Florence, Italy
Florence, Italy

A fascinating destination with many unique areas to explore, Italy is a hugely popular country with holidaymakers. This is a country that combines an incredible history with diverse culture, exciting entertainment and gastronomic delights. No matter which part of Italy you visit, you will always be assured of a memorable and wonderful holiday experience.

If you are planning a trip to Italy, one of the most unique ways to enjoy the delights of this country is to travel by rail. You not only get to avoid all the hassles of busy airports but you also get to sit back, relax and immerse yourself in comfort as you head to the vibrant and wonderful towns and cities of Italy.

Five great places to visit

With so many fabulous places to visit, it can be quite a challenge working out where to go when you visit this country. One of the great things about opting for a rail holiday, such as those offered by Great Rail Journeys is that you can sample a variety of different areas of Italy as part of one exciting holiday.

Some of the five top places to visit in Italy include the following.

Florence

The birthplace of the Italian Renaissance, Florence is a truly fascinating city and the capital of the Tuscany region. Steeped in culture and the arts, this is a place with a rich history and many attractions, making it ideal for those who love to explore. You will find many incredible sights to feast your eyes on here, including the beautiful Santa Maria del Fiore cathedral and Palazzo Vecchio, which is packed with fine art.

Bologna

Steeped in history and home to the Western world’s oldest university, Bologna is a unique place to visit, particularly if you want to sample authentic Italian culture. This is not the sort of place where you will find hordes of tourists, so you can enjoy immersing yourself in the local culture and mixing with the residents of this wonderful city. In addition to boasting a history that is ripe for exploring, this is also a city that is known for its sumptuous cuisine, so you will be able to sample some incredible dishes and flavours during your time here.

Lake Garda

Holidays to Lake Garda are very popular among those who want to combine culture and recreation with utter relaxation amid natural beauty. Surrounded by small towns and with a stunning mountainous backdrop, this is the place in which to enjoy the ultimate in relaxation. The picturesque beauty alone makes Lake Garda an excellent choice for holidaymakers.

Lake Garda, Italy
Lake Garda, Italy

Venice

Known for its waterways, artistic vibe and romantic ambiance, Venice is one of the most memorable places to visit, and probably one of the most unique places you will spend time in. There is much to see and do here in addition to soaking up the distinct character and charm of the place. The famous Saint Mark’s Square is a must for those who come here, and some of the fascinating places to visit include Saint Mark’s Basilica and the Peggy Guggenheim Museum.

Rome

It’s not only the capital city of Italy, but it’s also the largest in the country. Rome is the perfect place for history buffs and culture vultures, as it offers huge helpings of both. You will enjoy a full itinerary when you visit this city, as there is so much to see and do. You can explore the ruins of ancient Rome, feast your eyes on the Vatican, and visit many fascinating landmarks, many of which can be accessed free of charge.

These are just a few of the incredible places you will be able to explore when you pay a visit to Italy, enabling you to enjoy everything from fine arts and fine cuisine to a wealth of history and fascinating culture.