To Sicily: Crossing the Messina Straits on a train aboard a boat

Aug 20, 2015, 10:53 AM, Villa San Giovanni, Calabria, Italy

The astute amongst my listeners may have noted a potential flaw in my plans to travel from London to Agrigento all the way by train - namely the three miles of water separating Sicily from mainland Italy, uncrossed by bridge or tunnel. Fear not however, your intrepid adventurers were not thwarted by this apparently insurmountable obstacle, owing to the existence of one of Europe's last surviving operational train ferry connections. On leaving the final mainline station our sleeper train was shunted back and forth until it had been split into three pieces and stabled in the vehicle deck of a ferry which then proceeded to cross the straits of Messina.

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