Ode to a Tourist in Italy

This is my first post, an ode to a real or a virtual tourist in Italy who may go into sensory overdrive upon arriving in the land of of gelato and Michelangelo!

Featured photo: Mystical view of the Tuscan countryside at dawn – Volterra, Italy.

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Italy – No Itinerary Required

Through the landmarks of history, let me be your guide
To wander virtually, no itinerary required.

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In Italia no soil seems unspared from history
Nay the Dolomiti nor the beaches of Sicily.
Unrelenting events circa three millenia
On earth made ready by cremating Villanova.

Beware the confusion of the Greek pottery profusion
Sacks of Rome left no vellum for titillation, revelation.
But the walls tell witness, an Etruscan woman was no bitch
Emperors were scholarly – nay, poets and artists could be rich!

Amongst canvas or sandstone, the celebrated paints
Sinful cardinals, daddy popes, pagans who were saints.
Old gods roll over in their graves under refashioned edifices,
Was Saint Peter’s canopy made from Pantheon pieces?

Guardati, Da Porto, Bandello, Brooke and Shakespeare share
The credit that confounds tourists in Verona’s lovers’ square.
Cats and bats instead, but vampires none in ancient Volterra.
Dig deeper, the truth in parchment, marble, and tufa.

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Find stories of beauty, pride, honor, hubris and crime
In centuries of forgotten rocks and mantles of grime.

Moss and fern growing on tufa (tuff) building blocks in the Etruscan Acropolis (7th century BCE - 3rd century CE) - Volterra, Italy.
Moss and fern growing on tufa (tuff) building blocks in the Etruscan Acropolis (7th century BCE – 3rd century CE) – Volterra, Italy.
The Florence skyline, viewed from Piazzale Michelangelo, made even more beautiful by a glowing sunset. Photo by Heidi Kaden on Unsplash.

Take this 2-mile Firenze sightseeing walk and watch the sunset over The Florence Skyline from San Miniato al Monte.

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Wander virtually into Assisi, the hometown of Saint Francis. Check out this gallery of Scenes from Assisi.

Luggages at Changi Airport

I use simple, inexpensive, but useful tools for travel. Find out what I pack for my trips.

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A bull, a dragon, and a bear on the marble wall of the Tower of Pisa, Italy.
Let’s go! Andiamo! Abeamus! Vamonos! Tayo Na! Ikimashou!
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