“Binari senza Tempo” (Timeless Tracks) is a recent project, thought up by FS Foundation to breathe new life in to 10 spectacular Italian routes thanks to an innovative tourist-oriented formula.
The project focuses on around 600 kilometres of underused track. These lines, which serve little or no purpose to commuter or freight transport, have great potential. One can journey across unique landscapes and discover little known areas, as yet unaffected by mass tourism.
Thanks to a law passed in 2017 on historic railways and promoted by the FS Foundation, these routes now enjoy protected status and are key to re-evaluating the areas they cross, creating an “open-air museum”, a “traveling museum” if you like, - revealing beautiful little towns and amazing landscapes to the onlooker.
The “Binari senza Tempo” project, is poised towards the future: by safeguarding these railways, one can promote hidden Italy and the concept of leisurely and sustainable tourism.
The ten routes re-claimed between 2014 and 2018 are:
|The Lake Railway||Palazzolo sull'Oglio - Paratico Sarnico||2014||10 km|
|The Val d'Orcia Railway||Asciano - Monte Antico||2014||51 km|
|The Italian Trans-Siberian Railway||Sulmona - Carpinone||2014||118 km|
|The Sicilian Temples Railway||Agrigento Bassa - Porto Empedocle Succursale||2014||12 km|
|The Valsesia Railway||Vignale - Varallo Sesia||2015||51 km|
|The Tanaro river Railway||Ceva - Ormea||2016||35 km|
|The Irpinia Railway||Avellino - Rocchetta S.Antonio Lacedonia||2016||119 km|
|The Samnite Railway||Benevento - Bosco Redole||2017||66 km|
|The Friuli foothills Railway||Sacile - Gemona del Friuli||2018||75 km|
|The Monferrato Railway||Asti - Castagnole delle Lanze - Nizza Monferrato||2018||45 km|