Thanks to Trenitalia, tourists in Sicily have the opportunity to enjoy, at the same time, the delicious food and the unique landscape that made the island famous all over the world. Treni Storici del Gusto, or ‘historical tasting train’, provide travelers with many itineraries on historical and picturesque Sicilian train routes designed to showcase the islands enchanting landscape, traditions, and sights. Moreover, during these trips, tourists can sample Sicily’s culinary marvels.
The service, which is active from late summer through the end of November, is a collaboration between the Fondazione FS Italiane, the Sicilian Tourist board and Slow Food Sicilia and offers 50 different journeys and 23 exclusive itineraries around Sicily. The aim is to revive old trains and their routes that were established in the early 19th century and allow people to discover the culinary excellence of Sicily by taking them through Sicilian towns, monuments, and cultural sights.
The cost of each trip – from 8€ to 20€ (depending on the route) – includes activities like food and wine tastings or tour groups with local guides. The tours are organized with local tourist boards, restaurants, guides, and wine producers. Each visit connects the train journey with local buses and theme-based trips.
The 2019 calendar of events offers, among others: ‘Il treno delle pizze, focacce e ciambelle’ (The pizza, foccaccia, and doughnut train) from Caltanissetta to Porto Empedocle (Agrigento); ‘Il treno delle cose dolci’ (The train of sweet things) from Palermo to Salemi; ‘Il treno dei dolci e dei formaggi del Val di Mazara’ (The train of desserts and cheeses from the Mazara Valley) from Palermo to Caltanissetta.
Some of the journeys cover the Valle dei Templi archaeological site near Agrigento, the Baroque cities in the UNESCO world heritage listed Val di Noto, the rich archaeological sites of Morgantina, Segesta and Selinunte, the Alcantara Georges and the area around Mount Etna.