Each day of our visit to the Emilia-Romagna region of Italy was filled with new sights and activities, and we eagerly welcomed every opportunity. After one such experience, an educational and energetic walking tour of the olive groves on the hills of Brisighella, we stopped briefly in nearby Fognano. It is a small village along the River Lamone. Perhaps the most important landmark in Fognano is St. Peter’s Church (Chiesa di San Pietro) which dates back to 1464.
But I was taken in by Fognano’s quiet railway station.
Train travel is a treat for me, especially in many parts of Europe where it’s such an efficient manner of transportation. So many of the stations are also architectural gems. Fognano was different from most I’ve experienced which have usually been much larger and busier. After navigating the bustling railway stations in Milan and Bologna just a few days earlier, the contrast was striking.
Perhaps when there are fairs and festivals taking place in and around Fognano, this station sees more activity. It may have a completely different look and ambiance. But on this day, there were no passengers on the platform and it seemed nearly abandoned, yet obviously well-maintained. Maybe just minutes before, it had been a scene of people dashing to get on a train. But I rather doubt that.
I liked the subtle colors of the waiting room that was empty of passengers, but full of stories it could tell of travels past.
I’d like to visit this little station again sometime to see if it still affects me the same way and looks just like it did on the day I was there. Maybe I’ll experience it next time as a passenger, happy to be arriving in Emilia-Romagna.
What railway stations have captured your interest and imagination?
Our thanks to the Associazione Nazionale Alberghi Diffusi for making our Emilia-Romagna experience possible.
I’m linking this post to Noel Morata’s Travel Photo Monday series on his Travel Photo Discovery site. Take a look at his gorgeous photos and the links to other submissions.