All Aboard the Historical Trains of Taste
If you’re looking to embark on a unique adventure in Sicily this year, look no further than the “Historic Trains of Taste” project. Building on its immense success last year, with over 10 thousand visitors, this initiative is back with a fresh edition. It offers a distinctive way to experience Sicily, allowing you to see the island through the windows of vintage trains. But it’s not just about the train ride; it’s an immersive experience where you can savor flavors in danger of extinction and explore historic gems like villages, castles, archaeological sites, parks, oases, and nature reserves. This project is a collaboration between the Ferrovie dello Stato Foundation and Slow Food Sicily, made possible through the support and promotion of the Department of Tourism, Sport, and Entertainment of the Sicilian Region.
A Unique Sicilian Journey
The “Historical Trains of Taste” program in Sicily runs from August to December, offering 51 opportunities to traverse some of the most breathtaking railway routes on the island. The adventure commenced on August 12th and will continue until December 10th, 2023.
One unique feature of this year’s edition is the inclusion of a specially equipped luggage compartment designed to transport up to 50 bicycles per route. This addition encourages travelers to explore the fascinating spots along the way, promoting train and bike mobility.
What’s even more exciting is that the tickets for 2023 have been set at an incredibly affordable price of just 2 euros each way, making this experience accessible to everyone. You can purchase your tickets through Trenitalia sales channels or on board the train while seats are available.
Explore Sicily’s Wonders
The historical train routes will connect major urban centers such as Palermo, Syracuse, Agrigento, Messina, Caltanissetta, and Trapani to cultural and scenic treasures like Cefalù, Modica, Ragusa, Tusa, Porto Empedocle, and Castelvetrano. Each journey isn’t merely a ride between stations; it’s a full immersion in the history and soul of Sicily. You’ll also have the opportunity to take part in guided visits and excursions related to each route.
Here’s a glimpse of the upcoming appointments for the “Historical Trains of Taste” for your Sicilian tours
- Train of the Sea and Ancient Civilizations: Palermo – Castelvetrano: September 24th, 30th, October 1st
- Art Train: Palermo – Tusa: September 24th, October 15th, 21st
- Star Train: Palermo – Roccapalumba Alia: October 1st
- Oil and Magna Grecia Train: Palermo/Trapani – Castelvetrano: October 8th, 22nd from Palermo, October 29th from Trapani
- Pistachio Train: Syracuse/Messina – Giarre (Circumetnea): October 14th from Syracuse, December 2nd from Messina
- Ceramics Train: Syracuse – Caltagirone: November 19th
- Norman Train: Messina – Cefalu: November 26th
- Ortigia Train: Messina – Syracuse: December 3rd
- Chocolate Train: Syracuse /Caltanissetta – Modica: December 9th (evening) from Syracuse, December 10th from Syracuse, December 10th from Caltanissetta
In conclusion, the “Historic Trains of Taste” project in Sicily provides an incredible opportunity to embark on a unique adventure that combines history, culture, and culinary delights. With its affordable ticket prices, it’s a budget-friendly option for travelers seeking Sicily travel deals. Moreover, if you’re interested in comprehensive Sicily vacations or private tours of the island, this initiative seamlessly integrates into your travel plans. It’s not just a train ride; it’s a food tour of Sicily that takes you on an unforgettable journey through the heart and soul of this captivating region. So, whether you’re planning trips to Sicily or looking for Sicily travel packages, make sure to hop on board and experience the magic of the “Historic Trains of Taste.”