From London: Italian Rail Trip - Venice, Milan, Cinque Terra, Rome and Naples £264.65 @ Ebookers
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From London: Italian Rail Trip - Venice, Milan, Cinque Terra, Rome and Naples £264.65 @ Ebookers

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Found 21st Nov
Whilst January is off peak season for exploring Italy, it does mean that you pay much cheaper with hotels and accommodation being much better value and there is some great offers, making what could be a very expensive trip, affordable.

This is a 12 night trip to Italy using the affordable rail network in Italy to explore. Italian trains are cheap, easy to use and far better than tackling Italian driving! This trip starts in Venice, and you will visit Milan, Cinque Terra, Rome and Naples with the opportunity for side trips to the Italian Lakes, Florence, Pisa and Pompeii depending on how bus you like your trip

I've picked all central places to stay as this is a jam packed itinerary you don't want to be too far away and waste all your time travelling, although if you did choose to stay a bit further out of the city you may get cheaper deals.

The screen shots show the trains I've picked but you could review the times and pick alternative ones. For anyone who has always wanted to see Italy it's a good way to see a fair bit in a short space of time.

The trains you will need to book on the Tren Italia website. Note that you will need to look for the Italian spelling of the cities, but you can change the option to English on the top right for ease of booking.

18-20 January
Arrive into Venice with Ryanair from London. You'll stay for 2 nights in Venice in the lovely Palazzo La Scala which is walking distance to the Rialto bridge. If you choose to stay in Lido or Mestre you will be sure to find cheaper accommodation much, much cheaper, but as you've only got 2 nights in Venice, I've picked somewhere that is walking distance to the attractions such as Rialto Bridge. Depending on your budget you could change this. The room is private en-suite and again, if you are happy to share bathrooms you will certainly get cheaper.

20-21 January
On 20/01 you'll catch the train to Milan. It's just over 2 hrs direct into Milan. Accommodation can be expensive in Milan, but the one I've picked is 15 mins from the town centre on the metro which is €1.50 but if you wanted cheaper accommodation bearer the centre, there are some cheap options although they are quite expensive with rubbish reviews and shared bathrooms. You only have a night in Milan but that's enough to see the views from the Duomo and get your tickets well in advance to see the Last Supper. In Milan you'll stay at the Ornanto Hotel.

21-24 January
On 21 Jan you'll catch the train to La Spezia which ideally places you for exploring 
Cinque Terra using the bus service as the ferry doesn't operate in winter. You'll spend 3 nights here at the Casa Dane which again is walking distance to train station. Rooms are en-suite. If this isn't long enough, you can easily tweak this trip.

24-28 January
On 24/01 you'll get the train to Rome. It's just a couple of hours and you'll be in the centre of Rome. You'll spend 4 nights in Rome at the highly rated A View of Rome accommodation a which is near metro and train stops.

28-30 January
On 28/01 you'll take the train to Naples. I've allowed 2 nights in Naples as it's a great gateway for exploring Pompeii which is easily done as a side trip. I think Naples is a love hate place so you could split your time up and visit Sorrento too but as this is quite a busy trip I'd just suggest using public transport instead. You will stay at the Hotel Europe in Naples. On 30/01 you fly back to the UK.

Breakdown

Ryanair flights from UK to Venice £19.98 for 2 people.

3 nights in Venice 70.51 book at Ebookers using code BLACKFRIDAY5

Train Venice to Milan €39.80/£35.27

1 night in Milan £31.93 book at Ebookers using code above.

Train Milan to La Spezia €25.80/£22.87

3 nights in Cinque Terra £106.21 book at Ebookers using code above.

Train La Spezia to Rome €25.80/£22.87

4 nights in Rome £151.55 @ Ebookers code above

Train Rome to Naples €25.80/£22.87

2 nights in Naples £45.27 @ Ebookers code above

Flight Naples to London €/£

Total
£529.33/£264.66

City tax is payable in many places of Italy, upon arrival at accommodation.

Top comments

Sometimes I wish I didn't have kids. Only sometimes. Like now. This would of been right up my street.
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Sometimes I wish I didn't have kids. Only sometimes. Like now. This would of been right up my street.

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All train tickets book on Trein Italia website.

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Where is that image from, Portafina?

