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Let's remember the end of the old railway age and Europe's last and only "modern" de-Luxe, exclusive and glorious, the ETR300 Settebello. In the Italy of the fifties, the country of the small Fiats, the elegance and also the poverty, a train sensational like a Ferrari, a "lusso", not nostalgic, but futuristic, with observation lounges on both ends, its day saloons styled by architect Giulio Minoletti and contemporary artists, a train being beyond most people's means (including the author, a student at that time, who saw the rich and the beautiful boarding it at Roma Termini) - bygone days, bygone dreams…

Settebello ETR300, running as a special IC85 Bolzano/ Bozen - Rome ten minutes before the EC85 Michelangelo Munich - Rome, Adige valley near Verona, Easter Monday 1994 (WS)

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