The Genoa-Casella Railway (Ferrovia Genova-Casella, or FGC)
The Genoa-Casella railway, also known as the Ferrovia Genova-Casella (FGC), is a narrow-gauge railway in Italy that connects the city of Genoa with the small town of Casella, located in the Ligurian hinterland. The railway was inaugurated in 1929 and is primarily intended for passenger service, but it has also been used for freight transport in the past.
The line stretches for approximately 25 kilometers (15.5 miles), and its track gauge is 1,000 mm (3 ft 3 3⁄8 in) narrow gauge. The railway features stunning views of the Ligurian landscape, including picturesque valleys, hills, and historic villages. The route includes a variety of bridges, tunnels, and viaducts, as it winds its way through the hilly terrain.
The train service is operated by AMT Genova (Azienda Mobilità e Trasporti), the local public transport company. There are multiple daily services in both directions, with a journey time of about one hour. The trains are mainly used by commuters, tourists, and hikers, as the railway provides access to various scenic and historical sites along the way.
Some of the notable stops along the line include:
- Genova Piazza Manin: The starting point in Genoa, located close to the city center and easily accessible by other public transportation modes.
- Sant’Olcese: A small town with a historic center and the beautiful church of San Pietro di Rovegno.
- Trensasco: A village with a charming historic center and numerous walking trails in the surrounding area.
- Casella: The final destination, a quaint town known for its picturesque streets, historic buildings, and natural surroundings.
The Genoa-Casella railway offers a unique and enjoyable way to explore the scenic beauty and rich history of the Ligurian region.
How to reach the Manin Station
- Board the bus number 36, which runs from De Ferrari M1 to Piazza Manin. The journey should take around 10-15 minutes, depending on traffic.
- Alight at the “Piazza Manin” bus stop.
- From Piazza Manin, you will find the Genoa-Casella Railway station (Stazione di Genova Casella) just a short walk away. Look for the “Ferrovia Genova-Casella” signage or ask the locals for directions if needed.
Once you arrive at the station, board the train to Casella and enjoy the scenic journey!
The journey takes approximately one hour.
The Italian train system, operated primarily by Trenitalia and Italo, offers a well-connected and efficient means of transportation throughout the country. Comprising high-speed, intercity, regional, and commuter trains, the network serves major cities, smaller towns, and popular tourist destinations. High-speed trains, such as Frecciarossa, Frecciargento, and Italo, provide fast and comfortable journeys between major cities, while intercity and regional trains offer reliable services for local and long-distance travel at a more affordable price. Overall, the Italian train system is a convenient and popular choice for both locals and visitors looking to explore Italy’s diverse landscapes and cultural offerings.
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