La Vedovella del Castello Sforzesco, Milano

Milan (Italy). One – and probably the first – upside of having a photoblog in English, is that my posts are more or less accessible to everyone from different parts of the world. The problem comes when I have to translate something of “very local”, such as the word “Vedovella”…

Vedovella is the endearment of “vedova” (the English word “widow“) and here in Milan the term “vedovella” is used for the numerous fountains positioned all around the city (it seems there are some 500 fountains in Milan, as confirmed by this interactive map on line). The name “vedovella” is given by the fact that these fountains “cry” for the whole day, 24/7, exactly as a widow does (or is supposed to do). Another name used for these fountains is a more exotic “Drago Verde” (green dragon) for the shape of the faucet and the color of the body. However, I prefer the name “vedovella”, it’s much more romantic and poetic…

One of the things I love to do during my lunch break is walking around my office photographing all the interesting things around me (here’s the name and the philosophy of my photoblog). It’s a good excuse to move my legs, to oxygen my brain and to stimulate my curiosity – even for things that I have seen thousands of times – moving my concentration to something different than business. It’s not easy returning to work after this sort of evasion, but at least I enjoyed my lunch break much more than if I stayed at my desk working (as I’m going to do right now…)

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