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What is the depth of the strait of Otranto? LorenzoB (talk) 05:39, 25 March 2009 (UTC)
Good point! This article lacks descriptions of the strait undewater geology, depth, flow of currents and level of salinity of the Adriatic sea compared to the Mediterranean.
Also aren't there any plans to build a rail link between Italy and the Balkans, even if they are just ideas without implementation in the near future?
A rail link, by tunnel or underwater bridge would be an excellent connection between Rome, Napoli and Sicilia with the Balkans, Turkey and the Middle-East. It would certainly shorten any train journey between Rome and either Athens, Sofia, Istambul, Belgrade or Bucharest.
The link would be between Italy and the area of Vlora in Albania, which has the problem of Albania being out of the EU, but trains between Rome and Balkan EU capitals wouldn't need to stop in Albania. Only a train between Italy and Albania would stop there.
The central and Southern areas of the Italian peninsula would benefit greatly as it could make these regions more central for European transportation, diverting part of the traffic from the Western Balkans (Sofia, Belgrade, Zagreb and Ljubljana corridor). Central and Southern Italy suffers from high unemployment partly because these regions are peripherical for investment. —Preceding unsigned comment added by 188.8.131.52 (talk) 13:32, 31 January 2010 (UTC)