Former Spoleto-Norcia Railway

Notice: at the moment the route from Spoleto can only be covered up to Caprareccia station (km 7.8)

…the train from Spoleto climbs up the slopes of Mount Piano, tunnels through the mountain and plunges spiralling into the valleyline. Then it coasts the river Nera first, then the Corno, till it gets to Norcia…

Length of the line: 51 km
Maximum gradient: 4,5 %

The 51-km Spoleto-Norcia Railway was opened on 1st November 1926, after 13 years of works, and operated until 31st July 1968, the day the last train left.

This charming itinerary, featuring tunnels, viaducts, cast deep in an enchanting natural scenery, has been almost totally recovered as greenway for hiking and cycling.

The route can be split into four parts, each with its own peculiar traits:

Spoleto – Santa Anatolia di Narco: it’s the one that features the steepest inclines, and the most of important and beautiful works (bridges, viaducts, tunnels).
The start of the route is by the Spoleto Nord junction, close to the access of a former accommodation facility.
At the former station in Sant’Anatolia di Narco, the route goes on along the valleyline where, in the closed stretches, you can use the next road.

S. Anatolia di Narco – Borgo Cerreto: the open landscape is the highlights here: the railway often coasting the river, the glimpses on small hamlets, and buildings by the historical and artistic interest dotting the valley.

Borgo Cerreto – Serravalle: through the 500-m-long Triponzo tunnel, the third leg leads to the splendid gorge of Balza Tagliata, where a pair of imposing 700-m-high limestone bulks  tover over the river Corno, the road to Norcia and the former railway.

Serravalle – Norcia: from Serravalle, through the thrilling narrows of Biselli (particularly enjoyable when canoeing down the river Nera), you reach Villa di Serravalle and enter the Sibillini National Park, to cross then the Marcite di Norcia, and reach finally the end of the route, by the former Railway Station in Norcia.

In 2015, the joint itinerary of the Spoleto-Assisi Cycle Lane and of the former Spoleto–Norcia Railroad, won the Italian Green Road Award in the frame of the Cosmo Bike Show. The route across the Valle Umbra dotted with charming, little-known villages, was declared Italy’s Best Greenway.

For further information on the route accessibility in mountain bike, please visit www.laspoletonorciainmtb.it

Now the former station in Spoleto in via Fratelli Cervi, has become a Museum

For information and guided visits upon reservation, please contact Umbria Mobilità S.p.A. Ph. 075 9637925 – 347 3765007 – paolo.capocci@umbriamobilita.it – l.fasciglione@alice.it or the Spoleto Tourist Office: Ph. 0743 218 620 – 621 – info@iat.spoleto.pg.it.

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