April 9, 2013 § 12 Comments
Here’s some shot I took at the cemetery. I love the quiet and the peace of these places, when I want to relax I often walk in.
One of the most fascinating cemetery in Rome is the Verano. It’s very big, and you can find some interesting monumental graves inside. But the cemetery you really can’t miss if you are in Rome is the Non-Catholic one. Many important artists are buried inside, among them the English poet John Keats
Here’s one of the most incredible graves of this place, the Pyramid of Cestius
March 29, 2013 § 10 Comments
There was a time, I was very very young, when I never missed a Sunday Mass. Every little boy like me went to mass – nothing strange for Italy in early 80’s. After all, the parish church was the only place to go for miles and miles!
My friends weren’t interested in religion: they went to church because of the soccer filed nearby (yes – the only soccer field for miles and miles belonged to the church). But for me, it was different: I had faith.
I had, because today I’ve not; but I’m still so intrigued by the mystery of faith that when I see a church I often walk in, looking for the feeling I experienced one day.
And when I walk in, I don’t forget my camera; taking picture is the only way I can meditate on something.
Why you have it, why you have not?
We proclaim your Death and profess your Resurrection, until you come again.
There’s nothing to explain, isn’t there? Or there’s something that I miss?
March 19, 2013 § 7 Comments
March 9, 2013 § 65 Comments
The colored stickers on the green door may give you a wrong impression; behind that door there was no joy or carefreeness: what you’re entering is in fact an old, abandoned psychiatric hospital in north of Italy.
Opened in 1866, it was closed in 1978, when all the mental hospitals of the country were dismantled, thanks to a low inspired by Franco Basaglia.
The asylum was very big, and “hosted” over 2.000 patients at the same time. I can only make some assumption about their conditions…
Constraint and involuntary treatments were normal at those times
Unbelievably, the hospital had also a school class, where patients were probably helped with some form of education. When I walked in, a bottle of some kind of downer was still on the desk.
Today only six criminal mental hospital are still active in Italy. About 1.000 persons are detained; most of them committed little crimes. Their conditions are documented here