In Tuscany old steam engine trains are still in function and aim combining the discover of history with the discovery of the region and its beautiful landscapes. It also aim to offer the opportunity of traveling slow following the principles of sustainable tourism.
Traveling on a slow steam engine train takes you back in time, when travel was still an adventure. It gives the opportunity to slowly find hidden places and taste their true essence. Visiting Tuscany by steam train is an endless discovery of this beautiful Italian region that has so much to offer.
An appealing region in Tuscany, not so well-know, is Mugello that stretches in the northern province of Florence. There many towns, villages and places worth to be visited. The Mugello steam engine train departs from Santa Maria Novella train Station in Florence and arrives in Borgo San Lorenzo. It stops in small and characteristic train stations such as Fiesole-Caldine, Montorsoli, Cercina and Fontebuona, just to name a few. The locomotive takes about one hour and half to make the itinerary giving the opportunity to admire the beautiful landscapes in Mugello.
The steam engine train in Mugello runs on special occasion, such as festivals and other events. Every fall the locomotive runs in occasion of the Marradi Chestnust Festival in October.
Another fascinating steam engine train in Tuscany is Trenonatura that runs through beautiful Siena landscapes. The old locomotive goes steaming across green, yellow and red colors that characterize these beautiful area. The train is scheduled all year long and has many different thematic itineraries in Valdorcia as well as in other destinations in Tuscany.
Old steam engine trains are certainly a great transportation to discover Tuscany by traveling slowly appreciating the hidden beauties of this region in Italy.