Italy - Lines with Obscure or Sparse passenger services

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This list is based on the timetable in force until 10 December 2011, unless otherwise stated. Several companies publish railway timetables in Italy, but table numbers quoted here are from In Treno, the official Trenitalia book. Standard abbreviations are explained in General Information.


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.

Passengers without cars may make reservations on Auto al Seguito car-carrying trains marked Aa within 15 days prior to departure, if any places remain available.

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:-

The following regions currently have no Obscure Services: Abruzzo, Basilicata, Friuli Venezia Giulia, Marche, Molise, 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 shown in timetables as type ‘AV’ and are marketed as Frecciarossa, Frecciabianca and Frecciargento.

  • Torino Stura – Milano (Rho Fiera)
  • Milano (Bivio Melegnano) – Bologna (Bivio Castelfranco Est)
  • Bologna (S Ruffillo) – Firenze (Castello)
  • Roma (Prenestina) – Napoli (Gianturco)

There are various intermediate connections between these lines and older routes. The only one over which passenger trains operate is that at Caserta Nord, which is used by AV trains between Roma, Bari and Lecce.

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

  • Milano Lambrate – Treviglio: See IT11/12
  • Milano Rogoredo – Tavazzano (Bivio Melegnano): See IT11/13
  • 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 IT11/132

Deletions since previous edition

IT08/01 Como avoiding line: Cucciago (Bivio Rosales) – Chiasso: This line is not currently used by passenger trains.
IT08/35 Padova west-south avoiding line: Mestrino - Abano (Padova Campo di Marte): Currently all passenger trains between Verona and Bologna run direct, with none via this curve.
IT08/41 Monfalcone avoiding line: Ronchi dei Legionari Nord - Cervignano-Aquileia-Grado (Ronchi dei Legionari Sud): The overnight trains that previously used this curve have been re-routed via Pordenone.
IT08/42 Gorizia Centrale - Nova Goricia (Slovenia): The summer excursion trains to Bled now start from Nova Goricia.
IT08/53 Torino Stura (Bivio Stura) – Trecate (Novara Est) (via Linea Alta Velocità): The Alta Velocità line to Milano is complete and has regular services, but passenger trains no longer use the connection to Novara Est.
IT08/68 S Stefano di Magra - Arcola (Bivio Arcola): There is now a much more frequent service over this line.
IT08/126 Roma Termini - Roma Prenestina: This line is in regular use by Alta Velocità trains to and from Napoli and by services between Roma Termini and the Sulmona line.
IT08/127 Roma Prenestina - Marcianise (1° Bivio Gricignano) (via Linea Alta Velocità): The Alta Velocità line to Napoli is complete and has regular services, but passenger trains no longer use the connection to Marcianise.
IT08/128 Roma Prenestina - Capua (via Linea Alta Velocità): Regular Alta Velocità service now running.
IT08/131 Rocca d'Evandro-S Vittore – Venafro: This is now an established route with several trains daily.
IT08/133 Salerno direttissima: Sarno – Salerno and IT08/134 Salerno direttissima: Nocera Inferiore – Salerno: Now included in the entry for IT11/132 Linea Monte Vesuvio.
IT08/142 Cosenza avoiding line: Torano-Lattarico (Bivio S Antonello) – Paola or S Lucido Marina (Bivio Settimo): The overnight train pair that used to run via this route have been replaced by buses.

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.

A1, B2, 10 Bardonecchia – Modane (France)
F1, 15 Tarvisio Boscoverde – Arnoldstein (Austria)
G1, 13 Bivio d’Aurisina – Villa Opicina - Sezana (Slovenia)
114 Ceva – Ormea
117 Chivasso – Asti
134 Oleggio – Laveno-Mombello
143 Alessandia – Ovada
186 Palazzolo sull’Oglio - Paratico Sarnico (spring and autumn Sundays only)
233 Sacile – Gemona del Friuli (service over the full length of this line on Sundays only)
259 Cecina – Volterra-Saline-Pomarance
270 Lavezzola – Granarolo Faentino
286 Pergola – Fabriano
310 Priverno-Fossanova – Terracina
312 Sulmona – Castel di Sangro
315 Benevento – Campobasso
325 Sarno – Codola
330 Mercato S Severino – Avellino
337 Spinazzola – Rocchetta S Antonio-Lacedonia
362 Olbia – Golfo Aranci
392 Canicatti – Gela
435 Suzzara – Parma (Ferrovie Emilia Romagna)
480 Sassari – Nulvi (Ferrovie della Sardegna)
485 Mandas – Isili (Ferrovie della Sardegna)
- Sassi – Superga (Gruppo Torinese Trasporti) (No trains on Tuesdays)
- Gravina in Puglia – Genzano (Ferrovie Appulo Lucane)
- Pedace – Camigliatello Silano (Ferrovie della Calabria)
- Gioia Tauro – Palmi Centralet (Ferrovie della Calabria)

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.

See also