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Traveling slowly by train in Tuscany

Following an Alternative Itinerary

In Tuscany, there is still the possibility to enjoy the scenery in an old fashioned steam engine pulled train, where you can sit back and discover history while chugging through the region and its beautiful landscapes. An initiative of sustainable tourism, these trains slowly meander through the picturesque hills of Tuscany taking you to explore little towns and their gastronomic festivals.  

The organization F.T.I. (Touristic Train Travel) is a volunteer association that promotes and keeps alive the "culture" of train travel by offering itineraries using old (and sometimes no longer in use) train routes and antique engines and cars to transport you not just to a quaint small town - but to another time when  travel was an adventure of a differet type. It gives the opportunity to find hidden places and taste their true essence at another pace, one without a GPS and fast moving traffic. Visiting Tuscany by steam train is an endless discovery of this beautiful Italian region that has so much to offer.

Steam Engine Travel in Tuscany

Every year the trains pull up to the train tracks in Siena, Grosseto, and the area of Pistoia, Florence and Marradi all located the region of Tuscany, waiting to load its passengers and at a leisurely pace, wind its way through the enchanting landscapes.  Each itinerary is combined not only with the colors of the seasons but also with a small town and a special celebrations such as truffles, olive oil, chestnuts and more. 

An Appointment with Roasting Chestnuts 

The area of Mugello that stretches in the northern province of Florence sets the stage for the one and only steam engine train ride through Pistoia, Florence, Pontasienve and Marradi. There many towns, villages and places worth to be visited. The Mugello steam engine train departs from Pisotia, where you can watch as it literally gathers steam and makes its way through the city of Florence.  The locomotive takes about one hour and half to make the itinerary giving the opportunity to admire the beautiful landscapes in Mugello before it comes to its final destination in Marrdi for the occasion of the Marradi Chestnust Festival in October.  Click here for the calendar, and remember to make your reservations in advance.

Steam Engine Train in Tuscany at Marradi Chestnut festival

Further South to Savor Truffles and More

Another fascinating steam engine train in Tuscany runs through beautiful Siena landscapes. The old locomotive goes steaming across multicolored hills, forests, fields of grain and sunflowers. The train is scheduled all year long and has many different thematic itineraries in Valdorcia and Grosetto.  Each trip features a beautiful restored town in the area and either a food festival or sagra, or some even feature itineraries that highlight the history of the peoples that once populated the area: the Etruscans.

Click here to see a full calendar for the 2016 trains.


Author: Donna Scharnagl

It has been over 24 years since I took my first steps in Italy and I still haven’t found a good reason to leave.  Between the food, the culture, the history, the art, the landscapes … did I mention the food? I have become a lifelong student. And I soon learned that Italians all have stories that long to be told; stories that paint a picture of how hard work produces character, how life is made of ups and downs and how good it feels to laugh.



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