The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge provides the theme of Variations on a Theme.
Last year’s vacation in Italy provided a theme that thrives in the narrow streets and alleys, as well as the doorways of antiquity and the middle ages: portals in many varieties!
Going back into Roman times in Ostia Antica, the old harbor of Rome, the portal was often the entrance into the yard. On the Forum Romanum, portals were a key part of larger structures and the entryways between different sections. In the hill towns of Tuscany, such as Montepulciano and Pienza, the narrow streets and alleys are filled with arches that create portals throughout.
Italy is filled with beautiful architecture, scenery, food, and, most of all, friendly people, which makes it a stunning vacation country!
Here are some of these portals and arches…
Hope you enjoy this short trip through Italy and have a wonderful day!