Are you familiar with the inside struggle when you desperately want to travel somewhere but there are many things holding you down? Such as job, career, money, time, dentist, tiredness, the cactus that keeps dying every time we go somewhere, burglars that recently broke into the neighbors’ house, everything basically. But you want to go so bad!
Well, it kind of happened to us these days but we desperately needed to get away, even just for a day. We heard stories about an old train that goes through some mountains near Rome. After intense research, we found it. We got overexcited because it was not so far, only 1 day, affordable and unique.
The decision to go was partly regretted due to waking up at 04:00 followed by 2 hours of car ride from Rome to Sulmona to get to the train station. However, the feeling came back as soon as we saw the train. It was from 1911, made mostly in steel and wood, with old writings, painting and pictures framed inside. It reminded me of a train from the Harry Potter movies. Completely full, the train departed.
The ride was much slower than in modern trains but that is why we enjoyed it more. Railway we were passing through is called Transsiberiana Italiana. It got a name because of the amazing view along the whole railway. Mountains and hills covered by snow, a seasonal lake as well as animal footprints on the snowy ground. That railway is listed on top 10 lists of the most beautiful railways in the world.
The first stop was a small town in the middle of the mountains. Everybody rushed to the first bakery. So did we. Apparently, the area is famous for good bread. We bought some bagels, it was good. Not the best ever, but good enough.
After an hour, the train continued. We were almost falling asleep when the group of musicians entered our wagon. It was extremely entertaining. They were wearing costumes, played instruments and sang old songs like it was really 1911. Some of the passengers knew the songs. Such a great addition to the trip. Needless to say, we got completely awaken and continued to observe wonderful nature through the window.
The last stop was a ski resort. We took a walk around the town which was very small. It was hard to find a place to eat due to the fact there were too many people in such a small place. If we knew, we would buy more bread in the previous town.
On the way back, everybody was exhausted and sleeping. Musicians woke us up again. Only this time, the whole wagon was actually sleeping and it was hilarious to sneak in, start playing music and watch us all jumping in fear.
It was a really nice experience. Especially, if you are looking for something relaxing, affordable, different, without spending time on the organization. It took us back to the past and showed us that part of tradition still lives.