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Green Train

The green train is a tourist service that allows the nature-loving tourist to visit suggestive and uncontaminated areas in the central part of the island.  Not only is there the chance to witness enchanting panoramas but also to taste a little bit of history by travelling in a steam or diesel locomotive. It works from 15th June to 15th September, more or less, because it  is only a summer service or it is possible to book wagons for one day in other periods.

Its history
The line on which the train runs was the fruit of a project by Cavour and was subsequently made executive by the Depretis act in 1879, which financed the installation of small trains to be used in the political-economic development of the iron and wood industries.  Following this, the transport was used to connect the coastline to the centre of the island to aid the economic growth of the inner zones of the island (Mandas, Sorgono Sadali, etc.).  From the mid-nineties the “Green train of Sardinia" project was born to use this type of locomotion (at this point in time rendered obsolete) for tourism.
Advised itinerary
The lines served by the Green train and its itineraries that give the possibility of seeing uncontaminated nature and places where time seems to have stood still.

Tortolì – Niala
(a visit to the park of Montarbu and the chalkstone 'heels')

Obligatory journey for lovers of trekking and of the mountainous landscape of Niala, a stop along the Arbatax – Mandas line.
Underlined by the characteristic chalkstone 'heels' of Ogliastra, Niala is to be found on the edges of the natural oasis of Montarbu, one of the most famous points in Gennargentu, natural habitat of the mouflon and the eagle: through woods of holm-oak and ilex, glades of juniper and arbute, along the river and its torrents, by foot you can follow easy or more difficult paths and the effort will be more than amply rewarded by the wonder of the territory, so diverse from area to area.

08.0 Departure from the station of Tortolì
10.10 Arrival at the station of Niala/S. Gerolamo.  Excursion to the oasis of Montarbu
13.0 Typical Sardinian lunch
15.0 Visit to the chalkstone 'heels'
17.35 Return to the station at Niala
19.30 Return to Tortolì station

Typical Sardinian lunch
Starter:  ham, sausage and local olives
First course:  Marraconeddus sciarranacaus (local pasta dish), Culurgiones (potato and cheese filled ravioli)
Second course:  Spit-roast lamb or pork
Side dish:  mixed salad
Fruit:  seasonal fruits

After lunch, tasting of typical Sardinian sweets, coffee and local digestives
Drinks and wines included in the meal.

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