Proud to be a Troglodyte!
"I must be getting somewhere near the centre of the earth."—Alice in Wonderland
Just before scaling a wall in the gigantic cavern beneath Piazza Cavour, Fulvio Salvi had said to me, "Just think of the money people pay to walk through the sewers of Paris. We need better press in Naples. We have an area twice the size of the Vatican down here." Then, up he went, hand over hand, gripping the handholds dug out of the soft tuff rock by some long forgotten Neapolitan cave digger, "working without a net," as they say. (Of course, when they say it, they mean it as a cutesy metaphor. When I say it, I mean NO NET! He falls, he breaks. Naturally, as one who is afraid of the dark, high places and enclosed spaces—I do well in medium-sized, illuminated dining rooms—I did my best to keep my eyes closed.)
Twice the size of the Vatican! That impressed me...
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