On board historical trains to rediscover Italian provinces
A journey through time, along forgotten paths: on board historical trains slowly discovering the beauty and attractions of the most suggestive corners of Italy
The FS Italiane Foundation, thanks to the support of the FS Italiane Group, promotes travel on historic trains as a new trend for tourism throughout the country. A "slow" tourism in continuous growth and destined to expand, also taking into account the tourism vocation of the country.
According to data published on MiBACT, the growth of these forms of tourism is ca. 45% in the two-year period between 2016 and 2017 compared to the previous one and 130,000 tourists who decided to travel on a vintage train - are evidence of an ever-increasing demand for proposals related to soft mobility.
On the website of the Fondazione FS Italiane there is a comprehensive calendar of events: one of the most anticipated events is the traditional historical train that runs the "Italian Trans-Siberian" toward the traditional Christmas markets. For the occasion, from 30 November to 23 December 2018, every weekend, there will be two daily departures from the Sulmona station traveling aboard vintage carriages along the panoramic road that crosses the Apennines.
From the Italian Trans-Siberian to Sicily: few travellers know, for example, that the Valley of the Temples of Agrigento is crossed by a nineteenth-century track that stops a few meters from the temples of Magna Graecia and that you can travel it with a FS Fondazione historic Littorina train.
Among FS Italiane Foundation's flagship projects is Binari Senza Tempo (Timeless Tracks), of which MiBACT has been an associate member since 2015, started up to restore disused railway lines destined for historical-tourist train traffic. Set aside from the large railway hubs and the standard road routes, these old lines represent a sort of dynamic museum that the Foundation intends to preserve and enhance. The regions of Abruzzo, Campania, Lombardy, Friuli Venezia-Giulia, Molise, Piedmont, Tuscany, and Sicily have already decided to bet on these historic railway routes as the new tourist trends, including them in their respective financial projects.
A choice to enhance a way of doing tourism as promoted by the recent Strategic Tourism Plan 2017-2022 by inserting itself perfectly into the Digital Atlas of the Cammini d'Italia (Italian Pathways). In fact, the Binari Senza Tempo routes will appear in the Atlas with appropriate POIs (Point of Interests) marked in green - indicating all the junctions where it is possible to descend from a Pathway and board a train for a journey back through time.