Travelling by Vintage Train

Is there anything more romantic than travelling by train in Italy? Yes, travelling by VINTAGE train! The Italian state railway foundation runs a project “Timeless railways” with excellent itineraries in Lombardy, Tuscany, Abruzzo and Sicily for those who want to travel at a slow pace in old restored steam and diesel trains.travelling by train in italyThe “Val D’Orcia Railway” Tuscany in will take you to the most picturesque area of the valley D’Orcia and Crete Senese along the track built in 1872. Thematic itineraries include travelling to food markets, folk festivals, truffle and chestnut fairs with stops in stunning towns and villages such as Siena, Mount Amiata, Buonconvento, San Giovanni D’Asso. Price: €20-35 depending on the route. See the train schedule here.The “Lake Railway” (“Ferrovia del Lago”) in Lombardy runs in different directions with one of the most popular routes going to the shores of Lago d’Iseo on a track built in the 19th century. The steam train routes vary depending on the season: in spring and summer the steam train departs from Milan Lambrate and goes all the way to Iseo, in autumn there are also itineraries to Piacenza, Cremona and and Trento for various food festivals and markets. Price: €25-35 depending on the route. See the train schedule here.

travelling by train in italyThe “Park Railway” (“Ferrovia del Parco”) in Abruzzo is the most scenic (ok, perhaps, I am biased as I live in Abruzzo!) of them all. Dubbed the “Trans-Siberian of Italy”, the train leaves from the town of Sulmona, crosses the stunning La Maiella National Park and climbs up to the Rivisondoli-Pescocostanzo station at an altitude of 1268 metres, the second highest train stop in the country after Brennero in Northern Italy. Price: €30-35 depending on the route. See the train schedule here.travelling by train in italyThe “Valley of Temples Railway” (“Ferrovia della Valle dei Templi”) in Sicily takes tourists to the ancient Greek temples near Agrigento. One of the stops is just metres away from the magnificent Temple of Volcano and near the stunning garden of Kolymbethra with spectacular views over the valley dotted with ancient ruins. Price: €20-30 depending on the route. For details on the upcoming itineraries follow this Facebook page.

For those of you who are curious about travelling by train in Italy I recommend checking out the calendar on the Italian state railway foundation’s website where you will find various other itineraries depending on the season.

Photos by:, Antonio Cinotti/Flickr, Le Rotaie/Facebook, Ferrovie Kaos/Facebook.

8 Responses
  • David
    December 2, 2015

    This is really cool! I would love to take the Val d’Orcia route, as I have spent a lot of time in that region and would love to see it by vintage train.

    • Green Holiday Italy
      December 2, 2015

      It is on my list too! There are some great themed itineraries in that area, The Nature train from Siena is one of them.

  • Evelyn
    December 2, 2015

    The Trans-Siberian of Italy sounds fantastic! I have never heard of any of these trains, thank you for the pointer.

  • vincent vanasco
    December 2, 2015

    Now this is great. Really want to do this.

  • karenincalabria
    December 3, 2015

    I agree with your Abruzzo assessment, although the train near the temples in Agrigento must be quite a site, too. There’s a vintage train association in Calabria that schedules trips on old steam trains as special events. Here’s their site:

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