A palimpsest is a manuscript page, either from a scroll or a book, from which the text has been either scraped or washed off so that the page can be reused, for another document.
I remember being introduced to that word, palimpsest, and its meaning back in university and falling madly in love with the idea of it. I love discovering layers and traces ... old stories, other stories.
But perhaps Genova's caruggio walls work in much the same way for me. They tell stories over stories over stories in a way that becomes beautiful.
And Genova's Palazzo Ducale is more tempting than most. Whoever organises their cultural events is surely nothing less than a genius. I also missed a Robert Capa exhibition there back in summer ... I imagined I would return before it was finished.
And so ... a wall in a caruggi somewhere in the ancient city of Genova.