Ieri sono stato a Stresa per il The New York Times per documentare l’enorme tragedia della funivia del Mottarone. Quattordici persone sono morte ed un bambino, rimasto orfano, è l’unico sopravvissuto. Oggi tre persone sono state arrestate per avere manomesso i freni, che hanno bloccato la cabina. Come successe con il ponte Morandi e molte altre tragedie italiane, il pressappochismo, l’incompetenza e l’interesse economico ha avuto la meglio sulla sicurezza e sulla tutela delle vite umane.
STRESA, Italy — The sun shone brightly Sunday on Lago Maggiore, a spectacular alpine lake that traverses the Italian-Swiss border. Fabrizio Bertoletti, the owner of a small hotel with a restaurant perched atop Mottarone mountain, was feeling upbeat.
After months of off-and-on coronavirus restrictions, restaurants and hotels here were finally starting to open. Indoor dining is still banned but, he said, “it was a beautiful day and people weren’t going to complain even if they had to eat outside.”
On a terrace with breathtaking views of the lake and the mountains that cradle it, Mr. Bertoletti’s restaurant can seat about 70, and it was completely booked. The hotel and restaurant, aptly named “Eden,” sit just a few feet from the upper station of a cable car that links the summit to the lakeside town of Stresa, a popular vacation destination almost 5,000 feet below. […]