Pearls of Italy

6-day tour of Italy
  • A comprehensive tour of northern Italy’s highlights.
  • Rome, Florence, Cinque Terre, Verona, Venice.
  • Cultural capitals and stunning coastal views.

Our Pearls of Italy rail tour expands on our Renaissance tour with some choice additions, showing you several smaller gems in addition to the cultural experiences that are Rome, Florence and Venice.

Day to day


Day 1 - Rome

No trip to Italy is complete without a visit to Rome, which is why it is the starting point of this tour. It is the city of Fellini, Michelangelo and Julius Caesar, and has captured the imagination of the world for millennia. Stroll across the Via Veneto, dip your feet in the Trevi Fountain, and take in a view of the Colloseum as you sip a cappuccino—but only drink it in the morning, because when in Rome, you should do as the Romans do!

Your hotel is situated close to the main train station and a short walk from Michelangelo’s Cloister, a bath house transformed into a church during the Renaissance.

It is possible to start the tour in Florence or Venice. Additional train tickets to the start of your tour can also be added to your booking. Additional fees will apply.

Day 2 - Florence

Total travel time: 1:30 hours
A morning high-speed train will take you to Florence, arriving before noon. As you take in the city’s skyline, the Palazzo Vecchio and the Duomo will be hard to miss. Other must-see sights include the Ponte Vecchio, which spans the Arno river, and Michelangelo’s statue of David in the Galleria dell’Accademia.

Your overnight stay is in a hotel situated just around the corner from the Fortezza da Basso fortress and the Fortezza gardens. A short walk from the train station.

Day 3 - Riomaggiore

Total travel time: 3:30 hours
Take a connecting train in the morning to the coastal village of Riomaggiore, arriving in the early afternoon. Riomaggiore is the southernmost comune (township) of the Cinque Terre National Park, which is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It is connected to the other villages by coastal path and train only. Access by car is limited. Taste the locally made wine and enjoy a stunning sunset over the Ligurian Sea.

The hotel you will be staying in is at the top of the village. It is a 10-minute uphill walk, but the views of the village and sea are the best in town.

Day 4 - Lucca

Total travel time: 1:30 hours
Two connecting trains will take you to Lucca, the birthplace of the famous composer Puccini. You will arrive before noon, and have the rest of the day to explore this Tuscan town.

Overnight stay in a hotel inside the old city walls.

Day 5 - Verona

Total travel time: 3:30 hours
It is in Verona that Shakespeare lays his scene of two star-cross’d lovers, called Romeo and Juliet. Whether Shakespeare ever visited the city is unknown, but Juliet’s balcony does exist, and you can visit it! The entire city of Verona has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, due to its historic urban structure and Roman monuments. A highlight that should not be missed is the opera in the Roman arena.

Overnight stay in a hotel close to the train station and walking distance from the old city centre.

Day 6 - Venice

Total travel time: 1:15
A morning train will take you to Venice, but not too early. Arrival just before noon in Santa Lucia station on the archipelago at the heart of the historic city. Stepping out of the station, you will find yourself immediately immersed in a maze of canals, bridges and alleyways of a city that produced legendary figures such as Marco Polo and Casanova. At the height of its power, Venice was the gateway to the Orient, and still remains a terminus for the infamous Orient Express.

Your hotel is located within walking distance from the train station and is situated on one of Venice’s beautiful canals.

It is possible to add train tickets back to Rome or to another destination to your booking, or an extra overnight stay in any location during the tour. Additional fees will apply.

More info


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Included


  • Train pass for all journeys that are part of the tour.
  • Seat reservations when necessary.
  • 5 overnight stays: a 2 person room with shower + toilet, breakfast included.
  • Day-to-day itinerary.

Extensions


Extend your trip with additional nights in any of the towns
  • Rome from €60 p.p.p.n.
  • Florence from €55 p.p.p.n.
  • Riomaggiore from €80 p.p.p.n.
  • Lucca from €65 p.p.p.n.
  • Verona from €65 p.p.p.n.
  • Venice from €65 p.p.p.n.
  • Overnight stays in other cities (which are not part of the tour) before, after or during the rail tour can be added as well

Surcharges


  • An upgrade to 1st class train travel is possible for €59 p.p.

Departure


  • Daily departure

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