Enamored throughout antiquity

Love is in the aire

The WordPress Daily Post prompt has the lovely theme of Enamored; definitely this is something that most of us humans can relate.

The prompt immediately made me think of one of the images that I captured during our Italian vacation.  While visiting the stunning excavations in Ostia Antica, we came across this lovely statue…

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Cupid and Psyche

These star-crossed lovers from times long past are not from Verona, which provided them with a far less tragic fate!  The excavations are well worth a couple of days of exploration, as they provide a wonderful picture of life in the olden days.

Hope you enjoy!

Shiny moment in Chiusdino

Shining light

The WordPress Weekly Photo Challenge has the wonderful theme of ooh, Shiny!; of course, this did generate some ideas, but I landed somewhere unexpected….

As I still had my Lightroom catalog from our trip to la Bella Italia open, why not take a browse?  That led me to the little village of Chiusdino, nearby where we stayed in the hamlet of Colordesoli (37 inhabitants).  It was a wonderful stay that allowed us to find the Abbey of San Galgano…

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Abbey of San Galgano

A simple iPhone image, as we were just wandering around on our first day in Tuscany.  The location was simple magic and filled with spiritual energy, that was amplified by the stunning Sun!

Hope you enjoy!

A Walk across the Forum – pt. 3

Foro Romano e Palatino!

As I’m off to Israel for a week for business (sorry no time for photography), I thought I’d prepare a couple of blog posts in advance.  I’m flying Alitalia from Boston to Rome to Tel Aviv, so it’s only appropriate to have this post scheduled for the time that I spend about an hour and a half at the Leonardo da Vinci airport outside Roma.

This third installment of images is somewhat larger, but there are still more to come!

The views in this set are across multiple directions of the Palatine Hill and capture some of the key elements that stand out.  There is so much to see that we could have spent the entire day exploring.

A Walk Across the Forum – pt. 2

Passing through the ages

We very much enjoyed our visit to the Forum in Roma.  After all, the Forum was for centuries the center of Roman public life: the site of triumphal processions and elections; the venue for public speeches, criminal trials, and gladiatorial matches; and the nucleus of commercial affairs. Here statues and monuments commemorated the city’s great men. The teeming heart of ancient Rome, it has been called the most celebrated meeting place in the world, and in all history. Located in the small valley between the Palatine and Capitoline Hills, the Forum today is a sprawling ruin of architectural fragments and intermittent archaeological excavations attracting 4.5 million sightseers yearly.

Many of the oldest and most important structures of the ancient city were located on or near the Forum. The Roman Kingdom’s earliest shrines and temples were located on the southeastern edge. These included the ancient former royal residence, the Regia (8th century BC), and the Temple of Vesta (7th century BC), as well as the surrounding complex of the Vestal Virgins, all of which were rebuilt after the rise of imperial Rome.

Here’s another installment of images from this amazing location…

I hope you enjoy them!

Tuscan Rooftops – pt. 1

Shouting about rooftops!

During our vacation in Italy, I got plenty of opportunity to photograph the rooftops in a number of cities.  So, why not do a series of posts on rooftops.

This first installment is from the lovely hilltown of Massa Marittima.  In this town, we encountered some of the longest, steep climbs, as we made our way to the top to climb even further up the Torre del Candeliere, which provided the first view…

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Looking over Massa Marittima

The second image is from walking along those steep streets to catch wonderful views that combine both the old and new…

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Old and New

Many more to come!

Tuesday Photo Challenge – Steps

Going for a step or two

Welcome to Week 63 of the Tuesday Photo Challenge.

Last week’s responses were a pure symphony of wonderful images, prose and poetry!  I thoroughly enjoyed the way you embraced the theme and created amazing compositions.

This week, I’m going back to one of my old tricks…  The theme of Steps can be taken in several directions thanks to the English language.  Merriam Webster showed me 11 definitions, some of which were nuances, whereas others have completely separate definitions.  Therefore, it is your choice, whether these steps take you up (or down) or direct your path, or even are performed as part of a ballet!

Have fun with this theme and don’t skimp on creative direction, as I know you won’t!  Uncover some new steps, retrace some old ones or climb up and down, as in an M.C. Escher drawing.

One may wonder where these steps will lead us…

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Where do they lead?

As the observant reader of my blog will surmise, this is yet another image from my Italian vacation.  When we were in Massa Marittima, there were many steep streets followed, steps climbed and descended, as we came across some of the most amazing views at the top of the hill!

The full rules of this challenge are in TPC Guidelines, but here’s the tl;dr:

  • Write a post with an image for this week’s topic
  • Please tag your post with fpj-photo-challenge (if you’re not sure about how tags work, please check out this WordPress article about tagging posts)
  • Create a pingback link to this post, so that I can create a post showing all of the submissions over the week (note: pingbacks may not appear immediately, as my site is set up to require approval for linking to it; helps against previous bad experiences with spamming)
  • Have fun creating something new (or sharing something old)!!

So, don’t skip a step in your creative process, and step lively to sharing your photography and writing!

Walking through Montepulciano

A first look

Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill town and comune in the Italian province of Siena in southern Tuscany. It sits high on a 605-metre (1,985 ft) limestone ridge, 13 kilometres (8 mi) east of Pienza, 70 kilometres (43 mi) southeast of Siena, 124 kilometres (77 mi) southeast of Florence, and 186 kilometres (116 mi) north of Rome by car.

Montepulciano is a major producer of food and drink. Renowned for its pork, cheese, “pici” pasta, lentils, and honey, it is known worldwide for its wine. Connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile, which should not be confused with varietal wine merely made from the Montepulciano grape, among Italy’s best.

Walking through Montepulciano was an absolute joy with many small alleys and narrow streets that are always picturesque.  As you can see from the photos, you get a good workout, as many streets and alleys are steep.