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Old steam engine trains in Tuscany

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.


Old steam engine trains in TuscanyIn 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.

STEAM ENGINE IN TUSCANY
MUGELLO : From Toscana to Romagna

The most picturesque stretch in steady ascent (at some points at 26‰) for the Faentina starts from Borgo San Lorenzo.
Leaving the station, the train plunges into an open landscape among fields of wheat, soya beans and sunflowers. The scene becomes more and more suggestive: old vine-yards and olive groves, thousand year-old parish churches, ancient farmhouses, and geometrical shaped vegetable gardens accompany the traveller as far as Ronta station, the last centre of the valley before facing the Apennines.
The two “Faentine”, the main road and the railway, now separate; the first will face the Passo della Colla di Casaglia, the railway enters into the heart of the mountain in a succession almost continuous tunnels and rail bridges. During the short moments out of the tunnels, the traveller can catch a glimpse of an isolated and wild territory, among chestnut woods first and beechtree woods after. The traveller can see paths and old mule-tracks, old ruins and numerous railwaymen’s cottages along the line.
A short while after the stop at Fornello, where there are neither houses nor roads, the track enters the great Apennines or Allocchi tunnel which at mid-way (about 1800metres) reaches the height of the Pass which is at 578.38 metres above sea level. Then the descent towards Romagna starts and the traveller will then meet the stations of Crespino sul Lamone and Marradi which is the town of the poet Dino Campana.
After passing the big station with a vast service area and about ten railway tracks, the line starts descending towards the Romagna plain. The view is excellent; villas, medieval castles and the landscape which from mountaneous becomes hilly with orchards of peach trees and cherry trees which become clouds of flowers in the springtime. The train then reaches the well-known medieval city Brisighella and after ten kilometers it ends its route at Faenza, rejoining to the Adriatic line Bologna-Ancona.
In 1921 the section Faenza-Russi was inaugurated and since then it is possible (in some cases without changing train) to reach the magnificient city of Ravenna, the following station in Classe and all the Adriatic Riviera.


Barberino di Mugello: discover the surroundings

  • Mugello Mugello
    Mugello is only few kilometres from Florence and we can find traces of history worthy of a great European capital.
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  • Vernio Vernio (9 km)
    Set amid green mountains rich in water and cool holiday resorts, the municipality of Vernio is the right place to take a break from pollution and noise and enjoy the silence of nature.
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  • Scarperia Scarperia (10 km)
    Scarperia became the seat of the Vicariate, the representative of the administrative and judicial power of Florence.
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  • Vaiano Vaiano (10 km)
    Vaiano it is the most important town in the valley. The most important building is the Badia di S.Salvatore located in the center of the town
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  • Cantagallo Cantagallo (11 km)
    Situated at the sources of the Bisenzio river, amid the Tusco-Emilian Apennines, the medieval village of Cantagallo is an excellent base from which to explore the nearby mountains, climbing panoramic footpaths.
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  • Borgo San Lorenzo Borgo San Lorenzo (13 km)
    Borgo San Lorenzo which is the most important centre of the Mugello, rises at the widest part of the Sieve Valley.
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  • Prato Prato (18 km)
    Prato, a comune square, made at the end of the thirtieth century at the crossroad of two main roads, is the ideal and geometrical centre of the town.
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  • Travel Prato Travel Prato (18 km)
    Prato and its surroundings are ideal destinations for tourists, especially young people looking for a vacation of study and intelligent entertainment.
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  • Montemurlo Montemurlo (18 km)
    The Fortress dominates the center of a beautiful park. It is a strong building made of "alberese"stone in quadrangular form.
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  • Fiesole Fiesole (22 km)
    Fiesole, 300 m. in altitude in the main Piazza Mino, is not far from the centre of Florence only 5 Km. The landscape is dotted with olive trees, cypresses, from spots of forest and from houses and villas.
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  • Travel in Florence Travel in Florence (25 km)
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  • Florence churches and cathedrals Florence churches and cathedrals (25 km)
    Visit Florence and its churches and cathedrals.
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  • Florence monuments Florence monuments (25 km)
    Visit Florence monuments : Palazzo Vecchio and Piazza della Signoria, Boboli gardens, Piazzale Michelangelo.
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  • Florence museums Florence museums (25 km)
    Visit Florence and its museums : Uffizi gallery, Museo Nazionale del Bargello, Botanical Gardens.
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  • Florence by Bus Florence by Bus (25 km)
    The Ataf tourism project “Itinerari”, the first in the world with these characteristics, was created in order to promote new exploration of the city with unusual destinations and stories.
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  • Trebbio castle Trebbio castle (25 km)
    Trebbio castle in Florence was built on the ruins of an earlier feudal fortress by Michelozzo Michelozzi at the request of Cosimo de' Medici.
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Accommodations in the area


    • Bagno a Ripoli (Florence)
    • 44 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Villa Valdarno 12 beds

    Villa Valdarno is a typical Tuscan farmhouse located in a secluded and peaceful area in the heart of the Tuscan countryside, among vineyards and olive groves, and enjoys a privileged panoramic view of the Florentine Valdarno.
    The ideal solution for groups of friends or acquaintances who wish to spend their holidays in Tuscany with the comforts of a detached villa with swimming pool and large garden.

