2012-06-23T09:38:12.515+02:00The asylum of Rovigo, over the years has gone into complete disuse, and in a total state of abandon. Visitors to this year, were the vandals, the sightseers, photographers, and nostalgic as the friend Roberto, who occasionally goes inside to check if everything "is OK", and there are no suspects or vandals (perhaps thieves) which they take away something. But inside there is nothing left except some pavilions where even the USL Rovigo keeps paper files.Nothing has been done up to these days to get this beautiful space with adjoining park. Sorry to see the whole thing into disuse, thinking that many years ago was populated by hundreds of people from the community mental asylum.This is my modest contribution to make known to those who have never personally seen a place like this, particularly, fascinating and disturbing.The "photographic research" lasted several months, sharing photos, depending on the structure of the pavilion and visited. the first at the top an old calculator "Olivetti Divisumma"The Holy Bible resting on a bed; across the room, what is it?, Three chairs waiting .... A "Cardioline"; an old polishing machine; rays of sunshine.An old pressing machine; an old story, "Days of Autumn".[...]
2012-06-18T10:11:30.552+02:00In this post, I will tell you of an abandoned asylum in northeastern of Italy, in the province of Rovigo. On 29 November 1929, named after King Vittorio Emanuele III, was inaugurated the new psychiatric hospital in Rovigo. On 20 March were received the first tranches of male patients from the asylum of St. Servolo in Venice, and two days later came the sick "banked" in Noventa Vicentina, while simultaneously beginning the service was first provincial agreement.The Institute could well activate fully, accepting and withdrawing patients also scattered in other places like hospitals and nursing until then unexpended for that purpose so that the June 1, 1930 are 350 units were received, of which 199 men and 131 women.Since then and for 50 years, until 1980, the Psychiatric Hospital of Rovigo acquitted the function of shelter and care for the entire province of Rovigo, welcoming thousands of patients, the specific task of total institution, which was a deputy under psychiatric law then in force. From the book "The place of feelings denied."Thank you for supporting Roberto Costa, who worked in the hospital as a volunteer facilitator and party entertainment that took place between patients and entertainers. Photo Description: A bench near the pavilion of women; a hat forgotten; death certificates; archives of patients.Three waiting rooms; the kitchen, a room for patients; old furniture.[...]
2012-06-18T10:14:11.868+02:00During the visit, the impressions are of the strangest. A mental hospital, I had never "visited" the great and long dormitories where dozens of inmates were walking back and forth for hours and hours without a goal being pumped full of drugs gets goose bumps; therapeutic treatments in those years were always the same; electroshock, insulin therapy, psychotropic drugs. Only with the Law Basaglia, there have been significant advances in the care of the person and not the "mad as defined number." The structure, immense, with the adjoining park, looks like two concentric circles; the outer part is divided into pavilions called "people first, people second, third men, women first, women second, third women).Within the departments' first men and women ", were hospitalized patients without" hope ", defined crazy and treated with therapies described above. The Shock clearly in the lead. A special note and reported by Roberto excited, reported that patients of these pavilions being incapacitated, were "washed with water jet pump," testimony given by the sister of Roberto as a nurse in the asylum.The remaining pavilions "second and third" were intended, the first patients to be recovered, while the second patient to exit the "tunnel". On the inside of the circle, were the work activities, the workshop, departments working men and women (those homes), laundry, ironing, cooking, church, gardens, and other activities of the community mental asylum.In short, a veritable citadel of self-sufficient in all respects. An enclosed "outsiders," however, surrounded by the river Adigetto like a castle without a drawbridge (up to Basaglia law that lowered it and gave the opportunity for many patients to reintegrate into everyday life). During the visit, another thing struck me in spite of many years have passed from the closing (1997), the smell. The smell of old, weird not know how to explain the smell, the smell of old person. The walls are still impregnated with this odor, strong and persistent.Photo Description: Cobwebs; badges of recognition of patients; rubble; abandoned syringes.The morgue; the fountain in the ancient garden; abandoned X-rays.Shoes abandoned; isolation room; isolation ward psychiatric.[...]
2012-06-09T12:39:34.762+02:00It is not difficult to meet the Ghost of Mulino Stucky in full moon nights. This time it is shown above the Ponte Molin near the Stazione Marittima with its inevitable wake.. (image) (image)
2012-05-24T00:24:18.516+02:00Villa Pisani, also called the National, is one of the most famous examples of Venetian villa on the Riviera del Brenta, located in Stra, near Venice, overlooking the Brenta Canal. It is now a national museum, which houses works of art and furniture of the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.At the time of building the villa had 114 rooms (now 168), in tribute to 114 ° Venetian doge Alvise Pisani. Its monumentality has meant that the villa was often chosen as a residence or as a venue for meetings between monarchs and heads of state or government; Villa Pisani has hosted, among others, Napoleon Bonaparte in 1807 who bought it from the Pisani Family to the viceroy of Italy Eugene de Beauharnais. In 1814 the villa became the property of the Habsburgs, and becoming a resort hosting the European aristocracy, by Charles IV of Spain, Zar Alexander I to Ferdinand II of Bourbon, King of Naples. In 1866, the year of the annexation of Venice to the kingdom of Italy, Villa Pisani became state property, losing the function of representation and becoming, in 1884, museum. In 1934 he hosted the first official meeting between Mussolini and Hitler. [...]
