One of the easiest ways to sample the very best that Italy has to offer is to take a train holiday and explore this beautiful country.
The north of Italy is a splendid mix of beautiful natural scenery, rugged mountains, lakes and ancient towns. Any traveller who selects one of the many train holidays to Lake Garda will have the opportunity to explore Verona and Venice as well as the little towns clustered along the shore of the lake.
The journey from the UK through Europe and on to Italy will take you through some of the most beautiful landscapes that the continent has to offer and with the Italian service running efficiently, everything should stay on schedule.
When you change trains at Milan station, make sure you look upwards and marvel at the glorious architecture. In fact, on the journey from Milan to Riva del Garda travellers will spend quite a lot of time looking towards the sky, if only to take in the stunning Alpine scenery.
This little town on the shores of Italy’s largest lake, Lago di Garda, boasts Roman ruins, thermal baths and the Scaliger castle. The baths are still in operation today, drawing upon water taken from Lake Garda, and are naturally heated.
Anyone who chooses a Great Rail holiday will have the opportunity to explore this enchanting town and many other sites around the lake. Densenzano del Garda is close to Sirmione and has a beach that serves as an ideal place to take a quick dip in the lake. The town is very popular and those who wish to indulge in the local nightlife will be delighted to learn the town has many restaurants and nightclubs.
Lovers of history and culture will adore the ancient city of Verona. Not only is the city famous for its Juliet balcony, but travellers can also enjoy the opera in the Roman Arena del Verona. This huge amphitheatre can hold up to 15, 000 spectators and if you have the time you should try the heady experience of hearing Verdi under the stars.
One of the best ways in which to absorb this impressive city is to take a caffe latte and sit outside soaking up the atmosphere. The Castelvecchio is well worth a visit too as is the sculpture garden of the Giardino Giusti.