Saturday, January 09, 2016
I found some scans that I did long ago, from vintage slides of Italy. It's a whole other country! In Yurp! It's been a long time since I visited that land, but I have fond memories.
Let's start with this lovely shot of the Ponte Vecchio in Florence. Wikipedia describes it as a "medieval stone closed-spandrel segmented arch bridge over the Arno". It dates back to Roman times, though it has been destroyed by floods and rebuilt. I'm sure it was quite a feat of engineering in its day, and is distinctive because of the many shops that still line the bridge.
Doing a brief search on the internet, I found this modern photo that makes it appear as if Florence hasn't changed much in the last 60 years.
This next photo is from Saint Mark's Square in Venice (you can see part of the cathedral in the back to our right). Right in front of us is one of three mast-like flagpoles with ornate bronze bases. The pigeons that are swarming that nice lady are an unfortunate part of life in this piazza. Rats with wings, I calls 'em! Even the local Venetians are looking less than thrilled.
And finally, let's go to Milan, for this fun vintage photo featuring the Galleria Vittoria Emanuele II. That kid looks like he is right out of Central Casting for an Italian schoolboy. The Galleria is described as "one of the world's oldest shopping malls". It was completed in 1877.