Part of the attraction of Tuscany is its unspoiled landscape. Those lovely rolling green hills, olive groves and cypress trees that make you believe you’ve traveled back in time. Our desire to journey to simpler, slower times takes the form of walking and cycling holidays. In Tuscany you can also explore this unchanged landscape by vintage train.
The Treno Natura, or Nature Train, does a round trip to and from Siena during the summer and autumn months, from April until the end of October. There are various journeys but most follow the line from Asciano to Monte Antico, through the Val d’Orcia. This hilly river valley is the landscape that inspired so much Renaissance painting and poetry, and it remains largely the same, thankfully untouched by freeways and big cities.
You need to check the timetables when you arrive in Siena but usually the train runs only on Sundays with three departure times from Siena. If you catch the earliest one you’ll have time to explore Asciano and Monte Antico where the train stops along the way, and walk ancient pathways, visit historic churches etc. Or just enjoy lunch in a relaxed hill town. On special days the vintage carriages are pulled by steam engine to add to the historic flavor. The Treno Natura is popular so booking in advance is advised.