Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Rattle and roll into old Sardinia on Trenino Verde
It used to carry farmers to market and drove DH Lawrence to despair. These days, the island's ancient Trenino Verde takes tourists to a remote world little changed in over 100 years...
The Trenino Verde, the "little green train" that runs for 100 miles from the east coast to his overnight stop at Mandas, is a roller-coaster ride through a convoluted jumble of mountains and meadows that must rank as one of the world's great small railways. The name was coined by the World Wildlife Foundation because it travels through some of the greenest, most sparsely populated parts of the island. Beyond it lies a little known treasure - a nature reserve where the last wild horses of Europe roam free with boars and wildcats on a high basaltic plateau.
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