Country-wide event allows visitors to explore Italy’s forgotten railways

Now in its eighth year, the nationwide event ‘Giornata delle ferrovie dimenticate’ (‘Forgotten Railways Day’) returns on March 8th and brings visitors the opportunity to visit some of the places modern day Italy has left behind, with the country’s old railway tracks leading you on a trail of history and discovery.

Giornata delle ferovie dimenticate explore forgotten railways from holiday villas in Italy

Guided tours will be lead along several kilometres of track across many Italian regions including Piedmont, Lombardy, Tuscany, Puglia, Abruzzo and even Sicily and Sardinia, with the option to explore a hidden pocket of Italy by foot, bicycle, horseback or even trains specially commissioned for the event.

As well as being able to take in the tracks and the surroundings themselves, visitors will also be able to explore depots, tunnels and museums and attend lectures and screenings, giving visitors even more information about the stretch of history they have just travelled on.

Some of the ‘forgotten railways’ that visitors and tourists can explore on the day include the Sulmona-Carpinone and Avezzano-Roccasecca lines in picturesque, mountainous Abruzzo, the Tirrenia-Marina di Pisa line in glorious Tuscany, as well as the first ever Sardinian railway, which opened in 1865, journeying from Assemini to Capoterra, taking in some stunning island scenery along the way.

If you’re staying in one of our holiday villas in Italy and you’re looking for a way to immerse yourself both in history and in spectacular views of the surrounding countryside, this event is definitely for you!

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