The Italian job: Part 1. Gasworld visits Europe’s gas valley


Set deep in the picturesque, mountainous northern Italy, a region bordered by the snow-capped Alps, lies the historic and ancient town of Bergamo.

Around 40km northeast of Milan and at the foothills of the Alps, Bergamo is something of a rustic settlement in the Lombardy region and a town steeped in history.

Nearby Monza, famed for its Autodromo Nazionale Monza grand prix motor racing circuit, is the third-largest city of Lombardy and an important economic, industrial and administrative hub.

The 30-minute route down the A4 between Monza and Bergamo is laden with industry, home to a wealth of large companies and corporations. And while these two townships may be known for their textiles, publishing, art and culture, amid the characteristic skyline of towers, cupolas and campaniles is another notable landmark – the so-called ‘gas valley’.

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