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Centovalli - Scenic Train Ride of 100 Valleys

The Centovalli Railway is 32 miles of narrow gauge rail line which connects the Gotthard Pass rain line and Simplon Pass rail line, connecting the Ticino region and the Swiss Valais to by the shortest route, with 83 bridges and 34 tunnels beginning in Locarno and terminating in Domodossola, Italy, with stops in Intragna, Camedo, and S. Maria Maggiore. The Centovalli is one of the the most beautfiul scenic routes in southern Switzerland winding over stunningly high viaducts, along deep ravines and past Alpine waterfalls, leading from wine vieyard covered hillsides, through forests of Chestnut trees, through tunnels and around sharp hair-raising bends through the the Hundred Valleys and the Valle Vigezzo.

The blue and white liveried train takes a route through the Centovalli, the watershed of the wild Melezza River from Locarno on Lago Maggiore in Ticino Switzerland to Domodossola in Italy in about two hours. This is a scenic alternative to the Gotthard line from Brig via Andermatt/ Göschenen. The Centovalli Railway runs all year long with with departures hourly with 1st class, 2nd class and panoramic coaches. Tickets cannot be purchased on the train, but must be bought from station machines or ticket window. Eurail Passes are good for the Centovalli if including Switzerland and Italy. The train operates as part of the Swiss transportation System and Swiss Passes are valid for the full line as well, even the Italian part, connecting back into Switzerland. The Italian operated panoramic version of the train is called the Vigezzo Vision Panoramico.


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