Natasha Clark – Italy By Train

This year I had the opportunity to spend 11 nights travelling around central and northern Italy by train. I spent 3 nights in Rome exploring the Vatican City, Colosseum and Roman Forum on a guided tour- my main advise for this would be to not do it all in one day (extremely tiring) if you can spread this out over two days that would be better. We also had chance to visit the Spanish steps and Trevi fountain whilst eating and drinking the local cuisine on the way. After Rome we travelled by train to Florence- this again was a beautiful city with plenty to see such as the Duomo and the panoramic views of Florence. We then had the pleasure of spending 4 relaxing days in Bardolino, Lake Garda- this place is truly remarkable. At the end of our Italian adventure we stayed 2 nights in Venice, we got the opportunity to ride in a Gondola and eat all the pasta and pizza we could afford. We travelled at the end of September therefore the weather was very pleasant but we did see 2 days rainfall when in Florence so it can be a bit hit and miss. I would recommend pre booking the trains before travelling as they can fluctuate in price and seats can sell out. We roughly spent around £150 per couple a day on food and drink (breakfast was included at the hotels)

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