The "quick one" of the driver
There must have been a good reason why GioBatta Poli (1846-1921) decided on 15 January 1885 to move from San Luca to Schiavon.
A few months earlier, on 25 September 1884, Senator Alessandro Rossi (1819-1898), entrepreneur and enlightened politician, had founded the “Ferrovie Economiche di Schio” with the aim of establishing a rail connection between the major production centres in the upper Vicenza province and Vicenza itself, the main city that since 1846 was served by the most important railway line of the time: the Milan-Venice one.
Meanwhile in San Luca, on the Marostica hills, GioBatta owned a thriving business of production and wholesale/retail sale of wine, groceries and straw hats, together with a refreshments and change of horses service.
It was probably the daily contact with travellers that made him understand the increasing importance of transport means.