11 February, 2010

Viva Italia...

Destination: Italy
Departure: Monday, February 15, 2010

Return:  Some time in March

You may have the universe if I may have Italy
~ Giuseppe Verdi ~

04 February, 2010

Reflection of the Palazzo del Captiano del Popolo and Sky in Orvieto, Italy-Skywatch Friday

Orvieto is a city and comune in southwestern Umbria, Italy situated on the flat summit of a large butte of volcanic tuff. The site of the city is among the most dramatic in Europe, rising above the almost-vertical faces of tuff cliffs that are completed by defensive walls built of the same stone.

This capture is from my February 2009 trek to Italy. The Palazzo del Captiano del Popolo is captured in the window reflection. The Palazzo was built in 1157 as a palace for Pope Hadrian IV and has been remodeled over the years and served many different functions and presently it is a Conference Center. Popes were frequent residents in their Orvieto palaces as it was a safer place than Rome. The weather was absolutely perfect the day I was in Orvieto on the 24th of February 2009.

Be sure to check out all the SKYWATCH ENTRIES today, there is something for everyone to enjoy. It is one of my favorite memes.