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Tuscany by train

creato da Antonio Aizza ultima modifica 20/06/2008 15:10

We step back in time and take an unforgettable journey by steam train through Tuscany's Val d'Orcia.

Treno NaturaIn 1994 the Siena-Asciano-Monte Antico railway line was, like many of Italy's non-profitable stretches of track, to be closed down. Fortunately however someone recognised the enormous tourist potential and the line stayed open.

Nowadays the Treno Natura ferries carriage-loads of wonder-struck tourists through one of the most breathtaking tracts of the Tuscan countryside. It is living proof of how these disused railways that wind their way through some of the most beautiful parts of Italy can reinvent themselves and breathe new life into the landscape they cross.

We recommend you take the train on any of the Sundays from May 12th to June 9th when the Val d'Orcia Railway Association has organised three departures from Siena (8:30, 11:15 and 15:45) on authentic vintage locomotives, complete with steam engine and old-style carriages. Prepare yourselves for an unforgettable journey back in time through the spectacular surrounds of central Tuscany.
Your trip will take you past Montalcino, home of the world-famous wine Brunello di Montalcino, through the changing colours of the crete - Siena's rolling clay hills - until you reach your destination at Monte Amiata.
The only downside? Getting into your car once more when the journey has drawn to a close.

Il Treno Natura - - A train journey through Siena's countryside (Italian only)
Val d'Orcia - - A brief and somewhat colourful description of the valley
Montalcino - - A short history plus places to stay
Map - - An interactive map of the valley

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