Italy - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services
This list is based on the timetable in force until 12 December 2020. Although dated as 'from 14 June 2020' the timetable has been updated and reissued monthly since then. The current edition shows some trains as running for only a few months, but later updates may extend the period of operation. Users are recommended to check the Trenitalia website to ensure they are using the latest version.
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.
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, but 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'|
|Puglia||entries starting with 'ITxx/146'|
|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 and Valle d'Aosta.
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 Bivio Novara Ost was used by passenger trains until the high-speed line was completed to Milano.
Other connections used while high-speed lines were under construction, but no longer with a passenger service are:
- Crossovers at Bologna S Viola
- Bologna S Ruffillo - Bivio Emilia
- Gricignano-Teverola - 1º Bivio Gricignano
There are also high-speed lines electrified at 3,000 Volts DC, which may be used by other trains:
- Milano Lambrate – Treviglio: See IT18/15
- Milano Rogoredo – Tavazzano (Bivio Melegnano): See IT18/16
- 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 IT18/135
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.
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.
|10||Bardonecchia – Modane (France)||Local trains at weekends, otherwise TGV services only|
|15||Carnia - Tarvisio Boscoverde – Arnoldstein (Austria)|
|91||Metaponto - Sibari||Normally a very limited IC service; local service provided by buses. All trains between Metaponto and Rossano are replaced by buses until 9 September 2018.|
|109||Ventimiglia - Limone||Two trains each way; winter service by bus|
|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]|
|273||Firenze Campo di Marte - Firenze S Marco Vecchio||Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service|
|302||Viterbo Porta Fiorentina - Attigliano-Bomarzo||No Sunday service|
|330||Mercato S Severino - Avellino|
|332||Foggia - Manfredonia||In recent years this line has had a train service only during the summer|
|339||Barletta - Spinazzola||Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service|
|360||Sassari - Porto Torres Marittima|
|361||Olbia – Golfo Aranci||A few additional trains during the summer|
|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||Gela - Canicatti||Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service Siracusa - Canicatti|
|435||Parma - Suzzara (TPER)||No Sunday service|
|436||Reggio Emilia - Reggio Emilia S Lazzaro (TPER)||Limited service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service|
|436||Reggio Emilia - Guastalla (TPER)||No Sunday service|
|437||Reggio Emilia - Sassuolo (TPER)||No Sunday service|
|438||Reggio Emilia - Ciano d'Enza (TPER)||No Sunday service|
|439||Ferrara - Suzzara (TPER)||No Sunday service|
|440||Ferrara - Codigoro (TPER)||No Sunday service|
|445||Arezzo - Sinalunga (TFT)||No Sunday service|
|446||Arezzo - Pratavecchio Stia (TFT)||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|
|-||Ferrovie del Sud Est: Entire network||No Sunday service|
|-||Taranto FS - Taranto Galese (Ferrovie del Sud Est)||Limited service Mon-Sat|
|-||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||www.sii.bz.it (Table 160)|
|Trento - Mezzana||Trentino trasporti esercizio SpA||www.ttesercizio.it/Treno/|
|Sassi – Superga||Gruppo Torinese Trasporti||www.gtt.to.it/cms/turismo/sassisup|
|Circumvesuviana network||EAV srl (Linee Vesuviane)||www.eavsrl.it/web/content/orario-ferrovia|
|Napoli Montesanto - Torregaveta||EAV srl (Linee Flegree)||www.eavsrl.it/web/content/orario-ferrovia|
|Cancello - Benevento and S Maria Capua Vetere - Piedimonte Matese||EAV srl||www.eavsrl.it/web/content/orario-ferrovia|
|S Severo - Peschici-Calenella and Foggia - Lucera||Ferrovie del Gargano||www.ferroviedelgargano.com|
|Bari – Bitonto – Barletta and Bari - Cecilia||Ferrotramviaria SpA||www.ferrovienordbarese.it|
|Bari – Matera Sud||Ferrovie Appulo Lucane||www.fal-srl.it|
|Bari – Genzano (and bus connections to/from Potenza)||Ferrovie Appulo Lucane||www.fal-srl.it|
|Potenza Centrale - Avigliano Citta||Ferrovie Appulo Lucane||www.fal-srl.it|
|Catanzaro Lido - Soveria Mannelli||Ferrovie della Calabria||www.ferroviedellacalabria.com|
|Ferrovie del Sud Est network||Ferrovie de Sud Est||www.fseonline.it|
|Sassari - Alghero||Trasporti Regionali della Sardegna||www.arst.sardegna.it|
|Sassari - Sorso||Trasporti Regionali della Sardegna||www.arst.sardegna.it|
|Macomer - Nuoro||Trasporti Regionali della Sardegna||www.arst.sardegna.it|
|San Gottardo (Cagliari) – Isili||Trasporti Regionali della Sardegna||www.arst.sardegna.it|
Services over the following lines are operated entirely by bus, mostly owing to infrastructure problems.
|26||Novi Ligure - Tortona (Service suspended to facilitate construction of a Milano - Genova high-speed line)|
|134||Sesto Calende - Laveno-Mombello|
|233||Gemona del Friuli - Maniago|
|258||Pisa Centrale - Collesalvetti - Vada (See route IT18/89 for occasional diversions)|
|310||Priverno Fossanova – Terracina|
|312||Sulmona - Carpinone (See route IT18/141 for details of special excursions)|
|313 (part)||Campobasso - Termoli|
|315||[Campobasso -] Bosco Redole - Benevento (Suspended from 13 February 2013 owing to a landslip)|
|335||Avellino - Lioni|
|337||Rocchetta S Antonio Lacedonia - Gioia del Colle|
|375 (part)||Caltagirone – Gela|
|M95 (part)||Palermo Notarbartolo - Punta Ràisi (Closed since 29 June 2015 for engineering work; various re-opening dates have not been met)|
|414||Rivarolo Canavese - Pont Canavese (GTT)|
|447||Perugia Ponte S Giovanni - Sansepolcro (Ferrovia Centrale Umbra)|
|448||Perugia Ponte S Giovanni - Terni (Ferrovia Centrale Umbra)|
|449||Perugia Ponte S Giovanni - Perugia S Anna (Ferrovia Centrale Umbra)|
|-||Genzano – Avigliano Lucania (Ferrovie Appulo Lucane)|
A number of other bus services appear in In Treno either in substitution for long-closed lines or FrecciaLink coaches to towns not on the high-speed network.
Deletions since previous edition
|IT17/83A||Firenze Castello - Firenze Cascine (Dev. Olmatello)||The AutoZug via this curve will not operate in 2018.|
|81||Benevento - Foggia||Additional trains run|
|392||Modica - Pozzallo||Additional trains run|
|414||Rivarolo Canavese - Pont Canavese||Service withdrawn|
|440||Portomaggiore - Dogato||Service withdrawn|