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
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