A few months ago I undertook the adventure of touring the places where Friedrich Nietzsche lived. I'm accompanied by his books and the desire to understand his philosophy, which crossed my path when I was a teenager. Santa Margherita Ligure was a destination almost forced to visit.
In a tireless search for a temperate climate that relieves his physical and spiritual pains, Nietzsche had chosen Italy to live for several years. It was in this wonderful country where he worked on his most important books. In November 1880 he saw Genoa for the first time and chose it to spend his winters. In 1881 he wrote a letter to his friend Erwin Rohde where he said:
"When I walk through the heights of Genoa, there are times when I feel the same brightness and emotions that Columbus felt, perhaps in the same places, thrown into the sea and into the future." It was here that he received his first typewriter, which allowed him to continue his work despite the problems with his sight.
In Santa Margherita, he lived for a few months and when he returned to Genoa in Salita delle Battistine 8, he began to write: "Thus Spoke Zarathustra." First, I visited the house in Genoa, located in a small incline street of boulders, within the historic center of the city, and then Santa Margherita, where when I saw its forests of pine and olive trees, I imagined Zarathustra walking and giving his first teaching: The death of God. "In the morning I used to start out in a southerly direction up the glorious road to Zoagli, which rises aloft through a forest of pines and gives one a view far out into the sea. In the afternoon, as often as my health permitted, I walked around the whole bay from Santa Margherita to beyond Porto Fino. (...) It was on these two roads that all ‘Zarathustra’ came to me, above all Zarathustra himself as a type;—I ought rather to say that it was on these walks that these ideas waylaid me.” Nietzsche -
In the photo, I wait for the boat that will take me to Portofino.