Route: London Paris Milan Venice Florence Rome Turin Paris London
Countries Visited: 2
Transport: Train. Includes transport from your nearest UK station to and from London on the same day as your departure and arrival back into the UK
Sustainability: This trip only creates 122kg of carbon emissions. Flying the same route would create 821kg ♻️
Reviews: All independent reviews
Fancy getting to see Italy’s biggest cities all in the space of two weeks, with Paris thrown in for good measure? With the Italian Escape, we’ll take you all the way there from the UK and back by rail so you won’t have to worry about arranging any flights!
Embark on your Italian Escape that begins right from your local UK train station, with complimentary travel to London included on your Interrail pass! After you set off from London you’ll enjoy a brief interlude in the captivating city of Paris, offering you the opportunity to wake up to breathtaking views of the City of Lights. Stroll through the Bohemian artist community of Montmartre, savor the charm of quaint red-canopied cafes, and explore iconic landmarks such as the Louvre, the Arc de Triomphe, and, of course, the Eiffel Tower.
Next, you’ll board a train to the fashion-forward metropolis of Milan. Upon your arrival in Milan you’ll be welcomed by the stunning Duomo, and if you have time to spare, indulge in a leisurely shopping experience in the city renowned for its style.
Venice, the city of canals, awaits with its unique charm and iconic waterways. Glide through the Grand Canal on a vaporetto or savor a gondola ride through the city’s enchanting labyrinth of medieval streets. Wander through the charming backstreets and enjoy getting splendidly lost before you continue to the beautiful city of Florence.
Next up, Florence, the birthplace of the Italian Renaissance. As you explore the city, you’ll be immersed in a haven of creative inspiration. When you’re ready for a change of pace, venture into the lush vineyards of Tuscany for an unforgettable afternoon of wine-tasting under the Mediterranean sun.
Your next destination is the eternal city of Rome. Marvel at the Colosseum, make a wish at the Trevi Fountain, and wander through the historic Castel Sant’Angelo. When night falls, the city comes to life, offering a vibrant nightlife scene with unique clubs and jazz bars for an unforgettable evening.
From Rome, you’ll head to the magnificent and often over-looked Turin. Enjoy the cosmopolitan delights of this city known for its rich history and cultural treasures. Explore Turin’s art, architecture, and vibrant atmosphere before heading to Paris for one additional night. See anything you missed the first time around before finally returning to London on the Eurostar.
Remember that you can travel back from London to your nearest UK station for free using your Interrail pass, allowing you to relax and start planning your next remarkable adventure!
London may be huge, but Central London can be walked all over, from the quirky pop-up stalls of the south bank to the glitz of the West End and out to Hyde Park. The buzzing cosmopolitan nature of the city probably makes it the most culturally diverse in the world.
Train to Paris – 4 hours
Your first night in Paris is only a quick pit-stop, but don’t worry, you’ll be back for 2 nights at the end of your trip and will have plenty of time to make the most of this beautiful city.
Check out the Eiffel Tower of course
Take a leisurely cruise along the Seine and marvel at the views
Train to Milan – 7 hours
Milan is cosmopolitan and fast-paced, a beacon of Western fashion with an addiction to culture as much as clothes. The world-acclaimed La Scala Opera House sits here, as does Leonardo da Vinci’s famous The Last Supper on the wall of Santa Maria Delle Grazie Basilica.
Visit the vast 14th century cathedral
Get (window) shopping at Europe’s fashion capital
See a performance at the famous La Scala Opera
Train to Venice – 2.5 hours
Venice is nothing short of unique, built on mudbanks in the lagoon, having forgone the convenience of cars for the charisma of canals. Getting lost in Venice is part of the fun, and if you’re on foot you’ll only find small backstreets or large piazzas, not a single road in sight.
Cross the iconic St Mark’s Square
Get lost in the alleyways and canals of the city
Ride the vaporetto down the grand canal
Train to Rome – 4 hours
Home to endless culture, stunning architecture and buzzing nightlife, Rome is one of the classic quintessentially European hubs to tick off your travel checklist. Take in the unreal food, fascinating culture, laidback lifestyle and experience it all!
Marvel at the ruins of the Roman Forum
See the world-famous Colosseum
Try real Italian coffee, ice-cream and pizza
Train to Florence – 2 hours
If you are touring the big cities of Europe and want to escape to the countryside, then the capital of Tuscany is one of the easiest places to do it from. Not that you’d want to of course once you are seduced by the birthplace of Renaissance art and architecture.
See Michelangelo’s statue of David
Explore countless Renaissance chapels and churches
Eat any number of fun flavours of exquisite ice-cream and gelato
Train to Turin – 4 hours
Turin, nestled in the picturesque Piedmont region of northern Italy, is a city where history, culture, and innovation seamlessly blend. This Italian gem boasts an exquisite Baroque heritage, evident in architectural marvels like the Palazzo Reale, and is renowned as the home of the iconic Shroud of Turin.
Immerse yourself in Turin’s royal history and opulent art collections at the Royal Palace
Try regional specialties like agnolotti pasta and bollito misto for a taste of the Piedmont region
Explore one of the most significant Egyptian museums outside of Cairo
Train to Paris – 6 hours
Head back to Paris for one final night, giving you a chance to see anything you missed the first time around!
Highlights you might have missed
Catacombes de Paris – descend into the underground catacombs beneath the city
Montparnasse Tower, often overshadowed by the Eiffel Tower, offers equally spectacular views of Paris without the long queues, making it a great alternative for panoramic cityscapes
Known as the “most colorful street in Paris,” Rue Crémieux is a car-free lane lined with pastel-hued houses
Train to London – 2.5 hours
End your trip back in the English capital – if you didn’t get chance at the start of your tour, make sure you spend time here and check out one of the most vibrant cities in Europe!
See some world-famous landmarks
Watch a show at one of many West End Theatres
Experience the quirky nightlife of Soho
All you need to do is make your way to and from London and we’ll take care of the rest! You can use your Interrail pass to travel for free from your nearest UK station to and from London on the same day as departure and arrival – easy!