Domenico Magni - 1917

A veritable treasure trove of memories, writer Domenico Magni provides a fascinating glimpse of the final chapter in the history of the former Convent of Santa Marta. Previously a French and Austrian barracks, a hospital and an army bakery, by the time of the Great War the building had been reduced to a derelict state.
Remember back when the oft-disparaged rations card was used to limit the consumption of foodstuff – or rather to ensure its rational distribution? Well, at that time, the cloister of the Santa Marta convent and the connected buildings housed the municipal foodstores. […]
The whitewashed walls contained areas left uncovered, in which the past could be glimpsed through faded, indistinct fragments of frescoes, and grass peeped out among the paving stones.