“Trenonatura” across the beautiful Val d’Orcia

“Blessed are the railways!” reads a book from the second half of the 1800s that describes part of the itinerary covered today by “Trenonatura”, a wonderful tourist train on the Asciano-Monte Antico line, between all the wonders of art and nature in the Orcia Valley (Val d’Orcia), in the province of Siena.

As you might expect, the book goes on to celebrate the “magnificent and progressive fate” of trains – the most popular public transportation of all times and the “most powerful [instrument] for the development of trade, culture and brotherhood between people”.

Such unconditional and positive faith in the future led the author to state, “Progress will go on, and we will go on building railways” (translated from G. Losi, “Viaggio in strada ferrata da Asciano a Grosseto”, Siena 1873)… but today, we know that “progress” would explore many other directions, with cars on newly paved streets and airplanes in the air becoming trains’ main competition.

Regular service on the Asciano-Monte Antico line stopped in 1994. But luckily those 51 kilometers of railway were never really deserted, and immediately turned into a panoramic itinerary visitors can enjoy aboard an antique steam train.

And that, for sure, is great progress.

Photos via: ©www.terresiena.it, ©Antonio Cinotti

Trenonatura, Asciano-Monte Antico, Val d'Orcia, SienaTrenonatura, Asciano-Monte Antico, Val d'Orcia, SienaTrenonatura, Asciano-Monte Antico, Val d'Orcia, SienaTrenonatura, Asciano-Monte Antico, Val d'Orcia, SienaTrenonatura, Asciano-Monte Antico, Val d'Orcia, SienaTrenonatura, Asciano-Monte Antico, Val d'Orcia, SienaTrenonatura, Asciano-Monte Antico, Val d'Orcia, SienaTrenonatura, Asciano-Monte Antico, Val d'Orcia, SienaTrenonatura, Asciano-Monte Antico, Val d'Orcia, SienaTrenonatura, Asciano-Monte Antico, Val d'Orcia, SienaTrenonatura, Asciano-Monte Antico, Val d'Orcia, Siena

“Trenonatura” across the beautiful Val d’Orcia

Siena
Siena- Monta Antico-Asciano-Siena
+39 0577 280551
+39 0577 270676

WEEKLY POSTCARD

Most Read

Røst Milano: authentic flavors

by Barbara PalladinoRøst is the story of a journey that starts from the very name of the restaurant – an homage to...

Under the starry sky of Val Gardena

by Barbara Palladino A wonderful night in a mountain hut, surrounded by one of the most beautiful landscapes in...

Manifattura Tabacchi: new urban Renaissance

by Barbara PalladinoManifattura Tabacchi is a rationalist industrial complex inaugurated in 1940, opposite the Parco delle Cascine (Cascine Park) in Florence. Once...

Gucci Garden: fashion, luxury and wonder

by Barbara PalladinoLocated in Palazzo della Mercanzia, at the very heart of Florence, Gucci Garden straddles reality and the imagination, summing up...