Italy - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable in force from 14 June until 12 December 2020. Table numbers quoted here are from In Treno Tutt'Italia, the official Trenitalia timetable. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information. Map references relate to the European Railway Atlas Regional Series and, in italic, to the Schweers+Wall Atlante ferroviario d’Italia e Slovenia.

A large number of local trains, especially in Northern Italy, and some long-distance trains, are shown in In Treno Tutt'Italia as not running after various dates in August and September 2020. If correct this would leave some areas, particularly Lombardia, with a very sparse service. The compilers think this is probably a timetable compilation error, so have not shown the trains concerned as 'dated' in the listings below. However, users are advised to check schedules carefully.

Two useful symbols exist which show the booked route for trains not calling at a station: in the middle of the train column, a vertical bar "|" means that the train passes through the station without stopping, whereas a dot "." means that the train does not pass through that station but instead takes a different route.

Westbound and northbound trains normally have even train numbers. Eastbound and southbound trains normally have odd numbers. Trains may, therefore, have several numbers during the course of a journey. For example, the 07:13 Bergamo to Ventimiglia, which runs west to Milano, south to Genova and then west again, is successively IR1786, IR1787 and IR1788. In the tables below the train number used is that applicable at the last stop before the route concerned. Where two train numbers are shown, that is because they vary with the day of operation. Trains running on only a few days during the Christmas and New Year holiday period are not included in the lists; none use lines without any other passenger service.

When a train is being re-scheduled, to allow for engineering work or for other reasons, it is likely to be given an alternative train number, usually of five digits starting with 3. The last two digits are generally, by not always, the same as those of usual train number. For passenger reservation purposes the usual number may be used. Where a train is diverted via an obscure route that it does not normally use, the relevant 3xxxx train number is quoted in the lists. Many trains have alternative numbers because of diversions or retimings that do not affect use of obscure routes and in such cases only the usual number is quoted, in the interests of clarity and space.

Lines are listed in geographic order, from north to south, grouped by region. However, the Firenze - Roma direttissima (which passes through the regions of Toscana, Umbria and Lazio) is shown as a separate group. Special Notes and details of Linea Alta Velocità (High Speed Lines), Other Sparse Services and Deletions since previous edition can be found at the end of this page.

List of Regions:-

Lombardia (includes Milano) entries starting with 'ITxx/01'
Trentino Alto Adige entries starting with 'ITxx/21'
Veneto entries starting with 'ITxx/31'
Friuli Venezia Giulia entries starting with 'ITxx/41'
Piemonte (includes Torino) entries starting with 'ITxx/51'
Liguria (includes Genova) entries starting with 'ITxx/61'
Emilia Romagna (includes Bologna) entries starting with 'ITxx/71'
Toscana (includes Firenze) entries starting with 'ITxx/81'
Marche entries starting with 'ITxx/91'
Firenze - Roma direttissima entries starting with 'ITxx/101'
Lazio (includes Roma) entries starting with 'ITxx/121'
Campania (includes Napoli) entries starting with 'ITxx/131'
Abruzzo and Molise entries starting with 'ITxx/141'
Calabria entries starting with 'ITxx/151'
Sicilia entries starting with 'ITxx/161'
Sardegna entries starting with 'ITxx/171'

The following regions currently have no Obscure Services: Basilicata, Puglia and Valle d'Aosta.

Special Notes

The Trenitalia timetables suggest that on certain lines fast trains and stopping trains run via different routes, but in fact there is a quadruple line with station platforms on only one pair of tracks. Such lines include Prato Centrale to Firenze Rifredi and Padova to Venezia Mestre.

Linea Alta Velocità (High-Speed Lines)

The following high-speed lines, which are electrified at 25 KV 50 Hz rather than the standard Italian 3,000 Volts DC, are used by Alta Velocità trains. These are marketed as Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca and Frecciargento. High-speed services are also provided by open access operator Nuovo Trasporto Viaggiatori, trading as Italo.

  • Torino Stura – Milano (Rho Fiera)
  • Treviglio (Bivio Casirate) - Brescia (Bivio Mella) (but note that the final connection may be further east than the present one)
  • Milano (Bivio Melegnano) – Bologna – Firenze (Castello)
  • Roma (Prenestina) – Napoli (Gianturco)

There are various intermediate connections between these lines and older routes. The only ones over which passenger trains are scheduled to operate are the following:

Although there is a connection from the high-speed line at Bianze, AV trains between Torino and Vercelli run via the old main line. The connection at Novara was used by passenger trains until the high-speed line was completed to Milano.

There are also high-speed lines electrified at 3,000 Volts DC, which may be used by other trains:

  • Milano Lambrate – Treviglio: See IT17/14
  • Milano Rogoredo – Tavazzano (Bivio Melegnano): See IT17/15
  • Padova – Venezia Mestre: This is effectively a quadrupling of the old main line.
  • Roma – Firenze Direttissima: This is an older high-speed line. See separate details.
  • Napoli – Salerno: See IT17/135

It appears to be practice for DC high-speed lines to be known as Direttissima and for AC lines to be known as Linea AV/AC.


See Italy - Tram services over obscure routes

Other sparse services

The train service may well be suspended on some local lines for varying periods during the summer holidays between late June and early September, especially in northern Italy and Campania. It may be advisable to check services locally.

The following lines not included above have few trains (relative to service levels generally in Italy) - five trains or fewer each way on at least three days a week, or do not run each weekday. Lines with no Sunday trains are noted, but where there is a Sunday service it may be very limited on rural lines.