2012-05-09T13:15:49.840+02:00"Boy with frog" is the famous statue of the artist Charles Ray that is located at the Punta della Dogana.The work was built in 2009, is in white steel and measures over 2.5 meters, was commissioned by tycoon Francois Pinault for the reopening of Punta della Dogana, the new museum of contemporary art in Venice, created by major restoration of the huge ancient Dogana da Mar..
2012-04-30T08:17:24.988+02:00Corte. The court is named for "backyard" typical term of toponymy in Venice. It turns out to be a small square surrounded by houses and only has an entrance (which is also the output). The court may also have an outlet of a channel and sometimes the wellhead. There are some "short" smaller, called "cortesele".(image)
2012-04-30T08:09:53.284+02:00Calle de le Chiovere_Cannaregio_Old Jewish Ghetto.
2012-04-21T11:12:18.066+02:00One of the many nights spent in Venice in the Cannaregio Sesitere, you can visit the charmingly Ghetto of Venice, rich in history, very impressive.
2012-04-14T18:54:19.062+02:00After the rain, the Square, so it appeared reflective and luminescent. I'll show you how it looks.
2012-04-10T12:29:00.607+02:00Hilton Molino Stucky Venice Hotel
2012-04-04T01:18:23.505+02:00Venezia_Ponte del Piovan o Del Volto_Sestiere di Cannaregio
Very good, very good. No person, none of anybody. At 4 and 27 of the morning all is quiet. Venice is beautiful by day but at night is another thing.
Tomorrow, for the reader, once again be walking the streets of Venice, losing myself for the umpteenth time. Photographic tour times: from 22 to 7. Venice I'm coming, prepare a cup of coffee for me.
2012-03-29T18:49:29.510+02:00The district (Sestiere) is one of six areas in which it divided the city of Venice. Corresponds to the neighborhood of other cities, which ideally represented the fourth part of the Roman camp, the ideal scheme of construction of a large number of towns in Europe.
2012-03-13T19:05:41.397+01:00All is quiet, no tourists, very strange, is not it? The blue hour this morning at 5.30 was very intense. You can see the color of the sky not processed.
Digital Rebel, along with a team of 5 (for now) amateurs, participates in the National Photographic Contest "Comuni-Italiani.it-2012 Edition".The theme of Bridges and Squares in Italy. At midnight, tonight, I was in Venice.There I was up at 7 this morning. Crazy? Maybe. But the surreal atmosphere, without people, just me with the camera, is an unforgettable experience. I have lost at least 3 times in the streets. But it was nice. Were conducted almost 400 shots in RAW, about 6 gigs of photographic material. I'll be busy for a few days. Stay updated with other interesting photos.
Il Ponte degli Scalzi
The Ponte degli Scalzi,literally, "bridge of the barefoot (monks)",is one of only four bridges in Venice, Italy, to span the Grand Canal.The bridge connects the sestieri of Santa Croce and Cannaregio. On the north side, Cannaregio, are the Chiesa degli Scalzi (Church of the Barefoot or Discalced Monks) and the Santa Lucia (Ferrovia) railway station. The south side, Santa Croce, is close to the bus station Piazzale Roma.(image)
2012-02-29T04:47:10.711+01:00Dear friends, during the summer of last year, precisely in the months between June and August, I gave the photo hunt, for the first time.I bought a Sigma telephoto stabilized 120_400 used in combination with my old EOS 350D and the early morning, before sunrise, I built a hut near some mimetic artificial lakes. These, in disuse for several years and owned a sugar mill, fed by rainwater. The aquatic fauna that I found I was amazingly surprised.In this post, I present you a very nice friend, who by his presence has accompanied this photo hunt lasting three months.The pictures you see were taken in manual, as the sudden changes of light on water, reflections, suffered from the photo taken. Also, after I made the camouflage tent and walked in, I made little noise as possible, avoiding the move. A suffering with mosquitoes and other annoying presences always present. But it was great and this year I'll just make the photo hunt. Sorry as always for the translation. The knight of Italy (Himantopus himantopus, Linnaeus 1758) is a marsh bird of the family of Recurvirostridi. Adults are 33 to 40 cm long and can weigh 200 g.Compared to the size, this bird has the longest legs of all bird life: they can grow up to 30 cm in length. During the flight, the flapping of wings, alternating with short glides and feet out from the length of the body, giving the rider in Italy an elegant look. They have a long beak, black and thin, the body has the upper parts black, contrasting with bright white undersides. The eye has an iris red, with a very large pupil: 'what does look like the eye of the knight of Italy to that of a baby mammal.The male differs from female in spring and summer, the back of the head black.[...]
