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RIGHT DOWN The Line

Valentina Nicastro heads off the beaten track to the little-known Italian Trans-Siberian vintage railway
The Italian Trans- Siberian railway has been revived by a non-profit organization called Le Rotaie
Images by Valentina Nicastro

The Italian Trans-Siberian train line connects Sulmona, the confetti capital of Abruzzo, with the lacemaking centre of Isernia in Molise

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been fascinated by rail tracks and roaring engines, so you can imagine my excitement when the search for unexplored trails and off-the-beaten-path places in my homeland recently brought me aboard a special vintage train called the ‘Italian Trans-Siberian’.

Snaking through an unspoiled landscape of mountains, forests and narrow gorges resembling the legendary Moscow-Vladivostok route (hence the name), this historic train crosses the regions of Abruzzo and Molise along a path of 128 kilometres that was once part of the national railway network and today is one of Italy’s most surprising tourist attractions.

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About Italia!

We begin on the heel of Italy this month, where a return visit to Puglia is both a trip down memory lane and a voyage of discovery, exploring places like Ostuni, Locorotondo, Lecce and, of course, Alberobello. Venice after dark is our next adventure, when a night walk through the city reveals the ghostly secrets of days gone by. Hop on the Italian ‘Trans-Siberian Express’ for a journey through Abruzzo and Molise, and in this month of remembrance we pay tribute with the story of Monte Cassino, one of the Second World War’s most tragic battles.