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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 £2,335

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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.

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Cascina Rodiani - Green Hospitality

Cascina Rodiani, Drezzo (Como), Italy

Off the beaten track, the16th Century Cascina Rodiani offers eco-friendly hospitality. A family run bed and breakfast serving organic food close to Lakes Como and Lugano, the Alps and various hiking and cycling trails in the Spina Verde Park.
3 Double Rooms, 1 Family Suite

Double Room €100- €120, Family Suite €150 - €180 Breakfast included (depending on number of nights of stay)

Puglia Monastery

Puglia Monastery, Italy

This captivating historic stone masseria, built in 1300, now sensitively restored into one of the most luxurious self-catering properties in Europe is at the end of a long driveway in over 5 acres of grounds with extensive gardens and olive groves
Sleeps 10, 3 doubles, 2 twins

£2,017-£4,034 based on ten people sharing

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

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Aspects of Assisi Cycling, Italy

Umbria offers a perfect venue for flat pedalling through olives groves, sunflower fields, vineyards and apricot orchards. En route we are rewarded by constant panoramic views of the stunning landscapes and beautiful hilltop villages and hamlets.

From 1158.00 GBP

9 days
From May 15 to Oct 15
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

Matera to Puglia Cycle Ride, Italy

Our journey starts in Matera, we leave behind this rocky and arid land and cycle towards the picture-postcard town of Alberobello, and on from there to Lecce via the idyllic coastline of the Salentinian Peninsula, through Ostuni and Gallipoli.

From 899.00 GBP

8 days
From Jun 15 to Oct 15
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
Contrasts of Puglia cycling, Italy

Contrasts of Puglia cycling, Italy

This is a beautifully unspoilt region, with historic wine towns, white sandy beaches and colourful fishing villages. There are swimming opportunities most days and truly unique hotels.

From £1097 tour only Quote GT1234 when you book and receive a free bottle of champagne per booking!

8 days
Selected Mondays, Wednesdays and Saturdays from 1 April to 17 Oct
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

Grand Tour of Italy by First Class Rail in 2015

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

12 days or tailor-made to suit your specific preferences
Tailor-made to suit your departure dates and requirements

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 1779.00 GBP

15 days
From Jun 15 to Oct 16
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
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

£1195

8 days (land only)
8 and 29 August
Puglia and Basilicata

Puglia and Basilicata, Italy

A rural adventure touring through Rome, then exploring the beautiful regions of Puglia and Basilicata and famous and historic sites in the heel of Italy, whilst relaxing and enjoying the coastal landscapes from a Gargano Peninsula boat cruise.

From £2095

13 days
First departure 04 April 2014, Last departure 10 October 2014
Pisa

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 £1,245

10 days
8 Apr - 14 Oct
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 £1,275

10 days
From 8 April to 21 Oct
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 £895

8 days
From 10th April to 4th October
Lake Garda and Gardone Riviera, Italy

Lake Garda and Gardone Riviera, Italy

A relaxing rail holiday, staying in the Savoy Palace Hotel in Gardone Riviera on the banks of Lake Garda. Explore Venice, Milan and Verona and experience a local ‘Agriturismo’ wine co-operative in Valpolicella

From £1595

10 days
First departure 19 April 2014, Last departure 11 October 2014
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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 £1250 per person including rail travel from the UK

9 days
daily until 5 September 2014
The Venice Simplon Orient Express

The Venice Simplon Orient Express

Explore Paris, Milan and Venice with a guide on this truly relaxing, romantic and elegant holiday. Travel on one of the most glamorous and famous trains of all time, the Venice Simplon Orient Express.

From £2950

9 days
First departure 23 April 2014, Last departure 08 October 2014
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 £1695

10 days
First departure 19 April 2014, Last departure 27 September 2014
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 £2,335

14 days.
From 23 March to 12 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 £995

9 days
From 5th April to 11th 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 £985

8 days
From 10th May to 4th October
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Classical Italian Trilogy

Visit Italy’s three most popular cities on this varied 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