Category: Italy

The fountain at Piazza Navona

I recently came across this Fountain Photo Challenge and I thought I’d take part. Although the overall theme is fountains, each month has a specific theme. May’s is “fountains with people on or in them” I went through my photos and found one that brought back great memories: the fountain at Piazza Navona in Rome.…

Piazza Navona fountain

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What to see in Volterra, Tuscany

Volterra. Velathri. Volaterrae. The area has appealed to settlers since the Neolithic Age for its advantageous location on top of a hill and natural resources. The Etruscans founded the town of Velathri on this hill and fortified it in the 4th century BC. In the 3rd century BC, the Etruscans realized it was pointless to…


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Fantastic Florence

We visited Florence on a Sunday in April. We drove from our agriturismo in the countryside. Thankfully, traffic was rather scarce and we were able to navigate our way to a private parking garage. Our car, a vintage 1965 Alvis, attracted a lot of attention even from the parking attendant. Our first stop was Santa…


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Postcards from Pisa

I’m trying to figure out how to operate the parking meter but my Italian isn’t good enough to understand the instructions. A young African street vendor comes up to me to try and help. I instinctively raise my hand to stop him. It makes me nervous when a stranger offers unsolicited help; I can’t help…

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