Sunday, May 31, 2015

Rough and Delicate / Old and New

Two images from a walk through farmland in the Le Marche region near Fabriano in Italy.

Saturday, May 30, 2015

Yellow Blooms in Le Marche

On the road below a Benedictine monastery near Fabriano, yellow adorns a station of the cross and a hedge overlooking a valley.

Friday, May 29, 2015

Spring Buds in Le Marche

A morning hike in the hills of the Le Marche region in northeastern Italy, 
near Fabriano, with the Apennines in the background.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

Assisi Snaps

A couple of photos that capture some glimpses of daily life in Assisi,
rather than the historical-theological aspects for which this town is noted.

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Monday, May 25, 2015

Horses on Mount Subasio

Mare with new foal

One of several small herds. Seeing so many horses was surprising.

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Rocky Path in Umbria

On the flank of Mt. Subasio, near Assisi. On the other side is a marble quarry.

Pointing to the place where Saint Francis went to meditate

Saturday, May 23, 2015


We wandered through Collepino (population 32–35), an ancient castle-village dating back to the 1200s, before setting out on our morning hike. Lots of stony picturesqueness.

Friday, May 22, 2015

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Two Walls in Osa

Two examples of the pleasures of hiking in the Umbrian countryside

This is the standard kind of beautifully weathered wall that one sees in uncountable numbers in Italy. That doesn't make it any less worth photographing.

This is more unusual: an old farm building on the wall of which the owner has hung tools in a way that suggests modern art.

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Osa Olive Trees

Osa is a lightly populated farming area in Umbria, with groves of old olive trees. It made for a pleasant morning hike.

Monday, May 18, 2015

Orvieto Cathedral Sculptures

Ippolito Scalza was the architect of the Orvieto Duomo, and the sculptor of several of its most important sculptures, including the Pieta and the Ecce Homo shown here. The Pieta was inspired by Michelangelo's, and is definitely of comparable caliber.

Sunday, May 17, 2015

Orvieto Cathedral Interior

The interior of the Duomo in Orvieto is both as somber and richly decorated as the exterior.

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Orvieto Cathedral Exterior Details

Fantastic fine detail is all over the surface of the Duomo. These are just a few small examples.

Friday, May 15, 2015

Orvieto Cathedral

The Orvieto Cathedral, or Duomo, is one of the great religious buildings: perhaps not as large as some of the more famous, but breathtaking in its detail and aesthetic quality.  Its construction spanned three centuries, starting in 1290. Over the next few days, I'll be posting pictures of its exterior and interior.

Soldiers on security detail, looking profoundly bored and useless.

Monday, May 11, 2015

Civita di Bagnoregio

According to WikiTravel, Civita di Bagnoregio is actually two towns: Civita (once the more populous but now reduced to six permanent inhabitants) is connected by a long and steep bridge to Bagnoregio. Civita is medieval, hardly touched by the Renaissance, but attracts plenty of modern tourists.