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Translated Jeff Matthews

1. The stone door to the infinite

The beauty of a city is seen also in the details.

On the height of the city of Naples there is a stone door that opens a gateway to the underworld. That's what Fulvio Salvi says with a mischievous smile.

The lock is new, a sign that this passageway has not been forgotten even with the passage of time. It opens onto a world forgotten by many, a world that is the result of hard work and and skillful craftsmanship, and one that still today has not been completely explored.

It reminds me of the stone portal that opens in The Hobbit by Tolkein.

That small shiny metal lock stirs the age-old strings within most of us—perhaps not all—that conjure up fascinating music from another age.

Beneath lie our roots, our history, our culture.

Despite what those claim who deny the power of the past, and in the face of those who would seek to wipe away the history of the people, our traces remain and continue to indicate to us the path that we still have to tread and discover.

We all have this path within us...may we have the courage to follow it.

Happy exploration, in every sense.

Gianluca Padovan (Ass.ne S.C.A.M. – F.N.C.A.)

P.S.:

"The Lonely Mountain
«The sun sank lower and lower, and their hopes fell. It sank into a belt of reddened cloud and disappeared. The dwarves groaned, but still Bilbo stood almost without moving. The little moon was dipping to the horizon. Evening was coming on. Then suddenly when their hope was lowest a red ray of the sun escaped like a finger through a rent in the cloud. A gleam of light came straight through the opening into the bay and fell on the smooth rock-face. The old thrush, who had been watching from a high perch with beady eyes and head cocked on one side, gave a sudden trill. There was a loud attack. A flake of rock split from the wall and fell. A hole appeared suddenly about three feet from the ground.» (J. R. R. Tolkien, The Hobbit. Harper Collins edition, 1991, p. 240)

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1. Naples, the stone portal(ph. G. Padovan)


2. Naples, the lock on the stone portal (ph. G. Padovan)


3. Naples, Underground worlds (ph. G. Padovan)

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