In July 2003 we made a trip to Italy starting with a few days in the capital of Rome and then exploring Tuscany. All the images here were made with my original Canon D30 digital camera (the very first digital SLR from Canon) sporting a 3.1 MPixel sensor! It’s still satisfying to be able to reprocess these images with the latest software and get some pretty decent results.
One of the first small hill towns we visited in Tuscany was Volterra. Volterra is a walled town southwest of Florence, in Italy. The central Palazzo dei Priori has medieval frescoes and a bell tower with expansive views. Volterra Cathedral has a marble entrance and a gilded coffered ceiling. Nearby are the remains of the Etruscan Acropolis. The Guarnacci Etrurian Museum has a rich collection of archaeological artifacts. The Roman Theater complex includes the ruins of 3rd-century baths.
There are 6 gates along the Etruscan walls into the city, with many sections dating from the 13th to 16th centuries. The Porta all’Arco is the oldest and only one remaining mostly intact, with features from the 5th century such as its decoration with 3 heads.Porta San Francesco still has traces of its original frescoes, while Porta San Felice offers great views of the countryside around the town.
Dating back to 1120, the interior of the Cathedral of Santa Maria Assunta was heavily modified in the Renaissance era in 1584 after the Council of Trent. You’ll thus have a mix of Romanesque architecture (the facade) with and the an impressive and richly decorated, gilded Renaissance ceiling and several frescoed chapels.
The cathedral houses many works of art belonging to renowned Italian artists including Andrea della Robbia, Mino da Fiesole and Benozzo Gozzoli, who realized a wonderful fresco dated 1479.
Palazzo Viti is one of the finest private residential building in Italy. The twelve rooms tht are open to the pubblic are fitted with furniture, porcelains, alabaster collection and other valuable items representing Italian, European and Oriental Art. The Palace is still inhabited by descendant of the Viti family.
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