When I asked locals what’s giving Ghent its edge, they all replied that Ghent is a rebellious city. I’ve spoken with artists, students and middle-aged people from different backgrounds and interests and, although each one understood this trait slightly differently -stubbornness, vanguard, insurgency, critical thought, independence, unconventionality-, they all agreed in portraying Ghent as a city that can’t be -and won’t be- anyhow controlled.
Speaking of Urbex in Italy… I’ve kept the pictures of Racconigi mental asylum in my phone for almost one year. I’ve back-up them on every possible device and yet I was unable to delete them from the one device I always carry with me, and I became addicted to browsing through them and feeling the eerie atmosphere of that place once again.
‘Listen’, ‘Pss’, ‘Grr’. So many voices are coming out from the funnels hung on the ceiling that I can’t hear mine. Suddenly, everything is quiet for a few seconds, but even the silence –at this point- gets me muddled. Then, again, more voices are calling to me: ‘Look’, ‘Ehi’, ‘Pss’, ‘Woof’. Calls, bleary sounds, background noises that were scattered through the days of those people who used to live inside this very building, the psychiatric hospital of Santa Maria della Pietà in Rome.
THE ABANDONED MENTAL ASYLUM AND ‘SAN FINOCCHI’ CEMETERY IN VOLTERRA
THE COPPER MINE IN MONTECATINI VALDICECINA
Volterra & Valdicecina || more information:
More about Volterra here
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Just the kind of information I would have loved to find on-line before my arrival (and trust me when I say that I’ve been looking for it all around the web…)
PEEK THROUGH | You find both the abandoned mental asylum of Volterra and the former copper mine of Montecatini in my video “6 days in Tuscany…in 60 seconds“
Check out my ‘Abandoned Italy‘ series!
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