Maria Giovanna Giugliano


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.