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  • Treno di Dante

    By Anthony Parente

    Trano di Dante
    © Treno di Dante
    Take a step back in time on a vintage train that traces Dante Alighieri's, the Father of the Italian Language, footsteps from Florence, his birthplace in 1265, to Ravenna where he died in 1321. The journey takes place every Saturday and Sunday from June 4th to November 1st.

    The vintage Centoporte (100 doors) train was built over a century ago and is a symbol of Italian railway history. It was modelled from stagecoaches of the early 20th century and the interior is lined in wood. There are only a handful of these trains left and they are only used for special occasions. The vintage train is a perfect way to enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience.

    Your 136 km (84.5 miles) journey will start in Florence where you will board the Centoporte train at the Santa Maria Novella (SMN) Train Station. The train will travel through the beautiful rolling hills of the Tuscan-Romagna Apennines at a low speed allowing you to enjoy the scenery. The train includes a steward who will enhance your journey with information on the art, culture, and history of the places you will travel through. It will make stops along the way at the towns of Borgo San Lorenzo, Marradi, Brisighella and Faenza before ending in the town of Ravenna. On Saturdays the trip will take approximately 4 hours and 30 minutes to get from Florence to Ravenna. The train will make a stop for 1 hour and 30 minutes in Brisighella or Faenza alternating each weekend. On Sundays the trip will take 3 hours as the train only makes stops at each location for boarding and alighting.

    While in Ravenna you can visit the Basilica of Saint Francis and Dante's tomb, which is located just outside the basilica. This is considered a national monument and is an area of respect and silence called the zona dantesca (Dante's area).

    Your ticket has added value as you can visit castles, museums, palaces, and theatres for free and get discounts at restaurants and trattorias along the way. This benefit is available anytime between June 4th and November 1st.

    For additional information including tickets, departure times and special offers provided with the ticket please visit the Treno di Dante website.

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