San Francesco

Ravenna is built on sand. Sand. And under the sand, there’s gas. And since World War II, (maybe eve before that, but it’s certainly been documented since then) the land has been slowly sinking. Mainly because the gas is being removed from underground. Anyway, the interesting thing is that maybe finally the subsidence (when the ground sinks) has stopped on the mainland – it is continuing on the coast but in downtown Ravenna it seems to have stopped.

The beautiful church of San Francesco, splat in the center of town, is a wonderful example of what subsidence can do. Many tourists go in and walk around, but few see that by just slipping a coin in a badly placed machine you can turn on the lights in the crypt. And if you lean over the railing and look down, you’ll notice that there’s about a meter of perfectly transparent water covering the delicate mosaics below. And if you wait a minute, you’ll probably notice that there are fat orange goldfish that look as if they’re flying over the mosaics and the coins that people superstitiously throw in . Because Ravenna isn’t only famous for its byzantine mosaics, its coastal night life and its subsidence. It’s also famous for its mosquitos.




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I am permanently in love. Things I like: purple, pasta, silk, autumn, the smell of mould, candles, cachi, having friends, water, new things, rice, eggs (all eggs!), fresh grass, olive trees, shiny things, glitter, hanging objects, windcatchers, wind, couscous, wasabi, carnivores, presents, snow, leaves, orchids, feathers, cappelletti, meat, fruit (all fruit), more del gelso (Morus alba L.), pigs, candles, christmas, polenta fritta!, separating egg whites from yokes in my hands, cartoons, dragons, the ocean, nudibranchi, cows, mercury (the metal), cosmos (the flowers), thunderstorms, Mika, turtles, acquariums, green and blue (mixed), siccamores, spring, snails, 24, porc with a sweet sauce (apple, cranberry, tomatoes jam), looking at a swimming pool upsidedown and underwater, english accent, open-minded people, driving, blue skies, checkered tablecloths, butterflies, books and cartoons in rhyme, painting eggs, the star-shadows that football players have, silver, laughing, Vivaldi, bells and chimes, white and purple, creating. Complete Happiness: Early morning. Sun, with a breeze; a pond with water lilies. A house, with a garden, full of plants. A vegetable patch, lemon, orange and mandarin trees. Cosmos everywhere. Birds in the trees; a tortoise eating the salad from the vegetable patch; a mammal (I couldn’t decide which one would make me happier) close by. No houses for as far as the eye can see. Me, a man that loves me and that I love. Friends coming over for a lunch that I have to prepare, and have all the ingredients for all ready in the kitchen.

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