Up early this morning, train from Ravenna to Cervia. An hours walk to visit Colonia Montecatini and Varese, badly bitten by whatever kind of insects inhabit the pine woods and dunes. Signs of habitation in Varese but I didn’t see anyone. The land at the back has been carefully tended and a garden area in the middle. The building itself is dying and beyond restoration, ceilings collapsing and rusting steel reinforcements showing through decaying brick and concrete.
Then a three hour introduction to the work of the Osservatorio at Ravenna, in Italian. My concentration started to go in the final hour.