Italian viewpoint: Treno Natura, Val d’Orcia, Tuscany

If like me you love Tuscany, but want to experience it without the hordes of tourists that invade its northwestern province, head down to the south and get on board of the train called Treno Natura. This lovely steam train crossing the picturesque Val d’Orcia, captured by painters over the centuries and still captivating visitors now, will transport you back in time and take you on a very unique journey, completely immersed in nature.

What makes this rail journey special is not only the beauty of the lands crossed, but also because some vistas and perspectives can only be enjoyed aboard the train. In some stretches, there are no roads beside the rail tracks and only fields and flocks of sheep can be seen: time has really come to a stop and Treno Natura is the best way to access this awe-inspiring landscape.

Along the way, you will be able to get off at romantic stations and venture along foot trails to explore this land’s hidden treasures, like churches, towns and castles or stop off at a farm to taste authentic cuisine and also seize the opportunity to take part in local fairs and festivals.

I can’t think of a better way of exploring secret Tuscany than sitting back on this scenic railway. Every time you’ll discover something new and you’ll feel like a true time-traveller!

4 thoughts on “Italian viewpoint: Treno Natura, Val d’Orcia, Tuscany

    • Hi Gertrude, thanks for the lovely comment! If you are interested in that area of Tuscany, which I really recommend exploring, I have also written another article about it called ‘Maremma – the undiscovered Tuscany’. Let me know if you need any more info!

      • good morning Nicla
        would you please provide me with more information of this trip and whether its a one day trip or a stay over and if its all onboard of a train or what
        i am currently satying in florence and would like to discover more
        thanks dear

        • Hi Hatem, from Florence you need to go to Siena to board Treno Natura. Here’s a link which outlines a programme with itineraries and times: On certain dates, the steam train takes you around various villages and towns, where some local festivals are taking place. I think you get the chance to have a look around and take photos before boarding the train again, which should take you back to Siena. I would suggest staying overnight at Siena. I hope you enjoy your visit!

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