#19 Sant’Antioco – Departure

About to leave to Carloforte, just in front of this place, a few miles away.

In Sant’Antioco there are two totally different municipalities: Sant’Antioco and Calasetta. In Sant’Antioco we met some truly special people, Barbara and Simona from Cooperativa Sociale Le Api, which has nothing to do with honey! These girls and their colleagues work on the education of disabled people, with a really human approach. Furthermore, the province of Sulcis Iglesiente, to which Sant’Antioco belongs, is the poorest province in Italy and one with a way higher percentage of genetical diseases than the world average, clearly – I say that – because of the presence of mines and heavy factories since decades now. Yet these guys are fighting and made it to create such an activity that works nicely for both the “patients” and the employees, who are paid for their job and happy.
As a side project, the Associazione Le Rondini “NEW” just equipped the first beach in Sardinia where people with serious motion diseases can even “swim” in the sea!

In Calasetta, on the other hand, I will meet on Saturday the guys from the Fondazione MACC, an incredible contemporary arts museum for such a small place as Calasetta. An artist from Chile and one from Sardinia are secretly preparing a live performance in between geology, weaving, and music…

Posted on: 20.Jun.2018   Leave a comment

#18 La Maddalena – Departure

We leave behind La Maddalena, as well. An incredible archipelago ruled, maybe more than any other place in the Mediterranean, by the wind, which from either side channels into the Bonifacio Strait and shapes places and people.

It’s a land which attracts many interests, then, sometimes sadly with a colonization-like approach only oriented to business and tourism. Therefore it’s a land where bold choices need be done, because the anthropic pressure is huge despite the small available space between and on the islands. It’s not an hazard that this is the first island where I’m asked to pay for. Maribelle’s mooring (well, I paid in the previous one, Capraia, too, but the context was very different).

I met a special, unforgettable guy, though. His name is Antonello Tovo, a natural born skipper from here who funded an association called Acque Libere (Free Waters). There, handicapped – but not only – people learn to sail autonomously. At the same time they are thought a different message, one of slowness, of community, one that comes and belongs to an island which always was an island of sailors, of pirates too, people who owned their own destiny, their own islands, their own identity.


Posted on: 14.Jun.2018   Leave a comment