The magic door

The magic door

Just down the Via Sant’Agata, at no. 20, is a short flight of steps and a worn iron railing. Attached to the railing are three planters containing herbs. One is stuffed with cigarette butts, because you can no longer smoke inside bars in Italy (thank goodness). At the top of the steps is a dark oaken door with cast-iron fittings. Behind that door is another, with stained-glass cut in red and gold. The heavy limestone doorframe features garlands and ribbons centered on a broken shield. Above the lintel is a light. The light is bright green. The green light shows the way to Elfo’s.

This post is dedicated to Chris, Mac, and Shmed. Wish you were here.

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