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    • Greve in Chianti (Florence)
    • 50 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Villa Chianti 7 beds

    Villa Chianti is a private villa for rent in Chianti area with pool and garden that can accommodate up to 7 people.
    An oasis of peace and tranquility with views of the Chianti valleys not far from the main tourist attractions of Tuscany.

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    • Lucca (Lucca)
    • 55 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Historic Villa Lucca 12 beds pool

    Historic villa 14 km from the center of Lucca immersed in the green of the Tuscan vineyards and olive groves, it has a private swimming pool and a large park.
    Set on 350 square meters in a dominant position offers a unique view of the hills of Tuscany.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 73 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Charming villa Tuscany coast 14 beds pool

    Eighteenth-century villa located in a picturesque area of the Tuscan hills at the foot of the Apuan Alps, the villa has a park with swimming pool and tennis court.
    The spacious suites of the villa embellished with charming details and enhanced by modern comforts will make your stay an unforgettable experience.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 73 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Villa Camaiore Hills 10 beds pool

    Villa located 3 km from the center of Camaiore in a quiet and sunny position 10 km from Tuscan sea.
    Ideal for those looking for a villa accommodation on the hills of Versilia a few miles from Tuscan sea.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 73 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Stone Farmhouse Massarosa 8 beds pool

    Stone farmhouse in typical Tuscan style skilfully and elegantly renovated in a dominant position on the hills of Massarosa with spectacular views that reach the sea of Tuscany. The farmhouse has a swimming pool with whirlpool.
    Perfect solution for those that search the real authentic Tuscany staying in the hills but not far from the Versilia sea.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 73 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Villa Prato di Sopra Camaiore 10 beds pool

    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.
    This villa is really some thing special, perched on the top of a hill the views are endlessly breath taking.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 73 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Villa Pieve di Camaiore 8 beds pool

    Luxury and charming villa with swimming pool for rent surrounded by the green hills of Camaiore not far from the sea of the Tuscan coast.
    The villa is ideal for those looking for an oasis of absolute peace and relaxation guaranteed by the elevated position and the external fence in style.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 74 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Villa Camaiore Hills 7 beds pool

    Wonderful villa with swimming pool surrounded by greenery, tranquility and privacy of the Pieve di Camaiore about 10 km from the sea of the Tuscan coast.
    The villa has all the comforts necessary to ensure an unforgettable stay in Tuscany and is the ideal solution for small groups up to 7 people who want to stay in the countryside but not far from the sea of Versilia.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 74 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Restored Farmhouse Camaiore 9 beds pool

    Beautiful fully restored farmhouse located on the hills of Camaiore. The villa is surrounded by a park of 2500 square meters in which is inserted the beautiful pool.
    Thanks to the dominant position on the valley from the farmhouse you can enjoy a beautiful 360 ° panoramic view.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 75 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Countryhouse Camaiore 16 beds pool

    Ancient and charming country house located in Camaiore on the Tuscan hills and just 10 km from the sea of Versilia.
    The villa is the ideal solution for those looking for a solution of typical Tuscan charm and in a position of absolute tranquility and relaxation.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 75 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Farmhouse Massarosa 14 beds pool

    Beautiful ancient Tuscan farmhouse completely renovated located on Tuscan hills 10 km from the golf course of Versilia. The villa can accommodate up to 14 people.
    An oasis of peace for those looking for a stay in the Tuscan hills while staying close to the sea. Perfect for a relaxing holiday in close contact with nature.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 77 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Villa Camaiore Hills 10 beds pool

    Prestigious villa for rent on the Hills of Camaiore with a unique position and a panoramic view that extends from the surrounding hills to the sea of Versilia.
    The large park in which the beautiful panoramic pool is expertly set gives this exclusive residence a characteristic of absolute privacy and relaxation.

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    • Camaiore (Lucca)
    • 77 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Villa Camaiore Hills 6 beds pool

    Charming villa for rent on the hills of Camaiore surrounded by beautiful Mediterranean vegetation with three rooms for a total of 6 beds.
    The spectacular view of the surrounding hills and Camaiore from the garden and the swimming pool make this villa particularly interesting for those looking for a solution to relax in absolute privacy.

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    • Massarosa (Lucca)
    • 77 km from Barberino di Mugello

    Villa Massarosa 10 beds pool

    Beautiful and spacious villa in the countryside located in the hills of Versilia, 3 km from the golden beaches of the Tuscan coast with private pool and park.
    Perfect solution to stay in the green hills of Tuscany, 3 km from the golden beaches of Versilia

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