Today we tend to classify rail routes on three levels: the high speed rail network above all, the regional rail network and fi - nally in exceptional cases a few odd branches of railway with a tourist function. In the hinterland of Milan we fi nd two railways which persuade us to abandon these rigid distinctions, they are two railways which can function at two speeds: rapidly during the week for commuter traffi c towards Monza and Milan and slowly during weekends (but also on some weekday journeys) for the discovery of two high quality environments-landscapes that may be enjoyed. The article describes the traits of these two railways and how they intersect with settlement structures and the system of outdoor spaces. It concludes by indicating some planning questions that are posed with a view to enhancing this co-existence of two speeds.
Keywords: Ferrovie, trasporto pendolare, mobilità lenta, turismo di prossimità