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Leaving the station, the train plunges into an open landscape among fields of wheat, soya beans and sunflowers. The scenery becomes more and more suggestive: old vineyards and olive 02groves, thousand-year-old parish churches, ancient farmhouses, and geometrical shaped vegetable gardens accompany the traveller as far as Ronta station, the last town in the valley before taking on the Apennines. The two “Faentina routes”, the main road and the railway, now separate; the first climbs towards the Passo della Colla di Casaglia, while the railway enters the heart of the mountain in an almost continuous succession of tunnels and viaducts. In the short tracts of railway line that run outside the tunnels, the traveller can catch a glimpse of an isolated and wild territory, among chestnut woods first, and beech tree woods later. The traveller can view paths and old mule-tracks, old ruins and numerous section houses along the line. After Fornello, where there are neither houses nor roads, the track enters the great Apennines at the Allocchi tunnel, which mid-way (about 1800 metres) reaches the height of the Pass which is 578.38 metres above sea level.

Then the descent towards Romagna begins and the traveller will then pass the stations of Crespino sul Lamone and Marradi, which is the town of the poet Dino Campana. After passing the station with a vast service area and about ten railway tracks, the line starts descending towards the Romagna plain.

The view is breathtaking; villas, medieval castles, and a landscape that goes from mountainous to hilly, with peach and cherry orchards that display huge bouquets of flowers in springtime. The train then reaches the well-known medieval city of Brisighella, and after ten kilometers it ends its route at Faenza, joining the Adriatic Bologna-Ancona railway line. In 1921 the Faenza-Russi tract was inaugurated, and since then it is possible (in some cases without changing train) to reach the magnificent city of Ravenna, the Classe station and all the Adriatic Riviera.

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