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Green Holidays in Italy

Beautiful Italy, with its rolling hills, spectacular beaches and ancient sites, has a never-ending appeal to visitors. The chance to sample the freshest pizza, pasta and gelato (not to forget espresso), whilst sitting in the corner of an arcaded piazza or in the shade of a village church is a quintessential holiday experience.

Long, sunny summers of blue skies bless the 'boot', with its picturesque hill towns and rugged mountain ranges, and each region has a unique, independent character, from the rolling country and hill towns of Umbria and Tuscany to the beautiful islands of Sicily and Sardinia (where you can enjoy a huge range of holidays, including learning to scuba dive).

Italy hosts a wide range of great green places to stay, including eco friendly farmhouses and homestays. See our guide on how to tell if your hotel is green.

From the great art of cities like Florence and Rome to cycling, walking and skiing holidays in the Dolomites, Apennines and beyond, a trip to Italy is easily reached by train - see our journey planner for information on How to travel by train from London to Italy

Have a look at some of the best green places to stay and holidays in Italy that you can reach by train, listed below:

Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

Travel by train, escorted 'Grand Tour of Italy'

Explore the ancient city of Rome, Renaissance Florence and Venice through the scenic Tuscan countryside in this grand tour.
From £2,895

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How to travel by train or ferry to Italy

Our detailed rail journey planner provides a wealth of information on how take the train from London to Italy, detailing where to change platforms/stations, prices, timetables, journey times and how to book tickets. Click on the links below for the following journeys:

A Treno Notte sleeper train.A Treno Notte sleeper train.

More places to stay in Italy

Casal dei Fichi

Casal dei Fichi, Le Marche, Italy

A luxury apartment with a private garden in extensive grounds and gorgeous views of the countryside. Take a dip in the 15m solar heated swimming pool, help yourself to produce from the veg plot and orchard and fresh eggs from the free range chickens.
6 apartments -5 doubles + sofabeds & 1 twin or 1 emperor bed

Weekly rates - High (July and August) 950 euros. Standard (rest of the year) 820 euros

The Locanda: roses, honeysuckle and broom, local varieties growing in the garden

Locanda della Valle Nuova, Le Marche, Italy

A renovated 1920s farmhouse near the hilltop town of Urbino in the Le Marche region on the eastern coast of central Italy. Like many agriturismos, food and wine are the focus here, and you can expect splendid, organic dishes made by the owners.
8: 5 doubles, 1 twin, 2 self-catering apartments

Rooms: B&B 55 € per person per night, Dinner B&B 85 € p.p.p.n. (min. 3 nights) Apartments: 680 € per week (ask for shorter and longer stays)

Exterior shot of agriturismo La Cerra

Agriturismo La Cerra, Sardinia, Italy

A typically hospitable family-run farm near the historic town of Tempio Pausania and stunning beaches. The restaurant, in a charming converted stable, serves tasty regional dishes and overlooks the farm where honey is produced.
6: 4 triple room, 1 4beds room, 1 apartment self-catering

€100/120 half board

Abbazia San Faustino

Abbazia San Faustino, Umbria, Italy

San Faustino Abbey, a refurbished Benedictine Abbey in a forest, is now a 16 room country house hotel with restaurants set in gardens with a pool, close to Assisi, Gubbio, Perugia, but isolated enough to be a complete get away in its own right.
2 twins/dbles; 5 dbles; 5 dbles +3rd and 4th beds; 4 suites

Classic €125; Superior €155; Junior Suite €195; Suite €280

More holidays in Italy

Marche hill top coastal villages

Marche Secrets with Go Barefoot Travel

Explore the less discovered Italian Marche region enjoying its wine tasting, truffle hunting, cooking, historic villages and boutique villas as you learn more about the local culture as you travel between hilltop boutique farmhouse villas.

£339 per person

5 days
Various departures all year around
Florence

Grand Tour of Italy by First Class Rail

Experience all the adventure and romance of a grand tour of Italy, where you'll travel first class between some of the country's top destinations, including Rome, Florence and Venice.

