A journey through the streets and lands visited by the poet Dante Alighieri
Villa Abbondanzi Resort presents you the Treno di Dante, a unique experience, which will take you on a journey through medieval towns and villages surrounded by nature aboard a historic train built more than a century ago.
The train is the famous "Centoporte", born in the '30s and used to facilitate the entry and descent of passengers due to the large crowding. The train welcomed all kinds of personalities: from officers to commanders, up to doctors and nurses who, during the Second World War, used carriages for war wounded.
Entering the inside of the carriages, you will find wooden interiors with an "ancient" style, able to evoke and breathe "history" when you get on board. In fact, the section of the Treno di Dante, which connects Firenze to Ravenna, will take you on a journey through landscapes that almost look the same at the time of the great poet.
Today there are few examples of "Centoporte" here in Italy and are used exclusively for special occasions, able to leave an indelible and precious memory to its passengers.
The journey on the Treno di Dante starts from Firenze, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the city of origin of the Renaissance and the Italian language and a place of "love and pain" for Dante Alighieri, as he often tells us in the Divina Commedia.
Continue towards Borgo San Lorenzo, Marradi and Brisighella, three charming medieval villages and incredible architectural beauty, surrounded by hills, woods and crystal clear waters. These villages are ideal especially for lovers of hiking, cycling or walking, or for walks with breathtaking views.
Next, you will arrive in Faenza, a city known worldwide for its "maioliche" (a type of ceramics). You can visit the International Museum of Ceramics, where you will find ceramics by artisans that produce certified objects, such as historical reproductions or various artistic experiments.
The journey of the Dante Train ends in Ravenna, just like Dante when the Paradisio of the Divina Commedia ended here. Today it is possible to admire the poet’s tomb, considered a national monument, outside the Basilica di San Francesco and protected by the "zona dantesca", an area where respect and quiet predominate the space.