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Let us take you on a journey to Italy...

 
We can get you by rail from London to your holiday in Italy… the question is, by which route? Choose an overnight stay in eastern Switzerland followed by a ride on the spectacular Bernina Express, break your stay in gastronomic Turin, or take a sleeper train. Ask our rail experts to help you decide on the best option for you.
 

There are endless routes to reach Italy by train, and most of them are scenic. Choose from the efficient TGV route via Turin, or perhaps a detour through Switzerland with an overnight stay in Zurich before taking a direct tilting train to Milan via the Italian Lakes. For a truly spectacular journey, take your time and break your journey with a stay in Switzerland's Engadine Valley before taking a ride on the Bernina Express, the highest Alpine rail crossing in Europe taking in diverse scenery   from idyllic green Swiss valleys, glimpses of waterfalls and glaciers through pine forests, glacial lakes and stark snow-capped peaks then descending through Italianate villages and valleys lined with vineyards and palm trees to the Swiss Lakes.
TGV via Turin - a scenic and gastronomic gateway to Italy
By far the most popular route with Inntravellers, and it is easy to see why, as it combines good-value fares with civilised departure times from London, a comfortable high-speed TGV journey, splendid mountain scenery and an overnight stay in gastronomic Turin.

Leave London St Pancras at around 8 or 9am and arrive in Paris in time for lunch, before taking your seat on the mid-afternoon TGV to Turin. Leaving the Paris suburbs behind, TGV glides between wheatfields, then through Burgundy’s forests, meadows and vineyards.  After circling Lyon, you leave the high-speed line to climb eastwards towards Chambery. From Chambery, you enjoy some of the best Alpine scenery winding around the Isère valley, passing below towering peaks before entering the Fréjus tunnel.

Shortly after, you emerge in Italy, following a mountain stream along the narrow Susa Valley between two mountain ranges. The long, narrow valley opens out onto the plain, shortly before you arrive at Turin Porta Susa station at around 8.30pm, just in time for dinner.

It was among Turin’s elegant boulevards that the Slow Food movement first began to promote locally grown, artisanal and seasonal produce, so it makes a fitting start to your Slow Inntravel holiday. The Grand Sitea   hotel is ideally situated with a wealth of good restaurants within an easy stroll. After dinner, you could take a stroll around the Baroque Piazza San Carlo with its historic coffee houses, then follow the grand porticoes of the Via Roma to the Palazzo Reale, the former seat of the Dukes of Savoy, often floodlit at night.

From Turin’s Porta Nuova station, many onward journeys involve a high-speed Frecciarossa train with compulsory reserved seating, travelling direct to the region of your choice or with a change at Milan’s impressive Centrale station. For some of our more rural holidays, you are also likely to have a change from your high-speed train to an onward connecting journey by local regionale train. These local services don’t require reservations and make many stops as you head deeper into the countryside.
Journeys from Turin to Piemonte and Liguria
Travelling on to the Piemonte Hills and Vineyards, you don’t have to overnight in Turin. Our “By Rail” price includes a direct taxi from Turin Porta Susa station to your first hotel in Cortemilia. If you prefer to overnight in Turin, the following day you can take a direct taxi (1 hour 40) or for a more local flavour you could also take a local regionale train through vineyards and into the Asti hills (40 minutes) followed by a taxi transfer ( approx 1 hour).

To reach Liguria and our Along the Ligurian Coast holiday from Turin takes around four hours. Take an Intercity train or regionale train south west through vineyards and the Asti hills, then along a river valley to Genoa. Here you change to a local regionale train for a ride along the coast, past picturesque fishing villages.
To the Veneto Vineyards, Lombardy Lakes and the Italian Alps
For our cycling holiday Medieval Mantova to Romantic Verona, take a direct Frecciarossa to Verona ( 2 hours 30) followed by a short hop on a regionale train to Mantova (45 minutes).

For our Lake Orta to Lake Maggiore holiday, it takes just over two hours to reach Lake Orta by local regionale train. The best views are saved for last when the train briefly follows the lake shore.

For Secret Lake Iseo leave Turin on a direct Frecciarossa crossing the Lombardy plain in under two hours, before taking a transfer to your hotel.

For our Lake Ledro to Lake Garda, The High Dolomites, Towards the Dolomites and Traditions of the South Tyrol holidays take a  Frecciarossa direct to Verona (2 hours 30) then change for a scenic journey towards the Dolomites (1 hour 30) through the vineyards of the Adige Valley, finishing with a taxi transfer.

