Translated Jeff Matthews
The stairway leads from the Bourbon Gallery (Tunnel) down to the underlying “tunnel of corruption” (galleria del malaffare), now flooded.
A narrow passage opens onto an enormous empty space, a quarry, now a cistern; little by little you descend, accompanied by sounds that echo in the dark, the sounds of footwear treading upon metal steps. Then there is a pier fashioned of metal pipes and wooden planks laid such as to let you board the raft.
Gianluca Minin, somewhat of an apprentice Charon [trans note,JM: In Greek mythology, Charon, was the ferryman of Hades who carried souls of the newly deceased across the rivers that divided the world of the living from the world of the dead], will lead you along the underground route, flooded with water that has filtered in. You are moving through the never completed and now abandoned tunnel of the Light Rail Transport (L.T.R.) train line, mute witness to fraud and the waste of public monies, today transformed into a most unusual tourist attraction.
Dante Alighieri wrote: “And lo! towards us coming in a boat / An old man, hoary with the hair of eld, / Crying: 'Woe unto you, ye souls depraved! / Hope nevermore to look upon the heavens; / I come to lead you to the other shore, /
To the eternal shades in heat and frost.” (Inferno, III 82-87)
For guided tours into Charon's tunnel it's a good idea to book ahead:
Galleria Borbonica: 081.7645808 – 366.2484151
And Virgil exclaimed: “"Vex thee not, Charon; / It is so willed there where is power to do / That which is willed; and farther question not." (Inferno, III 94-96)
Gianluca Padovan (Ass.ne S.C.A.M. – F.N.C.A.)
[trans. note, JM: Passages from Dante's Inferno are cited in the translation by H.W. Longfellow. As well, the unattributed photo captions are from the same translation.]
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