HISTORIC TRAIN TREATS VISITORS TO SPECTACULAR ITALIAN COUNTRYSIDE AND HERITAGE
Il Treno di Dante, connecting Florence and Ravenna through the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines, offers travellers a voyage through rural countryside, artistic cities and medieval towns
It follows in the footsteps of one of Italy’s most iconic writers, Dante Alighieri, who famously walked the route from Florence to Ravenna.
Il Treno di Dante offers a truly unique Italian experience for all types of travellers, not only those who love trains or Dante. Imagine a train that was built over 100 years ago, with wooden carved interiors in art nouveau style reflecting a bygone era of luxury train travel. This is what Il Treno di Dante is all about. Nicknamed the “100 Porte”, meaning 100 Doors, due to its many doors, it was formally used to carry soldiers, officers and captains during the Second World War, and even as a hospital for the wounded.
Today, the train runs 136 km between Florence and Ravenna, following in Dante Alighieri’s footsteps, the author of the Divine Comedy. During the voyage, passengers will be treated to spectacular sights while passing through scenic countryside with vineyards and olive groves stretching as far the eye can see. The train passes through the Apennine mountains before finishing in the rolling hills, farmland and orchards of Romagna.
It captures the historical, artistic and rural character of the places it goes through, as well as the rich cultural and natural heritage of their areas.While cutting through the Italian landscape, a steward will be there to provide information about the culture, art and history of each place the train passes. Passengers can choose whether to stay on board until they reach their destination or alight at one of the intermediate stations. There are also some longer stops, which allows travellers to disembark and visit villages, museums and castles.
The 2023 season will commence on April 8, with the first series of train trips taking place on Saturdays and Sundays until June 4. After this time, the second series of rides are scheduled to run from September 2 to November 1. There are only a handful of these trains left in Italy and they are considered an important testimony of the history of passenger transportation.
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