After a morning meeting activists in Roma, it’s onto a lunchtime high speed train to Milano, on the line that killed an airline. It might not be a cross border railway, but the mainline the length of Italy is seriously good, and I am happy to be able to include it in my route. Having used a Trenitalia high speed train the previous day, here I will use the rival – Italo.

From Milano cross border lines to Switzerland have improved in the last two decades with the opening of the Lötschberg Base Tunnel (2007) and Gotthard Base Tunnel (2017). As Bern, rather than Zürich (CH), is my destination, I will route via Lötschberg – and this has the additional advantage of meandering along the edge of Lago Maggiore north of Milano! The border north of Domodossola is border with excellent long distance services, and good local services.

Day / Date Friday 8 July
Departure Roma
End Bern
Trains 2
Rail km 832.7 – help me crowd fund kilometres of my route!
Bike legs 0
Bike km 0
Borders crossed IT-CH – Domodossola
Events Roma – more about events en route here

Data here is indicative. The Google Sheet for the trip is the always-updated definitive version.

On the day itself, live updates will be posted here.

The map below is an image of the route for this day. You can alternatively see access whole route with more controls on umap here.

Day 22 Map

Images used in this post

Four in a row – Milano Centrale [IT]
September 26, 2019
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