Italy - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services
The Italian Government, in an attempt to limit the spread of coronavirus, has imposed stringent travel restrictions throughout the country. Only essential travel is permitted. This is likely to continue at least into April
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/161'|
|Calabria||entries starting with 'ITxx/171'|
|Sicilia||entries starting with 'ITxx/181'|
|Sardegna||entries starting with 'ITxx/191'|
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:
- Piacenza Ovest: See IT20/71
- Fidenza Ovest: See IT20/72
- Bivio Castelfranco Est: See IT20/73
- Caserta Nord: See IT20/131.
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. The connection at Bivio Emilia, south of Bologna, was used by all high-speed services until the low level line through Bologna Centrale opened, and thereafter by one train pair until December 2018.
Other connections used while high-speed lines were under construction, but no longer with a passenger service are:
- Crossovers at Bologna S Viola
- 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 IT20/14
- Milano Rogoredo – Tavazzano (Bivio Melegnano): See IT20/15
- 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 IT20/135
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. Even on lines with more than five trains daily the service may be very irregular, with a few early morning journeys and then none until the afternoon.
|10||Bardonecchia – Modane (France)||Local trains at weekends, otherwise TGV services only|
|13||Trieste Centrale - Villa Opicina||Two trains daily between Trieste and Ljubljana|
|15||Tarvisio Boscoverde – Arnoldstein (Austria)||Two day trains, plus overnight services|
|15||Carnia - Tarvisio Boscoverde||Sparse weekday service; better on Sundays and summer Saturdays|
|91||Metaponto - Sibari||Two trains each way daily|
|106||Savigliano - Saluzzo||No Saturday or Sunday service|
|109||Ventimiglia - Limone||Two or three trains each way daily|
|120||Asti - Acqui Terme||No Sunday service|
|125||Chivasso - Valenza||No Sunday service|
|160||Luino - Ranzo-S Abbondio (CH) [- Cadenazzo]||Five trains each way daily|
|170||Albate-Camerlata - Molteno||No Sunday service|
|210||Fortezza Franzensfeste - Sillian (AT) [- Lienz]||Three trains each way daily|
|220||Treviso Centrale - Portogruaro-Caorle||No Sunday service|
|236||Casarsa - Portogruaro-Caorle||No Sunday service|
|250||Fidenza – Fornovo||Limited service|
|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, except for a few trains during the summer|
|273||Firenze Campo di Marte - Firenze S Marco Vecchio||Peak service Mon-Sat; no Sunday service|
|302||Viterbo Porta Fiorentina - Attigliano-Bomarzo||No Sunday service|
|330||Mercato S Severino - Avellino||Limited service|
|332||Foggia - Manfredonia||Summer service only|
|339||Barletta - Spinazzola||Limited service Mon-Sat pm; no Sunday service|
|346||Taranto - Brindisi||No Sunday service other than overnight trains to/from Milano|
|360||Sassari - Porto Torres Marittima||Limited service|
|361||Olbia – Golfo Aranci||Limited service; a few additional trains during the summer|
|375||[Catania Centrale -] Lentini Diramazione – Caltagirone||Limited service|
|378||Canicatti – Aragona Caldare||Limited service|
|388||Piraineto - Castelvetrano||Limited service|
|392||Canicatti - Siracusa||No Sunday service; few trains on parts of the line Mondays to Saturdays|
|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|
|460 to 465||Ferrovie del Sud Est: Entire network||No Sunday service|
|-||Sassi – Superga (Gruppo Torinese Trasporti)||No trains on Wednesdays|
|-||Foggia - Rodi Garganico||Only two trains each way beyond S Nicandro Garganico; no Sunday service on the entire line|
|-||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 Borgo - 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|
