Race to the Future: the High-Speed Dream

In the 1970s, Italy led the revolution in rail transport in Europe with the construction of the “Direttissima Roma - Firenze”, the continent’s first high-speed railway line, operating between Rome and Florence.

Much has changed since then, with high-speed trains having changed the way people travel, helping connect cities, move goods, and reduce traffic and air pollution.
Here’s the story of high-speed trains in Italy told through photography.

 

 

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High-Speed Railway System, Turin-Milan section

High-Speed Railway System, Turin-Milan section

High-Speed Railway System, Turin-Milan section

High-Speed Railway System, Turin-Milan section

High-Speed Railway System, Turin-Milan section

High-Speed Railway System, Turin-Milan section

High-Speed Railway System, Turin-Milan section

High-Speed Railway System, Turin-Milan section

Rome-Florence "Direttissima" Railway

Rome-Florence "Direttissima" Railway

Rome-Florence "Direttissima" Railway

Rome-Florence "Direttissima" Railway

High-Speed Railway System, Bologna-Florence section

High-Speed Railway System, Bologna-Florence section

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

High Speed Railway System, Italy

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