- Bardonecchia – Modane (France) The TGVs between Modane and Milano are no longer shown in the FS timetable
15 Tarvisio Boscoverde – Arnoldstein (Austria)
26 Novi Ligure - Tortona Morning peak southbound, evening peak northbound
81 Benevento - Foggia Limited express service; local service provided by buses
91 Metaponto - Sibari One IC each way; local service provided by buses
109 Ventimiglia - Limone Two trains each way
120 Asti - Acqui Terme No Sunday service
125 Chivasso - Valenza No Sunday service
170 Albate-Camerlata - Molteno No Sunday service
220 Treviso Centrale - Portogruaro-Caorle No Sunday service
236 Casarsa - Portogruaro-Caorle No Sunday service
250 Fidenza – Fornovo
259 Cecina – Volterra-Saline-Pomarance Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service
270 Lavezzola – Granarolo Faentino [- Faenza] Two trains Mon-Sat; no Sunday service
270 Russi – Granarolo Faentino [- Faenza] Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service
302 Viterbo Porta Fiorentina - Attigliano-Bomarzo No Sunday service
330 Mercato S Severino - Benevento Only two trains Mercato S Severino - Avellino; four to Benevento
332 Foggia - Manfredonia Summer service only; buses at other times
339 Barletta - Spinazzola Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service
360 Sassari - Porto Torres Marittima
361 Olbia – Golfo Aranci
375 Lentini Diramazione – Caltagirone Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service
378 Canicatti – Aragona Caldare
388 Piraineto - Castelvetranto There may be an improved service when the line to Palermo reopens
392 Modica - Pozzallo Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service Siracusa - Canicatti
392 Gela - Canicatti Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service Siracusa - Canicatti
414 Rivarolo Canavese - Pont Canavese (Gruppo Torinese Trasporti) Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service
435 Parma - Suzzara (Ferrovie Emilia Romagna) No Sunday service
436 Reggio Emilia - Reggio Emilia S Lazzaro (Ferrovie Emilia Romagna) Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service
440 Portomaggiore - Dogato (Ferrovie Emilia Romagna) Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service
- Rodi Garganico - Peschici-Calenella (Ferrovie del Gargano)
- Sassi – Superga (Gruppo Torinese Trasporti) No trains on Wednesdays
- Licola - Torregaveta (SEPSA)
- Bari - Gravina in Puglia and Matera Sud (Ferrovie Appulo Lucane) No Sunday service
- Gravina in Puglia – Genzano (Ferrovie Appulo Lucane) Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service
- Potenza - Avigliano Città (Ferrovie Appulo Lucane) No Sunday service
- Catania - Randazzo (Ferrovia Circumetnea) No Sunday service
- Randazzo - Riposto (Ferrovia Circumetnea) Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service
- Sassari - Sorso (Ferrovie della Sardegna) No Sunday service
- Macomer - Nuoro (Ferrovie della Sardegna) No Sunday service
- San Gottardo (Cagliari) - Mandas (Ferrovie della Sardegna) No Sunday service
- Mandas – Isili (Ferrovie della Sardegna) Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service

Services over the following lines are not shown in In Treno, but timetables can be found at the websites shown. Urban metro systems are not included in this list.

L’Assunta/Maria Himmelfahrt – Collalbo/Klobenstein SAD Trasporto Locale SpA (Table 160)
Trento - Mezzana Trentino trasporti esercizio SpA
Rivarolo Canavese - Pont Canavese Gruppo Torinese Trasporti
Sassi – Superga Gruppo Torinese Trasporti
Circumvesuviana network EAV srl (Linee Vesuviane)
Napoli Montesanto - Torregaveta EAV srl (Linee Flegree)
S Severo - Peschici-Calenella Ferrovie del Gargano
Bari – Bitonto – Barletta Ferrotramviaria SpA
Bari – Matera Sud Ferrovie Appulo Lucane
Bari – Genzano (and bus connections to/from Potenza) Ferrovie Appulo Lucane
Catanzaro Lido - Soveria Mannelli Ferrovie della Calabria
Ferrovie del Sud Est network Ferrovie de Sud Est
Sassari - Alghero Trasporti Regionali della Sardegna
Sassari - Sorso Trasporti Regionali della Sardegna
Macomer - Nuoro Trasporti Regionali della Sardegna
San Gottardo (Cagliari) – Isili Trasporti Regionali della Sardegna

Services over the following lines are operated entirely by bus, mostly owing to infrastructure problems. In theory it is intended to restore train services in the future but no funding is at present available for remedial work.

134 Sesto Calende - Laveno-Mombello
165 Varese – Porto Ceresio
233 Sacile – Gemona del Friuli
310 Priverno Fossanova – Terracina
312 Sulmona - Carpinone (but see route IT17/141 for details of special excursions)
313 (part) Campobasso - Termoli
315 [Campobasso -] Bosco Redole - Benevento (suspended from 13 February 2013 owing to a landslip)
337 Rocchetta S Antonio Lacedonia - Gioia del Colle
375 (part) Caltagirone – Gela
- Genzano – Avigliano Lucania (Ferrovie Appulo Lucane)

In addition, the line between Palermo Notarbartolo and Punta Ràisi has been closed since 29 June 2015, to allow for engineering work. After considerable delay, the line is expected to re-open no earlier than late June 2017.

Deletions since previous edition

IT16/36 Mogliano Veneto (Bivio Marocco) - Spinea (Bivio Spinea) This route is not currently used by passenger trains
IT16/87 Firenze Campo di Marte - Firenze S Marco Vecchio There are now more trains on this line
Villa Opicina - Sezana There are now more trains, but SZ is still unable to operate to Trieste
157 Piacenza - Cremona The bus service in replacement of the train is no longer advertised
286 Pergola - Fabriano The bus service in replacement of the train is no longer advertised
337 Gioia del Colle - Gravina in Puglia Train service replaced by buses
388 Alcamo Diramazione - Calatafimi – Trapani This line has no service and is no longer included in the timetable

See also