In the footsteps of Dante by train between Tuscany and Emilia Romagna

700 years since Dante’s death

A slow journey, from Ravenna to Florence, between nature and culture.

2021 marks 700 years since Dante’s death. The “Supreme Poet”, as he’s often called in Italy, is considered the father of the Italian language. Moreover, his Divine Comedy is regarded as one of the greatest literary masterpieces of all time.
If you’re a slow traveller and an active holiday lover, Dante’s Way is the perfect itinerary for you. It will take you to the heart of the Tuscany-Romagna Apennines, and discover breathtaking scenery and Dante’s Territory. An initiative that responds to a new demand for experience-based tourism that appreciate the off-beaten path of Tuscany.
Dante’s train is a landmark in the green Mugello valley near Florence, the perfect spot for a genuine Holiday rental in Tuscany.
Travelling by train along the first Italian trans-Apennines railway the Faentina railway is by far the best option. A fantastic journey across the Apennines and Casentino’s beautiful natural landscapes, passing through delightful villages where time seems to have stopped.
Also an opportunity to discover the Mugello area and its hidden gems, including food and art. A local country house rental near Florence is a great opportunity for travellers to be hosted along the trail. Porcigliano Olive Grove, a vacation rental in the green Mugello valley near Florence, is the ideal spot.
It was inaugurated on April 23rd 1893: the new railway line was 101 km long and counted 30 galleries, 55 bridges and viaducts, 18 overpasses and 15 rail stations in between. The Faentina railway rises till 578 meters above the sea level and offers breathtaking views along the way.
But the real star of the trip is the landscape itself: old vineyards, olive trees, ancient farmhouses, wild woods of chestnut and beech, mule tracks, and, going downhill, hills covered in orchards. Here you’ll find the Regional Park of the Chalk Vein, and the Casentino Forests National Park.
The inauguration of ‘Dante’s Train’ will be on June 6th 2021with conductor Riccardo Muti onboard. It will then stop in Marradi in the Florence province where Muti will be conducting the Luigi Cherubini orchestra for the reopening of the Teatro degli Animosi.
The train will take visitors from Florence to Ravenna with stops in Borgo San Lorenzo and Marradi in Tuscany as well as Brisighella and Faenza in Emilia Romagna along the original “tracks” of the well-known poet.
On the way, you can stop at Porcigliano Olive Grove, the perfect Mugello house rental near Florence ideal for families and groups of friends. This accommodation seats on the itinerary and is only 30 minutes from Florence.

From July 3 to October 10, visitors will be able to use the historic carriages of the ‘centoporte’ train made available by Emilia-Romagna railways.