Giuseppina Giuliano drives hundreds of kilometers to work every day.
Marian NadlerEditor News
Every day Giuseppina Giuliano (29) gets up at 3.30 a.m., has breakfast and gets ready for work. So far, so normal.
But: She doesn’t work in Naples, but in Milan. She travels around 1,600 kilometers to work as head of an art school – 800 kilometers on the outward journey, 800 kilometers on the return journey. She described her daily routine to the “Corriere del Mezzogiorno”.
She still lives with her parents and takes the bus from the family home in Naples to the main train station. At 5:09 a.m. she boarded the high-speed train there.
After a drive of several hours, the Italian starts her shift at the Boccioni art school on Piazzale Arduino at 10 a.m. sharp.
Costs are too high in Milan
In the evening it goes back. She finishes work at 5 p.m., gets back on the train at 6:20 p.m. and is home at 10:53 p.m. She eats her dinner on the train. It’s been like this since September. The woman’s pendulum madness made headlines in Italy.
“I’ve never received so much attention,” she told Il Giorno. “I have to say that my work doesn’t bother me at all, nor does traveling by train,” she tells the newspaper – even though she says she has suffered from a lung disease since childhood.
The main reason for the insane commuting is the high cost of living in the northern Italian metropolis of Milan. There, the rent for a two-room apartment costs up to 1800 euros. But her monthly salary is only 1165 euros.
Thanks to the commute, she can even save some of her wages. According to her own statements, the super commuter only pays around 400 euros a month in travel expenses. She buys the tickets in advance and collects lots of travel points.
“I’m determined to keep going”
She doesn’t regret her decision to stay with her parents in Campania at all. “I’m determined to keep going,” she says. “Everyone is free to decide how they want to shape their life, and I’ve made my decision,” says Italian.
Reader video shows: Here the cross-border commuters block the tracks(00:24)
At some point she wants to move to Milan. “Now I’m still young and can stand the tiredness, but as the years go by I don’t think so,” she says. She believes that she will find affordable accommodation in the cultural metropolis in the future.
That is why he appealed to the residents of Milan: “Perhaps among all the people who have heard my story there is someone with a good heart who has a room or a small apartment near Milan and would like to rent it to me .»