The Dinosaur's awakening. La Freccia celebrates 70 years of Roma Termini

The cover is dedicated to the main national rail yard and the roof that juts out onto Piazza dei Cinquecento, inaugurated in 1950 and projected towards the future

Rome, 2 December 2020

La Freccia magazine dedicates the December cover to the 70th anniversary of Roma Termini’s Dinosaur, being the platform roof that juts onto Piazza dei Cinquecento. Since 20 December 1950, its curvy profile has welcomed and embraced departing travellers. And its re-awakening is being prepared with the new expansion and redevelopment projects projecting the station towards the future. The past and future meet and liaise also in a photographic exhibition inside the terminal.

La Freccia sets its gaze on the coming year. Twenty-one names in culture, entertainment, civil society and the digital world – from the explorer Alex Bellini to Cardinal Enrico Feroci, through to writer Nicola Lagioia, TV hosts Milly Carlucci and Elena Santarelli, artists Michelangelo Pistoletto and Alzek Misheff, actresses Monica Guerritore, Chiara Francini, Valentina Lodovini and Mariasole Pollio, tenors Andrea Bocelli and Jonas Kaufmann, cartoonist Zerocalcare, astronaut Luca Parmitano, influencer Alessandro Paolucci known as @Dio, journalist Marcello Veneziani, fashion designer Alessandro Enriquez, historian Alessandro Barbero, travel blogger Giulia Lamarca and the social media manager of Taffo Riccardo Pirrone – revealing their desires and projects, with the hope of being soon free from the pandemic.

As always, there is no shortage of space dedicated to travel. From the search for the most creative nativity scene in Italy, as a symbol of life that defeats death, to the 90-kilometre walk in Cilento, from the Valle del Calore and Alburni Mountains, to the village of Laion, at the gates of the Dolomites, where a warm tradition typical of South Tyrol can be discovered. Last but not least comes the ranking of the Lonely Planet’s Best in Travel 2021, which this year highlights places and people who have demonstrated a genuine commitment to three values: community, diversity and sustainability.

It is also possible to travel through art. This is thanks to the Hera system that has put the heritage of the entire Archaeological Park of Paestum and Velia online. Then there are the virtual tours that, despite the closing of museums, allow one to lose themselves amongst the works of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence, the Egyptian Museum in Turin and the Tiepolo exhibition. Venice, Milan, Europe at the Gallerie d’Italia in Milan and the Van Gogh exhibition in Padua. The colours of life. Then there is the Magnani Foundation in Reggio Emilia that offers guided telephone tours to discover the 100 masterpieces of the True Fiction exhibition. Visionary photography from the 1970s to the present. Not to be forgotten are the social media channels, on which Palazzo Barberini and the Galleria Corsini in Rome organise weekly appointments.

There are also many musical offerings: from the Roman singer-songwriter Fabrizio Moro who presents the album Canzoni d’amore nascoste, to Jovanotti’s bassist, Saturnino, who talks about his passion for bass, through to the group BoomDaBash with the best of Don’t Worry, celebrating 15 years on the music scene, and Mina with the first chapters of her Italian Songbook.

Finally, what would Christmas be without the pleasures of the table? A journey from north to south to taste the traditional specialties of the holidays and an ad-hoc menu prepared by the faces of Food Network: the Sicilian delicacies of Giusina Battaglia, manicaretti napoletani by Donna Imma Polese and pastry chef Renato Ardovino’s special cake.

In Medialogando, the column dedicated to the world of information, the director of La Repubblica, Maurizio Molinari, talks about the digital revolution of the newspaper, research into new languages and diversification of products and distribution platforms. 

The December La Freccia can be browsed and read in digital format, on FSnews, and on paper in the FRECCIALounge and FRECCIAClub, each copy cellophaned and personal, for readers to pick up and take away. The contents of FS Italiane’s monthly magazine are also available on the FSNews Telegram channel and the @fsnews_it and @LaFreccia_Mag Twitter profiles.