Cagliari Cross Roads

Cagliari-Piazza Giacomo Matteotti

Spherical Pano Cagliari Cross Roads

Major Sardinian transport ways meet at Piazza Giacomo Matteotti (1885 – 1924), the central city Cagliari cross roads. Standing near the bust for the national hero, ‘a Verdi 1919’ it reads, so may it be the composer honoring the leader of the socialist party and strong opponent of Benito Mussolini (1883 – 1945), who was murdered with a carpenter’s file in 1924, a year before Italian fascists grabbed power and installed dictatorship in Italy; you turn around clockwise and see the port, the bus station, the railway station, the Catalan-Gothic town hall with Liberty style decorations (Palazzo Civico, 1907), the avenue of largo Carlo Felice (King of Sardinia, 1821 – 1831) and the boulevard of via Roma (1883).

The night before leaving for the family in the Netherlands, I quickly shoot some goodbye pictures in all directions, hoping to keep up with the changing light of the setting sun. The ghosts of African and Asian vendors preferring to remain anonymous turn with me, while leaving their merchandise fleetingly unattended under the purple clouds and pale moon of the late December, early evening sky.

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