Maria Giovanna Giugliano

Llua

Llua is when the sun comes out and the elders gather by the port’s benches. Llua is when guys stand around chatting and smoking cigarettes. Llua is a word without a precise translation even in Italian. It comes from the ancient Catalan and stands for a mindset unique to Alghero, a coastal city located in Sardinia, Italy.

As the summer’s warmth begins to fade, the city is blanketed by quiet. Alghero, beyond the postcard facade, appears like a place suspended, waiting for something that might never come. Llua reveals a reality related to many other cities dealing with seasonal waves. The territory and climate deeply affect the inhabitants as they experience the consequences of the off-season and the absence of their vital resource: tourism.


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