Aliano at 2:00 in the afternoon

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Ian @ Wilmar on May 24, 2007

This is the piazza in 'Gagliano' - as he names Aliano - Carlo Levi describes so often in Christ Stopped at Eboli. On the right at the end of that street is the wall where the patriarchs sat in the evening. I loved the atmosphere in Aliano, where I witnessed the timeless spectacle of a farmer and his mule coming up at noon from the sparse fields, a few straggly vegetables in a basket on the animal's back; perhaps predictably, the 21 year old waitress in the cafe shrouded by bushes - who thankfully spoke better English than I did Italian - yearned to be in London. These hilltop villages are much cosier than they appear on approach.

marcocesena on September 22, 2007

YES ALIANO is a magic and beautiful little hill village. you should read SEASONS IN BASILICATA, by Yeadon David, who lived a year in Aliano

Ian @ Wilmar on September 22, 2007

Thank you. I have just ordered that book. I've also just enrolled on an Italian course at Glasgow University. If I'm lucky enough to visit Aliano again, perhaps I'll be able to talk to people properly. And I'll make sure I arrive before 12.00!! Ian

marcocesena on September 22, 2007

i VE LIVED IN ALIANO for some weeks last year, for working on my university thesis, Aliano is my fav place in the world, I hope to live there one day

I ve made a thesis about Christ stopped in Eboli.

You should read the book I told you, it's beautiful, and I ve met all people the writer named in his book and became friend with during the year he lived in Aliano

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