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Report 2027: September in Sardinia

By Marian McCain from England, Fall 2012

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Page 4 of 9: Il Trenino Verde - the Little Green Train

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One of the most delightful experiences available to the tourist in Sardinia is a ride on Il Trenino Verde the 'Little Green Train' a narrow-gauge railway that snakes it way through and around some of the loveliest scenery on the island. Famously popularized by D.H.Lawrence, back in the 1920s, it runs only in the summer months and we were there right at the end of its season. There are four routes and we took two of them. The first of these runs from the port of Arbatax, at the southern end of the Gulf of Orosei, way inland to Mandas and the second runs from Mandas up to Sorgono. Due to some work being done on the track, we had to take the bus as far as Lanusei, an hour or so up the track, and go from there. Even so, the journey on to Mandas took four hours.

The scenery, as we wound slowly through the mountains, most of the time at the pace of a horse and cart, was wonderful. This really was 'slow travel,' as the train's leisurely pace gave us the chance to soak in everything we saw. This included nuraghi, the ancient stone buildings three thousand years old that one sees scattered all over Sardinia.

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