2012-02-05T18:11:31.819+01:00The returnDear friends, this trip was successfully completed. It 'was a beautiful sunny day and we again visited Venice, but not the last. It 'a good workout photo. These photos were taken during the trip back to the mainland. In this case, usually without the help of the ferry and I must say that the path is very interesting and has many positive surprises. Enjoy and see you next post.The clock towerThe Clock Tower on the main facade has a beautiful face to the Square with blue enamel and gilding that shows the signs of the zodiac with the moon phases and of course to mark the hours. The terrace of the clock tower at its center, a bell is struck every hour by the "Moors".The bridges of VeniceThe bridges of Venice are more than 400 public and private, most of them built in stone, other materials used are wood and iron. The bridges connect each of the 116 islands that make up the city, across 176 waterways, known as "canals"Old buildings inhabited by ghosts, the smell of old things from the narrow streets, the atmosphere hushed in time that does not want to ever make you sink into a magical dimension, hardly understandable by those who have never been and that "surely "at least once, the will visit.As always, sorry for the translation.[...]
2012-01-21T12:55:45.583+01:00The prisonsThe prisons were in Venice in the Palazzo Ducale. The most inhospitable were placed on the ground floor, in what were called the wells, and cells were eighteen wood-paneled, dark and gloomy corridors only with communicating.Here the living conditions were really terrible under the wooden boards lurking insects of all kinds, food was scarce and inedible, the air stifling, overcrowded environments..Were housed in the attic room, however, the famous Leads. They owe their name to the lead plates that covered the roofs, making the rooms very hot summer and cold in winter. They were generally targeted at the most high-ranking prisoners or prisoners on remand.The most illustrious guest of lead was Giacomo Casanova, ended up in jail for a long string of crimes and protagonist of the most famous and daring of the joints: the roofs are gone, Casanova managed to slide down a gutter, to slip inside the Palace and to be open, then quietly to escape on board a gondola. Not before, according to legend, enjoy a coffee in Piazza San Marco.The New Prisons, however, were over the Rio di Palazzo, and they entered through the famous Bridge of Sighs -(Ponte Dei Sospiri).Legend has it that this bridge would feel the sighs of the condemned, and were taken to prison. The Bridge of Sighs, which contains two overlapping corridors, served as a liaison between the Old Prison, in the Palazzo Ducale, and the New Prisons, on the seaward side of the Rio di Palazzo. His arched profile, suspended over the water of the Rio di Palazzo, draws one of the most famous of the city.[...]
2012-01-15T05:12:04.992+01:00The Ducal PalaceA masterpiece of Gothic art, the Doge's Palace is an impressive structure of layers of building elements and ornamentation by the ancient foundations, the fourteenth-fifteenth of the whole, to the renaissance additions and opulent Mannerist details.Consists of three large buildings that have put together the old buildings:The wing to the Basin of San Marco (which contains the Hall of Great Council) and is the oldest, rebuilt in 1340; The wing on the Square (formerly Palace of Justice) with the Hall of Scrutiny, whose construction began in its present form since 1424; The Renaissance wing, with the Doge's residence and many government offices, rebuilt between 1483 and 1565.The entrance for the public to the Ducal Palace is the Gate of wheat, so called because it was next to the '"Office of the Blade," which opens under the portico of the facade facing the fourteenth-century St. Mark's Basin. The ground floor housed the public services and the Museum of the Opera, the area of the old kitchens of the Doge, which now houses a cafe-bar, is equipped to house temporary exhibitions.The path to the upper rooms of the building first passes through the magnificent courtyard, and continues with the plan of the lodges and visit the precious rooms of the Doges, the first floor, and Institutional rooms are located on the second floor and Lodges of the plan, ending finally with a visit to the Armoury and Prisons (next post).[...]
2012-01-10T19:54:40.015+01:00St Mark's BasilicaThe Patriarchal Cathedral Basilica of Saint Mark (officially known in Italian as the Basilica Cattedrale Patriarcale di San Marco and commonly known as Saint Mark's Basilica) is the cathedral church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, northern Italy.It is the most famous of the city's churches and one of the best known examples of Byzantine architecture. It lies at the eastern end of the Piazza San Marco, adjacent and connected to the Doge's Palace.Originally it was the chapel of the Doge, and has only been the city's cathedral since 1807, when it became the seat of the Patriarch of Venice, archbishop of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Venice, formerly at San Pietro di Castello.For its opulent design, gilded Byzantine mosaics, and its status as a symbol of Venetian wealth and power, from the 11th century on the building has been known by the nickname Chiesa d'Oro (Church of gold).The buildingThe first St Mark's was a temporary building in the Doge's Palace, constructed in 828, when Venetian merchants stole the supposed relics of Mark the Evangelist from Alexandria. This was replaced by a new church on its present site in 832; from the same century dates the first St Mark's Campanile (bell tower).The new church was burned in a rebellion in 976, rebuilt in 978 and again to form the basis of the present basilica since 1063. The basilica was consecrated in 1094, the same year in which the body of Saint Mark was supposedly rediscovered in a pillar by Vitale Faliero, doge at the time.The building also incorporates a low tower (now housing St Mark’s Treasure),believed by some to have been part of the original Doge's PalaceWithin the first half of the 13th century the narthex and the new façade were constructed, most of the mosaics were completed and the domes were covered with higher wooden, lead-covered domes in order to blend in with the Gothic architecture of the redesigned Doge's Palace.[...]