Between Industry and Tourism: The Turin-Savona Motorway, 1956-2001

This paper focuses on a northern portion of the Italian highway network, from Turin to Savona, constructed from 1956 onward by Fiat. The route was built during the era of European mass motorization, in a context of car and road diffusion. It was intended solely to carry freight traffic for industry. But Fiat also backed the oil pipeline from Liguria to the north, while the former means of transport (railroad and cableway) continued successfully. The venture failed in its original purpose of stimulating automobile manufacturing, but the growth of private-car ownership soon filled it to capacity in the summer as a holiday route to vacation under the sun, much to the surprise of Fiat management.

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  • Accession Number: 01049778
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: May 2 2007 3:04PM