The Italian countryside is amongst the finest in the world with lush vineyards, beautiful hills, mountains and forests as well as lush fertile plains and beautiful rivers and a stunning coast. This makes it one of the most popular and intriguing countries in the world and one that is perfect for travelling across by train. Trains are reliable and not too overpriced (at least compared to the UK) and offer one of the best ways to see large parts of this beautiful country in one go. With that in mind we decided to take you on a journey from the eastern cities of Venice to Florence and down to the capital Rome before descending down to the beautiful southern tip to Naples and Sicily.
Venice is one of the most romantic and idyllic cities on earth and incredibly crowded in the summer months thanks to its beauty. It’s a great place to start your journey into this beautiful country and one of the most idyllic places in the world. The architecture is sublime and the Grand Canal is everything you expect it to be and more. Wandering around the streets is a great pastime and you should visit the Ducal Palace, the Treasury and the waterways – just bear in mind everything is expensive. From Venice you can jump on the train at Sant Lucia and head towards Florence. The journey takes you through the heart of northern Italy through the beautiful agricultural landscapes and past small towns and villages basking in the warm suns.
As a stop on the way to Rome Florence is an incredible city and stunningly beautiful; the spirit of the renaissance is still much in evidence here and the sheer beauty of the city is incredible. Stroll to the Duomo and Uffizi before wandering the streets and admiring the architecture. From the Santa Maria Novella train station you can begin the short journey to Rome across some of Italy’s most beautiful hills.
Rome is the perfect place to holiday and definitely will set the scene for your journey across the country. Rome has the most famous monuments of Italy and lives up to its well-deserved reputation as one of the most beautiful cities in Europe. Within Rome you need to explore the Colosseum, the stunning Trevi fountain and the vast ruins of temples and Roman villas. The city is stunningly beautiful and has a great atmosphere. But of course the biggest draw is the separate state – Vatican City. The Vatican is the world’s smallest state and incredibly luxurious and beautiful. The Sistine chapel is a must stop and the paintings are incredible. From Rome Termini Central Station we head south across the Lush Mediterranean landscapes to Naples and Sicily.
Naples and Sicily
Heading south brings us to the end of our journey and the perfect destination for some well-deserved rest and relaxation. The bay of Naples is beautiful and nearby you can explore Pompei and some of Italy’s most beautiful landscapes. Naples itself is a vibrant colourful city with a distinct atmosphere and fantastic architecture. Sicily in turn has a completely unique identity with beautiful Mediterranean beaches and an abundance of culture and beauty. Villas in Sicily make a great place to unwind and enjoy the local culture and there are some great resorts and hotels as well. Finally you can fly home from Naples or take the train along the coast back to Rome.