Beautiful Tuscany on a steam train

 

It’s truly an experience to climb into one of the old so-called “Centoporte” (wagons with a hundred doors) pulled by an authentic steam locomotive, these “smoldering giants” that our ancestors traveled with and with the familiar sound of the whistle, puffing and screeching in the background.The routes are many and go beyond the beaten track on disused rail lines through the beautiful countryside south of Siena. It’s possible to hike from the small stations to reach ancient rural churches, tiny medieval villages and castles, stopping at a farm for tasting and experiencing one of the many traditional local feasts, often with a gastronomic theme.The tours last one day and start from Siena. They are all scheduled on days when there are some nice local event near where the train goes past, such as a local feast. Where necessary, there will be a shuttle bus between the station and the place for the event.

 

Program for groups of minimum 8 pers with truffle train and Chianti wine

Thu.: On the arrival at the airport of Florence a minivan will be waiting for a transfer to Siena that is an elegant and charming medieval city  with streets and buildings preserved from the 12th and13th centuries. Check in at a central 3* hotel.

Fri.: Tuscany is very famous for its excellent wines and one of the most famous wine districts is Chianti. A minibus will pick you up for a trip to southern Chianti and a visit a beautifully located vineyard. You will participate in the tour of the wine cellars and learn all about the wine production. Wine tasting and a rustic lunch with local specialities will be served on the terrace before returning to Siena.
We can also book an English speaking guide in Siena for a walking sightseeing tour.

Sat.: Today it’s time to go on board the steam train with its impressive locomotive that will take you to the truffle grounds in souther Tuscany. The steam train departs from Siena at 9.45 am and arrives after about 1 1/2 hours to Monte Antico for maneuvers and water filling. The journey then continues through the Val d’Orcia valley and the beautiful Crete Senesi before the arrival toSan Giovanni d’Asso, that has its own truffle museum located in the castle from the 12th century. Free visit of the 14:th annual truffle market that takes place in the castle. Along the streets of the small village there will be various stalls with typical products and local handicraft and street artists walking around. Lunch in restaurant or among the truffle stalls. At 17.00 o’clock the train goes back to Siena.

Sun.: Transfer with minivan to the airport of Florence.


The same program can be done with the other train destinations! Reservation in advance is obligatory for the steam trains.

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