“Venice, its temples and palaces did seem like fabrics of enchantment piled to heaven,” #PercyShelley - quite a few friends suggested skipping Venice as we race around #Italia on a long overdue visit due to the crippling crowds and excessive tourism. Seeing as I left Europe for the States at the tender age of 23 I missed out on a lot of sightseeing that friends and family in Europe are able to accomplish quite easily within an hour or two flying time. And so we made Venice a pitstop and the crowds in October are fairly tame - I’ve enjoyed sitting next to Venetian school kids on the water bus, eating dinner with friendly locals off the beaten track, wandering until we were lost only to find ourselves back at the beginning. Sore feet and a head that is crammed with so many beautiful sights.
#Peggysplace - worth a visit to #Venice for the #guggenheimcollection alone . . . a good friend gifted me a recent biography of #peggyguggenheim prior to my trip to Italy & I’m so glad I soaked her remarkable and highly unconventional story in prior to visiting her longtime home that is now a most gracious #modernartmuseum for all who visit to enjoy.
Night time in #Venice without the crowds . . .
Incredibly beautiful vintage #nativity sets in a private collection depicting 17th & 18th Century #Neapolitan scenes #italianculture
#subterranean #Naples - before the #Romans the #Greeks spent a couple hundred years directing their slave labor force to start construction on an underground aqueduct to service their new city. The Romans spent another few hundred years completing this vast and sophisticated work. Thousands of Napolitanos took shelter in these long abandoned underground spaces during the relentless bombing of their city during the Second World War first by the British & Americans and later by the Germans after Italy changed sides after fighting against Nazi occupation. After squeezing through tiny tunnels deep underground the Sotterranea tour took an equally compelling detour into the former home of a little old lady who had no idea her wine cellar was a small part of a former Roman Theater. A crazy, Naples-style experience pushing the old lady’s bed aside to reveal a trap door down into thespian Roman ruins. Moving for me to hear about the wartime impact on Naples - my granddad Frank was stationed in nearby #Sorrento from 1943 to the end of the war as a provisions officer given that he was a green grocer by trade. It was the only time in his life he ever left rural England. When I was a little girl he would tell me of the lemons of the Amalfi Coast #Italianhistory day #cultureoverload! #undergroundtour mind boggling #archeology
#AdamandEve, #FaithHopeandCharity & the symbol of eternal life the #Peacock - beautiful frescos from the 2nd and 3rd Century AC in the fascinating @catacombedinapoli which originated pre-Christianity for #pagan burials & opened for tours just a few years ago.