he Faentina Railway line offers us the chance to reach two great cities rich in art: Florence and Ravenna, which are united, respectively, by the birth and death of the great poet and to stop in Mugello and in the Lamone valley, where still unspoiled landscapes offer tourists particular itineraries on foot, by bicycle and by public and private means of transport.
Seven hundred years after the Poet’s death (1321), the Faentina railway and the connected itineraries allow you to get to know the places and characters he made immortal, among the historical, artistic and naturalistic beauties of this special land, full of suggestions.
The railway line allows us to uncover the lands of Dante: from the train station in San Piero a Sieve by bus, we reach Scarperia, Sant’Agata and the archaeological site of Montaccianico.
From the San Piero a Sieve station it is possible to reach also Galliano (Barberino di Mugello), a village founded by the Ubaldini, by public or private transport, and the territory of Firenzuola, where that important family built tens of castles and fortresses.
Continuing with the “Dante Train” you reach Borgo San Lorenzo and then the Ronta station, from which you reach Pulicciano; the railway then faces the most scenic and picturesque stretch through the Apennines, exiting the last tunnel in Crespino sul Lamone. From here you get to Biforco and Marradi, where the Rocca di Castiglionchio is, which belonged to Maghinardo Pagani; the train then continues towards Brisighella, Faenza and Ravenna.
Alternatively, from the Borgo San Lorenzo station you can continue by train to Florence with the line that runs along the Sieve river, touching the stations of Vicchio, -near Vespignano, Giotto’s birthplace-, and then Dicomano, with the nearby Etruscan archaeological site of Frascole.
From Dicomano, by bus or private means, you can reach San Godenzo and its Abbey.
Photo credits: Sara Fabbri