Traveling with a steam train is a fascinating experience. How many of us have dreamed of doing it? Because the image of the train that puffs are linked scenes of great passions consumed on elegant carriages, breathtaking spy-story, intricate yellow and mysterious disappearances.
But even if we were not accompanied by books and films, the thought of this slow-travel would be enough to make us dream: a journey in which the admiration of the landscape is the master. Also in Italy it is possible to travel on steam locomotives and the routes practiced by this means are particularly beautiful and interesting. Let’s see together which routes it is, from North to South.
In Lombardy the Blue Train runs in the territory of the Basso Sebino, on the border between Bergamo and Brescia , connecting Palazzolo sull’Oglioto Paratico and Sarnico on Lake Iseo. The railway section, closed for thirty years, was reopened in 1994, to be finally transformed into a historic tourist railway.
The locomotives that serve it are composed of beautiful vintage carriages, with all the charm of the original furnishings of the ’30s. Also, since the route runs along the river Oglio, you can combine the train path also a boat trip on Lake Iseo.
Also in Lombardy, to Milan , you can travel along the railway of the Sesia Valley , a historic is that for nearly 130 years connects the capital of Lombardy in Varallo Sesia . The charm of this historic train trip is expanded by the beauty of the landscape: along the river Sesia, the view is dominated by the beautiful complex of Monte Rosa .
Going down to Tuscany, another splendid journey on a steam train is the one that covers the route from Asciano to Monte Antico, a fraction of Civitella Paganico . The Val D’Orcia Railway , closed to the public service in 1994, has been revitalized thanks to the particular beauty of the territory it crosses: from the Crete Senesi to the foot of Mount Amiata.
Today these natural wonders can be admired traveling on steam locomotives and centoporte carriages, which owe their name to the structure that recalls the style of the stagecoaches, with many doors on the sides to favor the rapid ascent and descent of the many passengers that crowded them.
Passing from Abruzzo to Molise, we find the railway line that connects Sulmona to Isernia that, already by the name with which it is commonly known, is rightly included among the most spectacular routes: it is called Trans-Siberian in Italy because, crossing the Abruzzi, the panorama that can be admired for most of the journey is that of the snowy peaks of the Apennines.