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You can now travel by train all the way across Sicily

The Frecciabianca line connects the two main cities of Palermo and Catania

Sophie Dickinson
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Sophie Dickinson

Sicily: home to beautiful beaches, picturesque mountain ranges and truly delish food. It’s hard to think of a better way to while away the summer than travelling through the island’s gorgeous landscapes, sipping on Campari in every town. Well, that’s now got a whole lot easier, as a brand-new train line has just opened, joining up some of Sicily’s remotest (and most beautiful) corners.

The Frecciabianca route connects capital Palermo with the second city, Catania. You get to travel through the relatively tourist-free central swathe of the island, stopping off in Caltanissetta and Enna. The journey comes to an end on the coast, right by the port that takes people via hydrofoil to the mainland (where you can hop on direct lines to Naples, Rome, Bologna and Milan).

The journey isn’t exactly high speed just yet, but we reckon that makes it all the more charming. Currently, it’ll take around three hours, although this is going to be cut down to just over two hours by 2024.

Fancy exploring Sicily by rail? Find out more about the new line and book tickets via the ItaliaRail website.

Did you see that there’s a new high-speed train that runs entire length of Italy?

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