Covering an area 1700 hectares and encompassing 27 centuries of history within it, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Naples, is also one of the largest Historic Centres of Europe. Reputed to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the World, as well as the 9th most populous Urban areas in Europe. When viewed from the elevated position of Castel Sant”Elmo above the City, one gets an a better idea of just how dense this Historic Centre is.
Marble panels in various shades of green adorn the Duomo di Firenze (Florence Duomo). Dating back to 1436, the Cathederal is one of three buildings on the UNESCO World Heritage site within the historic centre of Florence. The building is situated on Piazza del Duomo, reputed to be one of Italys largest Churches, and home to the largest brick dome ever constructed. Green is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and abstract images of the Duomo are my response to the prompt.
I came across this busker while walking through one of Milan’s pedestrian only zones on a recent trip. Defying gravity while appearing to be completely still in a world that’s moving all around him, he attracted a lot of attention from passers by trying to work out how exactly he was able to be seated in that position without any apparent support. Any idea how he did that? :-):-) Magic is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of the busker are my response to the Challenge…
Cinque Terre in Italy refers to a group of five villages on the rugged coastline of the Italian Riviera. This UNESCO World Heritage site, comprises villages that are connected by a network of trails and paths, boats and trains. Vehicular access is extremely limited with almost no vehicular access to most of the Villages. Terraces have been carefully built on the rugged steep slopes, resulting in narrow walkways between buildings and different areas of the village. One wonders how these narrow high buildings on steep slopes get larger items like furniture delivered. Imagine trying to deliver a double bed, or heavy appliances like a fridge or washing machine to one of these areas…. not easy!! Narrow is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of some of these narrow walkways is my response to the prompt.
……….the journey continues …………..
After a long climb of 463 steps, you finally arrive at a walkway that circles the base of the dome of the Duomo in Florence. From here you are able to get a better look up at the 3600 sq m Fresco that adorns the inside of the dome. Reputed to be amongst the largest paintings in the world, designed and frescoed initially by Giorgio Vasari in the late 1500’s this representation of a large scene of the Last Judgement was later completed by Frederico Zuccari.
Look Up is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images looking up at the frescoes on the dome of Florence’s Duomo are my response to the prompt.
Standing on the Terrace of Castel Sant Elmo, the medieval fortress on a hilltop overlooking the City of Naples feels a bit like standing over a life size jigsaw puzzle, with all its pieces intact. Everything fits so perfectly into place, in a myriad of colours, patterns and materials, with absolutely nothing to spare. You almost get the impression that just even adding another little building in somewhere will disturb this perfectly complete puzzle :-). Spare is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week, and images of this “puzzle” are my response to the prompt.
Strangers, Friends or Neighbours, maybe family, Siblings, Parents, Children, perhaps Grandparents ? Locals or Tourists?, you never know for certain. Trio’s photographed at Public spaces on a recent trip to Italy, even the pigeons obliged ::-) Images in response to the Trio prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge this week.
With its 5 seaside villages each with colourful houses and ancient vineyards clinging on to steep terraces, and overlooking quaint harbours with colourful fishing boats Cinque Terre in Italy is indeed a Tourist hotspot in Summer. Surprisingly, this colourful atmosphere is not lost in the cold and wet winter months. Vivid is the prompt on the Weekly Photo Challenge, and images of colourful houses and boats at Manarola and Vernazza are my response to the prompt.