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Lens-Artists PC: Can’t find a better day

As far as days go, last Tuesday was a good one, if not for the castle of the ghost town Celleno, then for us.

You saw it, or better its doors, on Thursday already: Celleno, il borgo fantasma, the ghost town in Lazio between Orvieto and Viterbo. Today we look beyond the doors to see what is in there.

It is a bit ghostly and empty but there is Gina, the donkey, it is surrounded by the greens which we in lower Tuscany can only dream of right now (but the rains are coming), its rooms are full of objects that look like its inhabitants have only stepped out for a moment and not moved permanently to a new town 1.5 km away, and there is freshly baked bread awaiting in welcome. Bestia couldn’t believe his nose.

Well, it may be that the bread has seen better days, we didn’t taste it. As has Celleno. It was abandoned in 1951 when deemed unsafe due to earthquakes, landslides, epidemics, but unlike many such towns didn’t give up. It is still alive in its emptiness which is filled not only with objects but often also with various events, exhibitions, concerts.

Therefore no black and white for this ghost. Italy is alive even in decay and goes on in full colours.

For Lens-Artists Photo Challenge, hosted by Tina at Travels and Trifles: Seen Better Days

This day in my blogging history


Published by Manja Maksimovič

A Slovenian in Italy for love. Blogger, photographer, translator and would-be writer who would be a writer if she wrote. Plus reluctant but emerging poet. Beware.

43 thoughts on “Lens-Artists PC: Can’t find a better day

  1. How interesting that the houses in this ghost town are themselves filled with displays of ‘ghost’ items – items that are no longer used but deserve to be seen 🙂 My mother had (and used) a treadle sewing machine like that one – all my childhood dresses were made on it 🙂

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  2. This is absolutely fascinating, Manja! Fits every frame for this challenge – amazing place! I’d love to walk there myself – so glad bestia could nose there…and even the shirt was real!

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  3. This is such a wonderful place. I love this post. Especially your main photo of all the things hanging on walls, as that’s what my mom did in her little cabin. Do visitors leave things there? I used a treadle sewing machine to sew my first dress! And is that big rolling machine for pressing shirts? I’ve never seen anything like that. The items in the bathroom seemed curious. I couldn’t guess them all. You are right that love and care went into the presentation. What an excellent place to discover.


    1. Thank you, Crystal! Good to see you in your new profile photo. Now I’ll always remember that day when I see it. I’m not sure if visitors leave things there but probably they would take it if you brought something. 🙂 Great that you know how to use the sewing machine. I never learned even though my grandmas had them.

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    1. Thank you, Norm! I was thinking of alerting you to these posts where you appear in the history and I’m glad you found them. Time is so strange. Three years sounds a lot and yet when you were here, times were completely different than they are now. The whole world has changed. I’m really glad that you made it.

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