Updated: Apr 20, 2020
There is one country in the world that has it all from food, beauty, charm and history. Yes, Italy! I have been lucky to have been visiting Italy for many years, with each visit creating wonderful and long-lasting memories. Today it's even easier to travel the length and breadth of the country via car, bus, train or plane. How will you travel and explore beautiful and charming Italy?
Italian Red Vespa Scooter In Medieval Verona ©MDHarding
Beautiful and Charming Italy
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Itinerary One - Rail Trip: Rome, Pisa, Florence, Naples, Sorrento and Capri (Two Weeks)
Do you have a bit more flexibility and looking for an adventure too? See more of Italy with a rail trip.
We flew return from Edinburgh into Naples then took the Naples Alibus airport bus shuttle between the airport the Central Train Station. It departs every 20 - 30 minutes and the journey takes between 15 - 20 minutes. Each journey is 5 Euros and you can pay on the bus. There are a few alternative arrival and departure airports available.
Naples is the third largest city in Italy after Rome and Milan. It's really easy to get around with local transport or why not jump on-board the hop on and off city sightseeing tour bus. While visiting don't miss the city's cathedral, the Duomo di San Gennaro, which is filled with frescoes. Other major landmarks include the lavish Royal Palace and Castel Nuovo, a 13th-century castle. Do you enjoy walking? Take the hiking train to see the legendary Mount Vesuvius.
Top Tip: Have you heard of the Naples Pass? Save time and money with a 3 day Naples Pass + Transports and Museums. It includes local transport and entrance fee to museums such as Pompeii.
Incredible city break offers for Naples.
Band Stand, Naples, Italy ©MDHarding
Sorrento on the scenic amalfi coast with it's sheer cliff edges, colourful houses and small fishing villages is only just over an hour by train from Naples, or perhaps you would like to take the Naples Sorrento ferry? While in Sorrento take the small ferry to the Island of Capri. One of Italy's most beautiful islands attracting the rich and famous. Don't miss the islands delicious cuisine, shopping and gardens. Which famous face will you spot while visiting?
Top Tip: Don't forget your refilled bottle of water.
Amalfi Coast with Stepped Colourful Houses, Italy ©MDHarding
Rome is a magnificent city with it's Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and of course The Vatican. The journey time by train from Sorrento to Rome varies between 2 - 3 hours. Put on your walking shoes, taste the delicious gelato and don't forget to make a wish at the incredible Baroque Trevi Fountain.
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Monumento Nazionale a Vittorio Emanuele II, Rome, Italy ©MDHarding
This year Florence like many cities in Italy is celebrating the genius Leonardo Da Vinci. It's even more potent that it's his birthplace. Jump on-board an early departing high speed train from Rome and you will be there with ample time to explore before lunch! 168 miles covered in less than one hour 30 minutes. 500 years of Da Vinci, see more than 250 large scale models at the Da Vinci Museum located in the heart of Florence. The centre of Italian Renaissance is famous for the Duomo, a cathedral with a terracotta-tiled dome engineered by Brunelleschi and a bell tower by Giotto. The Galleria dell'Accademia displays Michelangelo’s “David” sculpture. The Uffizi Gallery exhibits Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and da Vinci’s “Annunciation.”
Top Tip: Remember to Slip, Slap, Slop - T-shirt, put on a wide brimmed hat and lots of sun cream!
Arno River, Florence, Italy ©MDHarding
A short fun filled few hours/day trip from Florence by train. Only just over an hour from Florence it's worth the visit to see the Leaning Tower of Pisa, Cathedral of Pisa and a stroll around the shops, eat then back to Florence. You might like to stay longer and enjoy the ambiance of this magical city. Did you know the Leaning Tower of Pisa was already leaning when it was completed in 1372?