Italy

Italy - Milan

Don’t Miss

Make sure you reserve a time to view Da Vinci’s The Last Supper in the Church of Santa Maria della Grazie. Close to the Milano Centrale train station, the marble Duomo features an incredible 3,500 statues and 135 spires. It’s been 500 years in the making and work still continues today. Board the lift to the roof and enjoy breathtaking views of the Alps. 

Retail Therapy

Milan is a fashion hub, luckily the close proximity of the haute couture shops means you don’t have to walk far to fit all the designers in. Check out the mosaic decorated ceiling vaults at the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II shopping centre -also an excellent place for people watching. 

Eat and Drink

Creamy pastas are a popular choice - go for the delicious funghi porcini pasta. If you’re flagging pay a visit to one of the many espresso bars, or try the canal districts of Navigli and Ticinese for more laid-back restaurants. 

Hidden Gem

The Milan Monumental Cemetery houses many fascinating sculptures, temples, obelisks and tombs, providing the final resting place for many honoured Milanese folk. 

Day Trip

'Surrounded by snow-capped mountains the scenic Lake Como is less than an hour from Milan. After shopping in Como, enjoy a panoramic cruise along the lake to Bellagio, you’ll pass some wonderful scenic towns and tropical gardens. 

Remarks

Train tickets, rail pass to Milan : with Rail Europe enjoy a rail travel to Milan. Travel by train in Europe with Rail Europe, your travel planner.

 

Italy - Bologna

Student city Bologna’s noble past lives on in its towers, churches and palaces and the interlocking piazzas and colonnades of blood-red brick, the colour of Bologna’s greatest gift to students everywhere - spaghetti Bolognese. 

Remarks

Train tickets, rail pass to Bologna : with Rail Europe enjoy a rail travel to Bologna. Travel by train in Europe with Rail Europe, your travel planner.

 
 

Italy - Florence

Don’t miss

In Renaissance Florence, see Botticelli masterpieces in the Uffizi Gallery on Piazza della Signoria and admire Michelango’s David sculpture in the Accademia. Climb the Duomo cathedral or cross Florence’s oldest bridge, Ponte Vecchio, to the Oltrarno district, home to Pitti Palace and Boboli Gardens. Close to Santa Maria Novella station is Basilica di San Lorenzo and its Michelangelo sculptures. 

Retail therapy

Buy vintage clothes and leather goods at San Lorenzo’s street market or find designer and antique gems in the jewellery shops lining Ponte Vecchio. High-end Italian labels cluster around Via Tornabuoni. For local crafts, head to San Frediano or Via Maggio in Florence’s Oltrarno neighbourhood city or shop for gifts in the Santa Croce area, close to Piazza della Signoria. 

Eat & drink

Florence is dotted with trattorias, osterias and cafes. Try traditional Tuscan dishes like bistecca alla Fiorentina, garlic-marinated steak, ribollita, hearty bean soup and the local white truffle. Tuscan wines are world-renowned from Montepulciano to classic Chianti. Florence’s Santo Spirito district is packed with eateries and don’t miss the ice cream parlours around Duomo. 

Hidden gem

In the basement of Salvatore Ferragamo’s flagship store on Via Tornabuoni is The Salvatore Ferragamo Shoe Museum, paying homage to the ’shoemaker to the stars’ with an eclectic collection of shoes, photos and books. 

Day trips

Take a day trip to picturesque Lucca with frequent trains to Florence. Set among majestic hills, hire a bike and cycle along the tree-lined path across the medieval city walls. 

Remarks

Train tickets, rail pass to Florence : with Rail Europe enjoy a rail travel to Florence. Travel by train in Europe with Rail Europe, your travel planner.

 
 

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