In the past year, many people around the world have struggled with a particular type of loss; the sadness of not taking a trip and the longing for experiences beyond the anomie of the supermarket. When this strong desire and impulse to wander the world fell victim to the pandemic in a turbulent 2020, we seemed at some point to be heading for an anticipatory dystopia. Who were we without traveling? What can we look forward to if no vacation abroad has been booked for the summer?
For the past 12 months we have hired artists, painters and illustrators from different cities around the world to paint a picture of what they see from their windows – real or imaginary. Most of the artists were confined to these cities during the global lockdowns, and all of them have a close connection to the place they illustrated.
Every artist has a “GRAZIA At Home City Guide” on their windowsill, insider guides to the cities that you have to visit when the world opens again. Every artist remembers past moments in these corners of the world; how they drank in the palaces, how they wandered the parks, and how they ate and ate and ate. There are also recommendations – local dishes, idioms, and lessons – so that you can imagine your own itinerary from the comfort of your home. Today we go to Bruneck in Italy.
There is a lot to love about the picturesque city of Bruneck. Nestled in the cascading mountains of the Puster Valley in the Italian province of South Tyrol, the city has a little over 16,000 inhabitants. Well-kept houses line the streets and you can hear the river very close by.
“I love the colors and details of the houses. I fell in love with her when I first arrived in this small town. ” Illustrator Giulia Neri says. As befits a small town, Neri remembers the greeting and the smiling passers-by. She loved the city so much as a tourist that she moved to Bruneck.
“It’s the beginning of my second life. I’ve come here on vacation for the past three years and I’ve stayed longer each year. One day when my vacation was almost over, I decided to stay without thinking about my previous life. I wanted to live and live here, so I stayed with my summer luggage. ”
“I come from a big city in Bologna, full of people who live their lives fast, who go shopping or walking on Sundays, who can go to the supermarket at 11pm if necessary. Everything is closed here on Sundays and on Saturdays the shops close at 6 p.m. The city is emptying. “
During this peaceful silence, Neri suggests a stroll around the city center; a sparkling apple juice in your hand – your favorite drink from the region. However, when the center is busy, aperitivo hour around WAINKs is a must (is there anything more Italian?) as is the elegant restaurant of Bernadi and White lamb.
Neri remembers having a “softer” lockdown in Brunico compared to the rest of Italy, but during her time at home she learned the importance of getting outdoors.
“I stayed home a long time during the first lockdown,” she says. “I don’t know how long, but it was long. Lockdowns after the first were softer because we were allowed to go for a walk, even if that wasn’t possible in other regions. “
Now the artist asks us: “Go into nature, wherever it is, and breathe.”
Follow Giulia Neri @Julandthefox
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