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Italy: The Long Lost Photos

Italy: The Long Lost Photos

If you've been reading my blog for the past few months, then you know that I traveled to Italy with my family for the second time at the beginning of the summer. Funnily enough, just like the first trip in 2012, this visit to Italy preceded a move to Spain, though I didn't know that would be the case this year. This time around, we stayed with friends at their winery in Orvieto, an Umbrian hill town about an hour north of Roma. Roma is probably my favorite city in the world, but given how tumultuous the spring had been, I was happy to be ensconced in the tranquility of the vineyard instead. Between day trips to Firenze and Citta' della Pieve, I spent my time running through the vines, meandering around Orvieto's narrow alleys, and drinking not insignificant amounts of our friends' excellent wine. (I use the Italian names of these cities because their English counterparts are so clumsy. Similarly, who can bear to utter "Se-VILLE" after hearing the magic "Sevilla" on the lips of locals?) I intended to publish my photos upon my return, but my aging laptop refused to do anything but blur the images when I attempted to edit them. I finally replaced my computer - may she rest in peace - and so, in the spirit of better late than never, I invite you to see Italy through my eyes.

 Looking over the vineyard with Orvieto's town center in the distance

Looking over the vineyard with Orvieto's town center in the distance

 The day after we arrived was  Cantine Aperte  in Umbria, or Open Wineries, for which our friends hosted a day of public tastings

The day after we arrived was Cantine Aperte in Umbria, or Open Wineries, for which our friends hosted a day of public tastings

 The signpost for one of the villas at the winery

The signpost for one of the villas at the winery

 Wandering in town

Wandering in town

 Wild cherries and olive trees

Wild cherries and olive trees

 With the resident donkey, Gelsomino

With the resident donkey, Gelsomino

 View during a vineyard run

View during a vineyard run

 Maria, spotted in town

Maria, spotted in town

 Infinite fields

Infinite fields

 A public fountain in Citta' della Pieve. Sic Vos Non Vobis = For You, But Not Yours. Vergil wrote these words on the wall when another poet plagiarized his work, and it became a rallying cry against austerity measures that the Italian government had considered in the past, such as water privatization.

A public fountain in Citta' della Pieve. Sic Vos Non Vobis = For You, But Not Yours. Vergil wrote these words on the wall when another poet plagiarized his work, and it became a rallying cry against austerity measures that the Italian government had considered in the past, such as water privatization.

 The Duomo, Firenze (Florence)

The Duomo, Firenze (Florence)

 Ponte Vecchio, Firenze

Ponte Vecchio, Firenze

 Being vegan in Italy wasn't difficult at all. Most people understood what I meant when I said,  "Sono   vegana"  (I'm vegan) and I was even able to find vegan gelato and pastries.

Being vegan in Italy wasn't difficult at all. Most people understood what I meant when I said, "Sono vegana" (I'm vegan) and I was even able to find vegan gelato and pastries.

 Altare della Patria, Piazza Venezia, Roma

Altare della Patria, Piazza Venezia, Roma

 My sister above the Spanish Steps in Roma

My sister above the Spanish Steps in Roma

 The wish I made five years ago was to return to Roma, and so I did

The wish I made five years ago was to return to Roma, and so I did

 Graffiti in Spanish, found on my last night when we spent the evening in Trastevere, my favorite neighborhood in Roma: "Neither countries, nor borders, nor homelands, nor flags. Liberty."

Graffiti in Spanish, found on my last night when we spent the evening in Trastevere, my favorite neighborhood in Roma: "Neither countries, nor borders, nor homelands, nor flags. Liberty."

You may have the universe if I may have Italy.
— Giuseppe Verdi
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