Hot for effort. I'm planning a similar thing but sometimes in May

Heat for the effort alone. What's the weather Like in Jan?

yespleasesir3 h, 25 m ago

Sometimes I wish I didn't have kids. Only sometimes. Like now. This would …Sometimes I wish I didn't have kids. Only sometimes. Like now. This would of been right up my street.


Plenty of Ryanair flight for a fiver today.

You can even take the kids at that price.

Great find. You've put together a helluva trip. Enjoy!

Though I must say Naples is a total dump of a place, especially in the low season, but it's still worth swinging past if only to grab a pizza (or two ) again at L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. OP if you've not been, try it! I'd probably shorten my time in Rom£ and spend a few days in Sorrento. But each to their own.

exploring Italy is on the wish list, I did Rome and the train to Pisa (train travel - Spot on!) and loved it. I want to try down south as Rome seemed like a rushed experience of Italy.

Planning to go in 2019 but want to do something like this.. Post gets heat from me pal!

Italian train stations are some of the scariest places in Europe. You couldn't pay me to go back to the centre of Naples.

malkay17 m ago

Great find. You've put together a helluva trip. Enjoy!Though I must say …Great find. You've put together a helluva trip. Enjoy!Though I must say Naples is a total dump of a place, especially in the low season, but it's still worth swinging past if only to grab a pizza (or two ) again at L'Antica Pizzeria Da Michele. OP if you've not been, try it! I'd probably shorten my time in Rom£ and spend a few days in Sorrento. But each to their own.


+1 for this, Naples is rough and the stunning Amalfi Coast is nearby - Sorrento, Amalfi, Positano and Capri all more worthy of your time.

saltygaz3 h, 30 m ago

Where is that image from, Portafina?


It appears to be yes, but this trip doesn't go there..

commenter1445 m ago

Italian train stations are some of the scariest places in Europe. You …Italian train stations are some of the scariest places in Europe. You couldn't pay me to go back to the centre of Naples.


Stick to the "Freccia" - intercity services. I think they are some of the fastest, cleanest and most reasonably priced trains in Europe. The "regionale" trains for locals are indeed slow, old and with few ticket inspectors to chuck freeloaders/vagrants off.

commenter141 h, 22 m ago

Italian train stations are some of the scariest places in Europe. You …Italian train stations are some of the scariest places in Europe. You couldn't pay me to go back to the centre of Naples.


I visited Itsly for the first time in October, and whilst I agree about Naples, a city I’d never go back to, the main train stations were generally clean, tidy and user friendly.

Skip Naples and spend a couple of days down in the Amalfi coast instead.

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djmilesno133 m ago

I visited Itsly for the first time in October, and whilst I agree about …I visited Itsly for the first time in October, and whilst I agree about Naples, a city I’d never go back to, the main train stations were generally clean, tidy and user friendly.Skip Naples and spend a couple of days down in the Amalfi coast instead.




I think the Amalfi coast would probably be better later in the year due to weather, that said there is nothing stopping you doing this as a side trip or basing yourself there.

I've previously posted a similar deal, for April and May this year (not sure if anyone took advantage of that). That that was double this per person, so prices do go up a lot in the spring/summer months.

I've solely included Naples for visiting Pompeii which I think is less dependent on weather and could be a good day trip. I agree that Naples does get bad reviews but as a base it is significantly cheaper and central for public transport options.

I think French railways are worse, that said I'd not do the Italian night trains again. They were some of the worst I've been on, and that includes the night trains in China.
Edited by: "rachelandgromit" 21st Nov

Brilliant,very tempted ,well put together

commenter147 h, 0 m ago

Italian train stations are some of the scariest places in Europe. You …Italian train stations are some of the scariest places in Europe. You couldn't pay me to go back to the centre of Naples.


Florence Rome Milan Siena Venice etc have had decent train stations

Funnily enough I am in the process of putting together a 12 day trip to Italy (Milan - Florence - Siena - Pisa - Rome)... but it would be during the Easter break. Having it for this price would have been amazing!

Does anyone know what is the quickest/easiest way to get to Stansted from Bournemouth? I had a look at National Express and it takes more than 5 hours!

saltygaz21st Nov

Where is that image from, Portafina?


It's Manarola not Portofino

Edited by: "LaTigra" 22nd Nov

LaTigra18 m ago

It's Manarola not Portofino


Looks amazing.
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