Cathedral in Siena (photo © Stevanzz / dreamstime.com)
By train from Verona to Rome
Be warned! One can overdose on culture. It’s not compulsory to see every painting in the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, nor is it necessary to explore every back alley in Siena. A little goes a long way in Tuscany. Bear in mind that the fact there is no conspicuous queue outside a church or art gallery does not mean that there is nothing worth seeing inside. So let’s set off on a journey through green hills, striped with olive groves and vineyards, stopping off at historic towns and cities overflowing with Renaissance art and architecture.
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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.