Lonely Planet Writer

This train will bring you to explore the spectacle of the Alps' autumn foliage

With autumn in full swing, exceptional foliage views are to be expected everywhere in the Northern hemisphere. While New England’s landscapes might be the most famous, Europe also has some autumnal magic to offer visitors— for example, with a train ride to enjoy the colourful change of leaves once October arrives.

The Foliage Train will start mid-October. Photo courtesy of Ferrovia Vigezzina-Centovalli

The Vigezzina-Centovalli railway, a historical track in the Piedmontese Alps of Italy that crosses into Switzerland, has organised a Foliage Train with this specific aim— to give guests a chance to admire all the beauty of the autumnal landscape through a slow train ride from the Italian city of Domodossola in the Alps to the Swiss city of Locarno on Lake Maggiore.

The train is the perfect way to admire the foliage of the Italian and Swiss Alps. Photo courtesy of Ferrovia Vigezzina-Centovalli

The Foliage Train will travel 52 kilometres and cross 82 bridges from Italy to Switzerland and back again— guests can board on at either side and also plan a stop during the ride, either in the Italian Vigezzo Valley or Centovalli in Switzerland.

The train runs between the Italian city of Domodossola and the Swiss city of Locarno. Photo by Emanuela Ricci/Ferrovia Vigezzina-Centovalli

The stops are in historical villages like Santa Maria Maggiore and Malesco (two of the Orange Flags of the Italian Touring Club), Villette, Re, Intragna— each with their own tiny museums, sanctuaries, beautifully preserved centres and delicious food waiting to be discovered while basking in the autumnal colours of the Alps.

The white and blue trains of the Vigezzina-Centovalli will run starting on 13 October until 4 November. The Vigezzina-Centovalli railway recommends booking your tickets in advance as well as the stops you plan to make, since buying a ticket will also grant you some advantages in each of the towns on the Foliage Train’s path, like discounts and free gifts.

The train will start 13 October and run until 4 November. Photo by Giovanni Tagini/Ferrovia Vigezzina-Centovalli

If you want to book your tickets or have more information on the Foliage Train, you can check the railway’s official website here or reach out through their Facebook page here.