From £1,649 per person by First Class rail throughout via Zurich and Montreux travelling on daytime trains (based on two people travelling together)

12 days or tailor-made to suit your specific preferences
Tailor-made to suit your departure dates and requirements
Cycling holiday in Sardinia, Italy

La Costa Verde mountain biking in Sardinia

Remote, sparsely inhabited with long golden sandy beaches and stunning mountains, La Costa Verde is the perfect setting for a superb week of mountain biking. Amongst stunning Mediterranean scenery we ride speedy twisting singletracks to the coast.

From £995 (twin share basis)

8 days
Various departures year around
Munich to Verona via the Brenner Pass

Munich to Verona via the Brenner Pass

From Munich, skirt around the bases of the Alps, meander past glittering lakes and glide through Garmsich-Partenkirchen on the regional train. Lap up the snow dusted, mountainous views before going through the Brenner pass to Verona. A classic!

From £639

4 days
Various departures all year around
Flower filled fields and crumbling hill towns in Umbria

Aspects of Assisi Cycling Tour, Italy

This cycling holiday combines pedalling through olive groves, sunflowers fields, vineyards and apricot orchards with the chance to explore some of the most fascinating towns and historic villages in the country.

From £1158 per person, tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

9 or 11 days
Every two days from 3 May to 14 Oct
San Remo - Nice Bike Ride, Italy and France

San Remo - Nice Bike Ride, Italy and France

This fully escorted, supported and challenging bike tour will take us by road from the Italian to the French Riviera following the best parts of the coast and tackling some of the stunning climbs from the Milan–San Remo and Paris-Nice bike races.

From £929.00 GBP

8 days
Various Saturday departures from May to September
Gran Paradiso Summit - A fantastic trek and easy climbing holiday in Italy

Gran Paradiso Summits - Trek in the Italian Alps

A brilliant trek and easy alpine climbing holiday in Italy. Trek via high passes and two 3300 metre summits and enjoy excellent mountain refugio's. Perfect for experienced and Novice Alpinist

£1095 Land Only

8 days (land only)
6 Aug, 27 August 2016
Exploring Emilia Romagna cycling, Italy

Exploring Emilia Romagna cycling, Italy

Fantastically flat, off the beaten track cycling along coastal routes, country lanes and sleepy villages. The Po Delta is one of Europe's richest bird habitats and a marvellous place to explore and sample the local food and wine as you pedal.

From £1249 tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

9 days
Selected Saturdays from 2 May to 10 Oct
Venice

Highlights of Italy by Train, Italy

Travelling by train through Italy's beautiful landscapes is an unforgettable experience - absorb the incredible views of Lake Como, the Apennine Mountains and the stunning Mediterranean coastline as we visit Venice, Florence, Rome and Naples.

From £1499.00 GBP

15 days
Various departures from September to October
Picture perfect Sardinia with Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holiday

A Saunter in Sardinia | 8 Days

There is so much to discover in this walk through Sardinia from the Montiferru mountain range, ancient site of Tharros the sea cliffs of Su Tingiosu and so much more to explore at your own pace!

From £760pp based on twin sharing

8 Days
Various daily departures from March to June and September to December
The beautiful Cinque Terre with Sherpa Expeditions self-guided walking holiday

Walk Cinque Terre Villages | 6 Days

Join Sherpa`s centre based Italian self-guided walking holiday on the glorious Ligurian coast. Choose a selection of walks of different lengths and grades or just saunter around the beaches and cliff tops at your own pace.

From £580pp based on twin sharing

6 Days
Various daily departures from March to October
The beautiful vineyard scenery of Piedmont

Gastronomic Barolo Cycling, Italy

Discover the unspoilt region of Piedmont on our gastronomic cycling tour. Follow beautifully scenic routes past boundless vineyards and sun-drenched hamlets to stay luxury hotels with panoramic pools and fine cuisine.

From £1519 per person, tour only. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

9 days
Every two days from 11 May to 14 Oct
Rock climbing the Via Ferrata route

An Introduction to Via Ferrata, Italy

Follow traditional Via Ferrata walking routes during this 8-day holiday that'll lead you through this beautiful northeastern corner of the Dolomites massif, an area well-known for its natural beauty.

