The Uffizi Gallery in Florence (photo © Gordon Bell / dreamstime.com).
Heading towards the Eternal City
The demise of the long-distance links to Rome is the direct result of the massively improved travel times due to Italy’s expanding high-speed rail network. It’s now possible to dash from Milan to Rome in less than three hours. In this route we offer a slow saunter through central Italy, a quiet and gentle journey which approaches Rome with the reverence she deserves. We start in Pisa, meander east through Tuscany and Umbria, then follow the Tiber Valley down to Rome.
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Whether you are making a long grand tour or just planning a couple of weekend breaks, Europe by Rail is the perfect guide. The book describes over 50 key routes in detail. Together, they span mainland Europe and – brand new for this 16th edition – now also the British Isles. Find out more about the guidebook below.