I took this photo in a Naples back street on an amazing guided Vespa tour of the Italian city. My guide, an archaeologist called Emilio, collected me from my hotel and took me around the main sites as well as some less well-known places in the city. Here we are just about to go in to a Lotto shop to buy a ticket for the local lottery. I found the experience fascinating because before we bought our ticket the shop owner (who can just be seen through the window in the photo) consulted a vast and aged book to interpret our dreams and to tell us which numbers to pick. It was a very serious business. We don’t win.
About Gretta Schifano
I'm a freelance journalist and blogger specialising in family travel with teenagers, trips when parents manage to travel without their kids, and 50+ travel. I also write about vegetarian travel, parenting teenagers, adoption, SEN, ADHD and anxiety. My work's been published by the Financial Times, Guardian, Independent, National Geographic Traveller, Lonely Planet and others. I've lived and worked in Italy and Spain and am now based in rural south-east England with my husband, adoptive and birth kids and our dog. I previously worked as a social action radio producer for the BBC.
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