Daily :
Florence, Pisa, Lucca
Today, board the train for your Tuscan rail excursion to Pisa and Lucca.
On arrival in Pisa a guided tour takes you to the Field of Miracles. See the Romanesque Duomo and the world-famous Leaning Tower of Pisa, one of Europe’s most iconic buildings. In the afternoon, travel to Lucca – a delightful city that has escaped the tourist crowds. Explore the walled city’s medieval core and ramparts, and perhaps visit the Guinigi Tower, known for the majestic oak tree growing from its top. Return to Florence and enjoy this evening at leisure.Daily :
Today, set your sights on the Eternal City as you travel to Rome. This afternoon, a guided tour by coach and foot takes you past many of the landmarks that have shaped this mesmerising city over thousands of years. You’ll pass the Colosseum and see the Roman Forum, which played a vital role in Roman public life. Additionally, throw a coin in the Trevi Fountain, a wonderful baroque sculpture set in a tiny square.
Stay: Three Nights: Rome, Grand Hotel PalitinoDaily :
Rome is a city that has captured the imaginations of many around the world. Spend today discovering its romance for yourself – perhaps seek out the Statue of David or view the masterpiece ceiling of the Sistine Chapel.Daily :
With another day at leisure, perhaps climb the famous Spanish Steps, or stand in awe beneath the domed ceiling of the Pantheon, which has hardly changed in almost 2,000 years.Daily :
Rome, Naples, Sorrento
Lemon orchards cover the hillsides around Sorrento, and following the tour you’ll taste limoncello, a favourite drink among the locals.
Travel by train to Naples, then continue to Sorrento via coach. A guided walking tour will take you down narrow, cobbled streets, where you’ll witness an exciting fusion of palace buildings and quaint old churches.
Stay: Three Nights: Sorrento, Hilton Sorrento PalaceDaily :
Sorrento, Amalfi Coast
A perfect Mediterranean landscape, the Amalfi Coast’s soaring cliffs and olive groves are both dizzying and wonderful. Today, journey along he famous ‘road of 1,000 bends’, a twisting lane that links the whitewashed coastal villages. Stop to take in the incredible vista above Positano, before arriving in Amalfi. Here, perhaps visit the cathedral, or admire the other fine sights. Later, we continue to Ravello.Daily :
Board the Campania Express to ancient Pompeii, which was buried in ash by the Mount Vesuvius eruption in 79AD. The Roman city was concealed for centuries and its features perfectly preserved until it was rediscovered in 1748. Take a guided tour of the lost city and see public buildings like the amphitheatre, as well as the private villas of the victims.Daily :
Sorrento, Salerno, Sicily, Taormina
In Villa San Giovanni, the train joins a special ferry for the journey across the Straits of Messina to the island of Sicily, the largest island in the Mediterranean.
Transfer to Salerno for a train journey along Italy’s rugged west coast. Here the azure sea laps at the shores as you pass the small towns and villages of this alluring region.
Stay: Three Nights: Grand Hotel Baia Taormina Palace and SpaDaily :
Today, head out on a guided tour of Taormina’s highlights, including the spellbinding Teatro Greco, an immaculately preserved Greek-style amphitheatre still used for operatic performances. After the tour, enjoy time at leisure to discover why this is one of Sicily’s most popular summer destinations.Daily :
Taormina, Mount Etna, Circumetnea Railway
Beginning in the village of Giarre, take the winding Circumetnea train around the base before ascending the mountain, passing through the rugged lava plains along the higher slopes.
Today you will enjoy a visit to Mount Etna. At 10,922-foot-high, it has been growing for about 500,000 years and now towers over the city of Catania on the island of Sicily.Daily :
Taormina, Depart Catania
After breakfast, your incredible journey through Italy comes to an end today with a transfer to Catania airport.Daily :
Everything was wonderful. There were great sight seeing trips and the guides were very knowledgeable.