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The shadows fall vertically on Cathedral square in Terralba. Few brave people cross the churchyard and the streets under the sweltering July sun. A group of retirees chat about the benches, protected by the trees. “The restoration of the Old Tower of Marceddì? A well done thing, important both for the village and for Terralba. I was a builder, I am really curious to see how it will look like when the work is done", says Mr. Marras, who was assigned by the group to answer.

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The Covid-19 emergency did not prevent over 450 pupils from 23 Sardinian middle school classes from participating to the "Attitudide Ocean Award", a prize born from the collaboration between the MEDSEA Foundation and COR36, organizer of the PRADA Cup - regattas of selection for the Challengers of the 36th America's Cup. The prize, initially linked to the Cagliari stage of the World Series, later canceled due to the quarantine, has had the goal to promote a path of awareness on the issues of the sustainable use of the sea.

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It is said that the engineer Luigi Conti Vecchi asked if Sardinia was touched by the mistral. A curious doubt to be thought in front of the large square that leads to his salt pans, where the north-west wind upsets the tufts of palm trees, sending a rustling sound through the air, and from the bottom it smoothly snatch away scent of rosemary. Clouds broken into flocks run through the blue.

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“We opened in early April. The distribution was expected to last only for the lockdown period. Then May arrived, and now we are thinking about June. Then, who knows”, says Alessandro Cao, while the team of volunteers he coordinates runs along with the perfect mechanism of the food distribution center of the Cagliari fair, managed by Caritas and created to support all those who to escape the pandemic have sunk in poverty .

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In the Greek world, the epidemic is deeply linked to the idea of siege. The archetypal image is offered by the plague narrated by Thucydides (The Peloponnesian War II 49-57). In 430 BC the Spartans raged in the countryside of Attica and the citizens of Athens locked themselves up inside the city walls, while the fleet counterattacked by sea. The balance, a tragic sign of a conflict that will mark the beginning of the end of a civilization, seems to be able to resist.

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