The book, edited by Il Sole24Ore, recounts the years of Italy's economic boom as seen from Eni's service stations

San Donato Milanese (Milan), 06 August 2012 – Eni is partner of the sixth edition of the Capalbio Libri literary festival, held in Piazza Magenta August 1-12.
The 2012 Capalbio will host twelve evening appointments focused on a range of themes including culture, literature, current events, politics, economics and music, with discussions and debate beginning at 19:00.

Tomorrow evening’s appointment will include “On the Road‘, a photographic volume published by Il Sole24Ore, dedicated to Eni’s service stations. The book is comprised of photographs collected as part of Eni’s tradition for documenting the company’s history. With more than 500,000 images, Eni’s photographic archive is one of the most comprehensive collections of Italy’s industrial landscape.

The book is a relevant tribute to the Italian economy and uses the network of service stations, long regarded as a symbol of transit, to depict the evolution of Italy during years of economic boom. As an icon of culture on the road, service stations are a nostalgic and important place due to their role in shaping and modernizing Italy’s society. Today, new multi-energy service stations have helped to evolve this symbol into one of efficiency and multi-functionality.

The book On the Road also features ten original stories written by young authors originating from the Holden School of Alessandro Baricco, where Eni’s service station became an integral part of the narrative fabric. The inclusion of these stories in “On the Road‘ is an example of how Eni – in keeping with the vision of its founder, Enrico Mattei – supports new talent, especially in a period of strong economic turmoil and cultural disinvestment

Tomorrow’s discussion will feature Mario Pirano, Eni’s manager who oversaw the establishment of the company’s first service station during Italy’s economic boom who then became director of the magazine L’Europeo, Daniele Protti, current director of L’Europeo and Alessandra Carini, journalist of La Repubblica.. The past and present join together once again to look toward the future.

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