Seven in one go: From St.Moritz to Venice
From cosmopolitan St. Moritz to the lagoons of Venice in just eight hours; made possible by the RhB and a complementary publictransport network. This cultural journey links together no fewer than seven UNESCO World Heritage sites.
Not Around the World in Eighty Days exactly, but from Alpine St. Moritz to Mediterranean Venice in eight hours. And the Italian public-transport network provides other connections all along the way. It pays to invest time inforward planning, so as to be able to see as much as possible of the manyinteresting sites along the route. From St. Moritz, the Bernina Line runs south along the UNESCO World Heritageroute, following the highest-altitude railway over the Alps. At thehigh-point of the line in Ospizio Bernina (2,253 metres above sea level), passengers can admire two adjacent lakes: dark little Lej Nair and lightercoloured Lago Bianco. These lakes mark the border between one worldand another. Water flowing eastwards ends up in the Danube, while the southward outlet runs towards the Po; the boundary between weathersystems is rainy on one side and dry on the other, and this point likewise marks the linguistic boundary between Romansh and Italian. From here, the track drops southwards into a land of swaying palms. The train makes short work of slopes of up to 70 mm per metre. „Next stop:Tirano!“ shouts the guard, after just over two hours. The little Mediterranean town across the Italian border is just 429 m above sea level.
A piece of the real Italy
Four times a day, the Italian Perego bus runs from Tirano, over the ApricaPass and along the impressive panoramic route to Edolo. From this small town, the train runs into Val Camonica, the valley home of another site: the cave paintings in the „Parco Nazionale Naquane“, near Capo di Ponte. These engravings in stone, and Europe’s most important prehistoric cave-art found to date, portray animals, weapons and early agricultural tools. The oldest ones date from 6,000 BC. The thermal baths in Boario Terme offer a place to really relax. Other local attractions include nearby Lago Iseo, with its car-free island of Montisola, rearing up 400 metres out of the water. The artistic town of Brescia has been a UNESCO site since 2011. This small, romantic town is blessed with buildings from antiquity, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the Baroque period. A visit to the Convent of Santa Giulia is also worth the effort. The modern museum housed in this former Benedictine nunnery is home to the archaeological finds from various historical periods that characterise Brescia.
One UNESCO World Heritage site after another
Departing from Brescia, the „Freccia Bianca“ Intercity train continues on to Venice. This section of the route includes a whole series of UNESCO World Heritage sites, including the old town of Verona, with its ancient amphitheatre, and the Botanical Gardens of Padua; home to several plants that are over 100 years old. Passengers enjoying the tour in one go arrive at the end of the line in Venice about eight hours later. The terminus is on the Mediterranean, where millions of wooden pillars hold Venice up above the waters of its lagoon. This is also a UNESCO World Heritage site. Instead of streets or rails, the city’s buildings are interconnected by a dense network of canals. Gondoliers chauffeur visitors around the city, passing under its innumerable bridges and past its splendid palaces, and onwards to the Piazza San Marco. Visitors can then take stock of their travel experiences at one of the coffee houses in the arcades of the Piazza.