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.
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
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
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
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 Viareggio, Pietrasanta and Forte dei Marmi. The last stops before moving into Liguria are Massa and Carrara.
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"!