Oh Rome. Those golden sunsets will never get old.
A shady parking spot, thanks to a giant umbrella-like vine wrapped around (and totally obliterating) a street lamp.
I love how proper and distinguished this couple looks (well, minus the bright green baseball cap, maybe). The whole scene kind of looks like it could have come straight out of the '50s or '60s, actually... #notmynonni
This is Pitigliano, a town in the Maremma area of Tuscany that looks like it's sprouting out of – and about to topple off of – a rocky cliff. I'd seen numerous pictures of the town before finally getting the chance to actually visit it (it's pretty isolated, involving narrow roads snaking their way through wooded hills), and it seemed almost surreal to see the way the buildings seemed to merge with the rock they're built on. There are windows and cave-like doors hewn out of the rock, and every building seems to start at a slightly different level. Inside the town, the streets feel dark and mysterious, so different than what you might expect from a more typical Tuscan town. This region of Tuscany is rough around the edges, unrefined and unapologetic about it. It's fascinating, full of good food and interesting architecture, and I hope to be able to explore more of it soon!
Views like this are part of the reason why Italy's small towns are so charming. You can be walking through narrow, dark streets with tall buildings rising up on either side and then suddenly you'll spot a little slice of the countryside peeking through, a view over the olive groves, farms and vineyards surrounding the town.
Plant-lined streets, sunlight creeping around corners and elaborate antique doors: All these things come together to make a town that's perfect to wander and explore, camera in hand.