With the construction of the first rail lines in the 16th century, Italy became the first country in the world to establish a modern railway network.
It took a few decades, but the empire is well and truly on its way.
The railway empire was built on the principle of interconnecting the country’s vast lands.
The first railway lines were constructed from the 12th century in the Venetian region of Castel Gandolfo, near the present-day village of Sestri, on the western bank of the Sava River.
The line, named Sestra, was named after the town where it was built, which was later known as Sestrinio.
The city of Sessa in southern Italy became famous for its medieval architecture, as the first train station was constructed in 1610, with a capacity of 3,000 passengers a day.
A second railway line, known as the Sestriano, was completed in 1623.
This line connected the cities of Bologna and Florence, as well as the city of Naples.
The third and most famous line, the Via Veneto, connected Naples and Bolognese.
It was during the reign of Genoese king Giovanni I who brought the Italian railway empire to the attention of the world.
Genoese railways were the first to reach Italy, and a century later, the Italian railroads have continued to dominate the country.
In the last century, they also developed their own railway system.
Today, the railway system is a dominant force in Europe, with many of the main rail lines and stations in Italy.