To head deeper into the Dolomites, you begin by taking the high speed line south from Turin to Bologna (2 hours 20) and then changing to a comfortable Austrian cross border train heading north.  After a rewarding 3 hour journey from Verona, you alight in the Venosta Valley for our Orchards and Vineyards cycling holiday.
For the Dolomites Three Peaks you continue on the train for a further 20 minutes then change to a local branch railway to enjoy a further half hour of Dolomites views.
The Heart of Italy - The Appenines, Tuscany and Umbria
For many of these classic Italian favourites, you take a Frecciarossa or Frecciargento on Italy’s main high speed line south from Turin across the Po Valley through Parma towards Bologna and Florence.

For the Secret Appenines, take an early afternoon Frecciarossa to Bologna (2h20), and change to a regionale train on the Porrettana railway. This takes you through rolling hills and thick woodland which produces the chestnuts which feature in the highly praised regional cuisine in our chosen hotels. It takes just over one hour from Bologna but already it will feel like you are stepping off the train into a different world away from the madding crowds.

For our holidays in Tuscany and Umbria, the fastest and most convenient route is to to take the high speed Frecciarossa to Florence (3 hours), travelling through Bologna then through a series of tunnels cutting through the Appenines mountains to Florence.

From Florence, you change to a regionale train for a 1 hour journey through rolling hills, vineyards, and cypress lined wheatfields, followed by a short minute transfer to your hotel for the Tuscany on Two Wheels or Flavour of Tuscany Cycles. For the Hilltop Towns of Tuscany walk, you take the same train route followed by a 45 minute transfer.

For our Essence of Tuscany holiday, following the 3 hour Frecciarossa journey to Florence, you take a 2 hour journey through the heart of Tuscany on regionale trains followed by a short transfer to your hotel.

Umbria is also easy to reach from Turin. Take a 9am Frecciarossa to Florence arriving in time for a leisurely lunch before changing to a local train. The best scenery kept for the last part of the journey along the northern shore of Lake Trasimeno. 2 hours from Florence, our taxi greets you for a drive to our Olive Groves, Vineyards & Abbeys holiday.
To the Etruscan Coast and Maremma Hills
The journey to Western Tuscany is a little bit different. To reach the Etruscan coast, you take a direct Intercity train from Turin south through Piemonte to Genoa where the train joins the Tyrrhenian railway along the coast enjoying wonderful views of the Ligurian Riviera between Genoa and Pisa.  The Intercity trains are older than the Freccia trains, travelling at a more sedate 125mph. Like the Freccia trains, they are air-conditioned and comfortable with compulsory reserved seating. These trains are popular, especially during the summer months, so it is worth booking early to be assured of a place. Catering facilities are not always available on the Intercity trains so be sure to collect picnic provisions before leaving Turin. There is a grocery shop across the road from the Grand Hotel Sitea.

The direct journey from Turin to our holidays in Western Tuscany on the Tyrrhenian railway takes 5 hours 30. For the Quiet Side of Tuscany, you have a direct taxi transfer from the station. For the Etruscan Hills to the Sea, you change to a local train for a short 15 minute hop along the coast followed by a taxi transfer.

Our suggested route the Stroll through History uses a combination of the high speed trains on the outward holiday, and returning using the Tyrrhenian railway. Take a 9am Frecciarossa train for a 3 hour journey from Turin to Florence, changing to a local train for a 2 hour journey, taking in some delightful views, skirting the shore of Lake Trasimeno, before our taxi meets you for a short transfer to your hotel. Travelling home, you have a longer transfer to the coast to take the direct train to Turin.
Direct connections to Italy’s Deep South - Amalfi Coast, Basilicata and Puglia
Reaching the Amalfi Coast from Turin couldn’t be simpler. A direct Frecciarossa service leaves Turin at around 9am, reaching Salerno in less than 7 hours where we arrange a transfer to The Amalfi Coast & Villages  and the Amalfi Coast Discovery holidays.  Travelling home, we arrange a transfer (2h) to Naples for the 6-hour journey to Turin. For The Sorrento Peninsula, take the Frecciarossa to Naples (6h) and we arrange a taxi to your hotel (1h30 - 2h).

Idyllic and uncrowded Basilicata is 8 hours from Turin by direct Frecciarossa, departing after 9am. You leave the high-speed network after Bologna and continue south east to skim the beaches and fishing villages of the Adriatic before heading inland through vineyards and olive groves to bypass the mountains of the Gargnano peninsula. There is a full restaurant car on board with waiter service on this train so you arrive relaxed as our  taxi greets you at the station for a transfer to your first hotel on our cycling holidays Vineyards and Castles of the South or Vineyards, Castles and Trulli (7h30).

For our Pedalling through Puglia take the same Frecciarossa from Turin direct Italy’s heel (9 hours 30), followed by a short transfer to your hotel.
 

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