|-||Sassari - Alghero (Ferrovie della Sardegna)||No Sunday service during the winter|
|-||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 operated 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|
|172||Seregno - Carnate-Usmate||Trains replaced by buses, in order to provide a more reliable service on other lines|
|225||Conegliano - Ponte nelle Alpi-Polpet||Temporary closure for electrification work|
|233||Gemona del Friuli - Maniago|
|258||Pisa Centrale - Collesalvetti - Vada||See route IT20/89 for occasional diversions|
|310||Priverno Fossanova – Terracina|
|312||Sulmona - Carpinone||See route IT20/141 for details of special excursions|
|313 (part)||Campobasso - Termoli|
|315||[Campbasso -] Bosco Redole - Benevento||See route IT20/137 for details of special excursions.|
|325||Sarno - Codola||Although this line is shown in the very diagrammatic timetable map and also in the table, it is closed to all traffic.|
|335||Avellino - Lioni||See route IT20/138 for details of special excursions.|
|337||Rocchetta S Antonio Lacedonia - Gioia del Colle|
|375 (part)||Caltagirone – Gela|
|409 (part)||Rovato FN - Bornato-Calino||Trains replaced by buses in 2018 on economic grounds, so unlikely to resume. See route IT20/17 for details of occasional excursions.|
|414||Rivarolo Canavese - Pont Canavese (GTT)||Bus service not shown in In Treno, but there are plans to electrify and reopen the line.|
|434||Budrio stazione - Portomaggiore (TPER)||Reopened, after flood damage repairs, on 7 January 2020, initially with a "limited" service of 6 through trains each way running at reduced speeds. The full bus timetable continues to run in parallel with the trains at present.|
|447||Citta di Castello - Sansepolcro (Ferrovia Centrale Umbra)|
|448||Perugia Ponte S Giovanni - Terni (Ferrovia Centrale Umbra)|
|449||Perugia Ponte S Giovanni - Perugia S Anna (Ferrovia Centrale Umbra)|
|460a||Bari Mungivacca - Rutigliano - Putignano (Ferrovie del Sud Est)|
|-||Licola - Torregáveta (EAV srl)|
|-||Cagnano Varano - Peschici Calenella (Ferrovie del Gargano)||Closed since 2 December 2017 pending the upgrading of level crossings|
|-||Barletta Centrale - Corato (Ferrotramviaria)|
|-||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.
Services not shown in In Treno
Timetables for the following services 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|
|Sassi – Superga||Gruppo Torinese Trasporti|
|Circumvesuviana network||EAV srl Linee Vesuviane|
|Napoli Montesanto - Torregáveta and Licola||EAV srl Linee Flegree|
|Cancello - Benevento and S Maria Capua Vetere - Piedimonte Matese||EAV srl Linee Suburbane|
|S Severo - Peschici-Calenella and Foggia - Lucera||Ferrovie del Gargano|
|Bari – Bitonto – Barletta and Bari - Cecilia||Ferrotramviaria SpA|
|Bari – Matera Sud||Ferrovie Appulo Lucane|
|Bari – Genzano (and bus connections to/from Potenza)||Ferrovie Appulo Lucane|
|Potenza Centrale - Avigliano Citta||Ferrovie Appulo Lucane|
|Catanzaro Lido - Soveria Mannelli||Ferrovie della Calabria|
|Catania Borgo - Randazzo - Riposto||Circumetnea|
|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|
Deletions since previous edition
|IT19/02||Como avoiding line: Cucciago (Bivio Rosales) - Chiasso||No passenger trains have been scheduled via this route since June 2019.|
|IT19/31||Laveno-Mombello - Sesto Calende (Ost)||Diversions via this line in 2019 were exceptional and are not expected to be repeated.|
|IT19/78||Piacenza - Castelvetro||Two trains were diverted this way on two weekends in February 2019, but this is not expected to be repeated.|
|IT19/88||Cintura di Campaldo (Pisa S. Rossore avoiding line)||This curve was used by diverted trains during the first half of 2019, while the Galleria Ceracci was renovated. It is not expected that this will be repeated.|
|IT19/125||Roma Tiburtina - Roma Prenestina||From December 2019 there are no passenger trains direct between Roma Tiburtina and the high-speed line to Napoli.|