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…
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!
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!
Flowers and the Basilica of Maxentius
Looking toward the Capitol
View toward Colosseum
Temple of Antonino and Faustina
View across Palatine toward Maxentius
Looking through and over the Basilica of Maxentius
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.
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…
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…
The second image is from walking along those steep streets to catch wonderful views that combine both the old and new…
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…
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:
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!
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.
Looking toward Montepulciano
Connecting with neighbors
Some streets are steep
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.
READ THE STORY AND FIND THE SONG - The story and the song have the same title, but are not necessarily about the same theme, however they are linked in some way and as you read the story you will find the song.