Timeless Tracks

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A second youth for the italian historic railways

“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:

Nome Linea Riattivazione Lunghezza
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