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Trans-Siberian Train: in the Heart of Abruzzo National Park

Experience a journey on a historic train along ancient tracks that run through the Abruzzo and Molise Apennines, between narrow gorges, and majestic mountains in the heart of Abruzzo National Park and Nature Reserves.

A spectacular route which alone is worth a slow journey to discover the small villages and large cities where history and traditions are kept by local communities…

A journey that combines the Majella massif with its large peaks and karst plateaus with his grandiose monuments, works of art and man’s work of these wonderful lands.

The service, on a 1930s-era train, is considered one of the oldest and most beautiful train route in Italy, it is also one of the highest, taking you to Rivisondoli-Pescocostanzo at 1,269m above sea level.

The line runs one Sunday a month through the spectacular scenery between Sulmona and Isernia. Inaugurated in 1897, it was part of the project that crossed the Apennines mountains connecting Naples to Pescara.

Step on board and you’ll be warped back into the past. The wooden panels, the black and white photos hanging above the benched seats, classic curtains framing the side of the windows all create an atmosphere that allows you to relive a ride on the historic Transiberian in Italy, through the Abruzzo National Park!

Reaching an altitude of 1,269 meters, the train will pass through myriad tunnels and narrow cuttings, lakes and forests that will mesmerize you.

Slowly conquering the summits of Abruzzo, looping down gently after every peak, the Italian Trans Siberian will show you that there is no rush to get to a destination, because the charm of any travel is going through the journey itself, at a slow pace, like an old-style locomotive puffing its way through the majestic beauty of the Appenini.

Prices from € 38 per person. For more information and experiences: website

Sulmona Hotels – Where to Stay

Best luxury hotel: Palazzo Salini

Best for historic charm

Set in a former noble home dating back to the 1600s, Palazzo Salini is in central Sulmona. It offers free Wi-Fi.With antique furnishings, rooms here come with a flat-screen TV and a balcony. The private bathroom includes a hairdryer and free toiletries.An à la carte breakfast is served in your room, consisting of croissants and coffee.

Apartment from € 102/night

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Best mid-range hotel: B&B Il Marchese del Grillo

Great breakfast

A few steps from the main square in Sulmona, B&B Il Marchese del Grillo offers air-conditioned rooms with free Wi-Fi. Housed in an 18th-century building, it features a panoramic terrace and free private parking for motorbikes. Enjoy a great breakfast on the rooftop terrace.

Rooms from € 90/night

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Best budget hotel: Albergo Stella 1*

Excellent location

Albergo Stella Ristorante is set within the medieval walls of Sulmona, next to the town’s main square, Piazza XX Settembre. Its restaurant serves food and wines from the Abruzzo region. Parco Nazionale della Maiella is around 15 minutes’ away by car, and the ski slopes of Monte Pratello are a 20-minute drive.

Rooms from € 70/night

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