I took this photo yesterday at the beginning of viale Eritrea in the neighborhood known at the Quartiere Africano (most of the streets are named after African countries). I’ve been meaning to get a shot of one of these lottery kiosks for quite some time because they always make me laugh. You’ll find them all over, selling not just lottery tickets, but often bus tickets and sometimes cell phone top ups. This is one of the oddities in Italy to me still, that you find such random specialized things, like a booth made just for selling lottery tickets. I think of this photo as a bit of a companion to my In attesa shot.
The Quartiere Africano is kind of a strange place in and of itself and I remember looking at a few apartments here when I first arrived. Viale Libia is huge and has a lot of shopping, which is nice for people who live out here because it means you don’t have to go into the center. Politically the area is very “nero,” and all over the place you’ll find posters for the Forza Nuova and huge memorials to members of the Fascist party, such a Paolo di Nella, who was killed by a blow to the head in 1982 while pasting up political manifestos. It makes you remember that political tension in this country is something still very alive and well.