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Nature train
The nature train passes through Tuscany in spring
An unconventional way to savor the uniqueness of Tuscany’s landscape, traditions and culture as people used to enjoy in the past

From April to December, you can discover the area of Siena thanks to countless ‘slow’ itineraries on a locomotive. This is the perfect means of transport to slowly savor the uniqueness of Tuscany’s landscape, traditions and culture as people used to do in the past.

Countryside around Asciano
Countryside around Asciano- Credit:  Luigi Torreggiani

The Nature Train allows tourists to appreciate uncommon itineraries, the beauty of the landscapes and to enjoy special events at each destination.

Each itinerary, in fact, is combined with fairs, festivals, exhibitions, markets and initiatives, which aim to make you discover the excellent local foods and the extraordinary artistic and cultural heritage of the province of Siena.

This journey is perfect both for Italian and foreign guests, in particular families with children. The trip takes place on a vintage steam train, which brings visitors into the territories of Crete Senesi, Val d’Orcia and Monte Amiata, making stops at the traditional festivals dedicated to truffles, mushrooms, olive oil, wine, chestnuts and cheese.

Reservation is compulsory.

If you check out the 2020 program, you’ll find that the first ride is scheduled on March 29 from Grosseto to San Giovanni d'Asso where is held the spring truffle fair "Mostra Mercato del Tartufo Marzuolo".

On April 13 the Nature train departs from Asciano and stop in Buonconvento, where you can enjoy the antiques market throughout the streets. There you can visit the museo d’Arte Sacra (museum of sacred art) and the museo della mezzadria (sharecrop museum). Along this journey you can admire the Val d’OrciaUnesco World Heritage Site since 2004, the hills of the Brunello di Montalcino wine and the Crete Senesi.

On April 25 the journey will take you to Monte Antico and and then (by bus) to Castiglione d'Orcia. On the next day, the destination will be San Quirico d’Orcia where the Orcia wine festival takes place every year.

On May 1 you can spend a very pleasant labor day at the traditional festival of Sant’Angelo Scalo, surrounded by music, market stands and good food. Folk bands will perform in the afternoon along the streets, where an outdoor country market will be set up.

On May 10 you will travel across Val d’Arbia and Valle dell’Ombrone. The tour will bring you to a special event scheduled in Asciano, with food specialities like the pecorino cheese from the Crete and the precious local honey. Stands will display the renowned typical products along the main street in a special edition of the Crete’s market. There you can also visit the Museo di Arte Sacra, the Museo Etrusco and the Museo Cassioli. 

On May 17 in occasion of the train fest and its market, the tour touches Torrenieri, an old village along the Via Francigena.

On June 2, the train will stop in Trequanda where you can go trekking in the Crete Senesi with a guide. 

Information and Booking: terresiena.it

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