It is the case of the legendary Spoleto-Norcia, the maximum technical effort of tracks among the Italian mountain railways, called the small Gottardo Umbro. Among the latest designed railways, it is the hardest one, no one would ever think to venture into such an undertaking today.

A true work of art in terms of transportation, a daring project that has the spark of wonder. Transformed a few years ago in one of the most interesting tourist cycle routes in Italy, it has returned to life in the heart of the lush nature.The work of man in this case is part of a unique natural environment, in the midst of the most beautiful landscapes of the Apennines of central Italy to offer an artistic and panoramic heritage that enriches your eyes.Stone viaducts and dark tunnels with protruded rocks open themselves to light rays and to the intense green of the lush vegetation of the Valnerina.T

he first idea for the construction of the railroad dates back to the beginning of the last century, precisely in 1909, and the work began only in 1913 with the project of the Swiss engineer Erwin Thomann, immediately and sadly slowed by the effects of the First World War. The Spoleto-Norcia was inaugurated years later, on the 1st of November 1926, with a journey time between the two locations of about 2 hours. World War II raged heavily on the railway, seriously damaging it, and after various events it was eventually dismantled in 1968.

Now, the 51-km route, the 19 tunnels, and the 24 bridges and viaducts of great architectural value have become an evocative journey dedicated to sports, touristic cycling in this case. A restoration project allows you to experience the former railway Spoleto-Norcia in all its beauty. A path considered off-road, but not particularly challenging, and feasible in both directions. What is needed is a sturdy bicycle, a flashlight to go through the longer tunnels without lighting, and a little spirit for adventure to enjoy the beauty of man and nature.