The environmental protests in Val di Susa, (North of Italy), against the construction of a
TGV railway line have been the focus of the national news throughout the last summer,
on the other hand ten years spent building the TGV
railway line between Bologna and Florence almost passed over in silence.
Damages has been valued 150 million of euros, but nobody
is been considered responsible for them. The “Apennines’ mole” runs along an underground tunnel 80 kilometers long that doesn’t allow passengers to figure out environmental effects
that this high-speed train has caused on the surface: a water system completely
destroyed, more that 80 streams and 30 springs dried up, landslides, industrial dumps.
Walking in the Mugello countryside (an area in the North-East of Tuscany)
is easy to meet desolate sites, quarries, abandoned homes,
pipes bringing water to dry rivers, stony paths where few years ago there were long riverbeds.
They are tip of of an iceberg that runs 300 km per hour just few hundreds meters deep.