Prices from: £1099

8 days
Various Saturday departures from July to September
The rolling hills of Northern Italy

Vineyards of Barolo Walk, Italy

Explore the beautifully unspoilt Langhe region of Piedmont where vineyard paths and sun-dappled hamlets await. Stay in wonderfully varied hotels including an 18th century villa and a charming family-run hotel with stunning Alpine views.

Tour only from £1319. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

9 days
Every two days from 11 May to 14 Oct
Stunning hill-side Assisi is a highlight of the holiday

Footsteps of St. Francis Walk, Italy

Superb walking routes through Italy's "Green Heart" of deep lush forests, majestic lakes and impressive limestone gorges, with rare flora and fauna, romantic Apennine peaks and soft terracotta colours along the way.

Tour only from £1018. Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

9 days
Every two days from 3 May to 14 Oct
Cycling holidays in Sardinia, Italy

Coast to coast mountain bike holiday, Sardinia

A lovely route alternating between dirt tracks and quiet asphalt roads, steep climbs and thrilling descents. This is a challenging journey deep into the heart of Sardinia, requiring a reasonable level of fitness rather than technical ability.

£995 (twin share basis)

9 days
Various departures from March to October
Florence, Duomo Santa Maria del Fiore

Tuscany & Venice by Train

With guided tours of Pisa, Venice and Florence, this remarkable tour gives you a real taste of Italy's tremendous character and beauty. With an abundance of Roman and Renaissance architecture, magnificent galleries and free standing monuments.

From £1,365

10 days
Various departures from April - October
Enchanting Lake Garda

Enchanting Lake Garda

Our eight day Lake Garda rail holiday is based in Desenzano, on the shores of the lake. Enjoy exciting excursions to picturesque Sirmione, famous for its imposing 13th century castle as well as lively Verona and Venice.

From £945

8 days
Various departures from April to October
Lake Maggiore Tour by Train

Lake Maggiore Tour by Train

This wonderful seven-night holiday takes us to the shores of beautiful Lake Maggiore on a tour by rail. Set among the snow-capped peaks of the Italian Alps, you can to explore by boat, cable car and ride on the scenic Centovalli Railway.

From £1045

8 days
Various departures from May to October
Italian Riviera Holiday by Train

Italian Riviera Holiday by Train

The enchanting stretch of coastline seen on this Italian Riviera holiday is one of the most beautiful in Europe. Fabulous towns and villages hug the cliffs overlooking the Mediterranean in a region of breathtaking natural beauty.

From £1145

9 days
Various departures from August to October
colosseum-rome-italy

Venice, Rome and Florence

Visit Italy’s three most popular cities on this classic itinerary. Travel into Italy via Nuremberg and the Brenner Pass, before visiting the canals of Venice, the rich historical centre of Rome and the culture of Florence.

from £995 per person including rail travel from the UK

9 days
Departures all year round
Beside Lake Como, Italy

Beside Lake Como, Italy

This rail tour explores pretty little Italian towns and admires gorgeous mountain scenery. Discover the history and culture that surrounds the picturesque Lake Como by Bernina Express and steamer.

From £1495

10 days
Various departures May to September
arena-di-verona

Italian Operatic Trilogy: Arena di Verona

Highlighted by a trip to the unforgettable Arena di Verona for an al fresco opera performance, this rail itinerary also takes in a guided tour of La Fenice in Venice as well as the iconic Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

from £1295 per person including rail travel from the UK

9 days
Daily according to opera season
Santa Maria del Fiore, Florence

Travel by train, escorted 'Grand Tour of Italy'

Explore the ancient city of Rome, Renaissance Florence and Venice through the scenic Tuscan countryside in this grand tour.

From £2,895

14 days.
various departures from March to October
Bellagio, Lake Como

Lake Como All Inclusive Train Holiday

Enjoy magnificent views of Lake Como whilst relaxing in the comfort of an all inclusive hotel on this fantastic train tour. The Italian gems of Milan, Turin and Bellagio are just waiting to be discovered as is the Swiss resort town of St Moritz.

From £1,395

10 days
Various departures from April to October