The Milan to Verona section is a key section of the railway plan. And the TBM tunnel between Lonato del Garda and Desenzano del Garda, is the most complex part of the route. The owner, RFI (Italian Railways) assigned it to Consorzio CEPAV Due (formed by Saipem SpA, Impresa Pizzarotti & C and Gruppo ICM SpA).
The bored tunnel is located in Lonato, a tiny scenic town on the shores of Lake Garda. It consists of two drives of total length 9,564 m (2×4,782 m) with an axis distance of 30 m, and overburden of 5-80 m.