I appreciate the process of discussing in public the worthiness of a removed portal.
I am sure you will notice that the only Enlightened who has commented so far was +Walter Lucetti
: leaving aside that in his comment in Italian he appears to be more concerned about the removal of another portal, nevertheless he clearly complains that the portal removed required "una lunga camminata (scalata e` piu` corretto)": the translation of this sentence is "a long walk (climbing is more appropriate)".+NIA Ops
will appreciate that no other objection about this portal has been made.
The walk to the portal is part of a longer walk which takes the hikers to the peak of Monte Folgorito: I mentioned this walk in my appeal, additional information about the walk are available in English here http://www.turismomassacarrara.it/en/discover/itineraries_1/pasquilio_monte_folgorito_pasquilio.aspx
for example. It is positively not
a climbing: as I mentioned in my appeal, the portal can be easily reached biking a mountain bike. The area hosting the portal is a very popular picnic site for the locals: if I remember correctly, the first time I was there it was for an Easter day picnic with my parents, and I was 7: my little sister came along, she was 4 at the time: really a lovely spot.+NIA Ops
will forgive me if I add a comment, now. The area I live (Massa) was deeply interested by the fights during the last months of WWII: the Gothic Line cut across the area, and thousands of civilians died at both sides of the Line: for example, in the village of Sant'Anna di Stazzema, 560 civilians were killed in retaliation (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sant%27Anna_di_Stazzema_massacre
). We have a lot of memorials which remind us of those times, they are part of our heritage and of our cultural background. As +NIA Ops
can imagine, as Ingress players we did ask for some of these memorials to be a portal: many of these portals are up in the mountains, where "things happened".
I trust that +NIA Ops
will kindly check that these portals (which mean so much for the locals) will not be removed for the trivial whim of a player who would like to get to all portals driving a car.
Thanks for your attention, +NIA Ops