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Itinerari panoramici in treno in Garfagnana
The most beautiful train rides in Tuscany
From the mountains to the sea: plenty of panoramic routes to enjoy the scenery

Savouring a holiday sometimes means giving up some modern comforts and embracing a slower pace. Take a regional train for a slow journey through Tuscany, gaze through the windows at the scenery while sitting next to locals.

Mountain towns, cypress-lined hills and the sea: these are just some of the breath-taking sights that pass before your eyes as you travel down the tracks. Relax and enjoy the most scenic train rides through Tuscany.

From Siena to Chiusi - Chianciano Terme
Treno Natura, Asciano
Treno Natura, Asciano

One of the most scenic train rides in Tuscany is the Siena - Chiusi Chianciano Terme line. Catch glimpses of the pretty towns, such as Asciano and Rapolano Terme in the Siena countryside. After Sinalunga and Torrita, we start to see the vineyards around Montepulciano, a destination for all wine lovers before reaching our final stop.

The distinctive Treno Natura runs from Siena to Chiusi at certain times of the year, accompanying tourists to food festivals and special events on vintage locomotives. Details and upcoming dates can be found here: terresiena.it/trenonatura

From Siena to Grosseto

Leaving Siena, the city of the Palio horse race, the regional train to Grosseto takes you through another part of Tuscany, which is crisscrossed by the Via Francigena. Along the way, you’ll see Monteroni d’Arbia, the walls of Buonconvento before entering the municipality of Civitella Paganico, in the Ombrone Valley. Before reaching Grosseto, the next stops are Sticciano, near Roccastrada, and Montepescali, which is also known as Balcone della Maremma (balcony of Maremma), due to its lovely situation.

In this instance too, steam or period train rides are organized at certain times of the year: terresiena.it/trenonatura

Ferrovia Porrettana
- Credit:  Marta Mancini

If you prefer to travel looking at the Appennino Tosco-Emiliano mountains, take the Tuscan section of the Porrettana train line, from Pistoia to Pracchia. Piteccio, Castagno and San Mommè are the stops seen through the window.

The Porrettana Express means that you can explore the Apennine towns and villages by taking a special historic train: porrettanaexpress.it

From Pisa to La Spezia

If the Tuscan coast appeals to you, take the Pisa - La Spezia line and explore the Versilia and Apuane Riviera. From the nature in the San Rossore Park, it’s time to see the area loved by composer Giacomo Puccini at Torre del Lago, followed by ViareggioPietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi. The last stops before moving into Liguria are Massa and Carrara.

From Pisa to Rome

The sea views are equally spectacular along the Pisa – Rome line as far as the Tuscan border town of Capalbio. In addition to stopping in Livorno, the train passes through Antignano and Quercianella, Castiglioncello, Rosignano, Vada, Cecina, Castagneto Carducci and Campiglia Marittima. The it heads into the Grosseto area, admiring the towns of Follonica, Montepescali, Grosseto, Albinia and Orbetello.

Another tip: to organize your journey, use Travel Planner from "Muoversi In Toscana"!

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