Italy from a window...
A little over thirty years ago, James Ivory's gem of a film, A Room With A View, appeared at movie theaters and to much critical acclaim. Today, a quiet anniversary is celebrated and dear to the hearts of many Italophiles the world over. In the next few days, James Ivory will present a re-edited and restored version of his film to an audience in Florence, the umistakable seat of his comedy of manners. And in many versions, Florence... Firenze... is in every scene: along the streets and piazzas of the City of the Medicis, from a horse-drawn carriage lacing its way up through the surrounding Tuscan hills, and of course, the view of the Arno River from the perch of a window seat.
Hard to resist the ambition for a room with a view in Italy. The grand icons of this county... the Grand Canal of Venice, the silvery sparkle of the Mediterranean Sea from high above, the tiled roof tops and church cupolas of Rome, and on and on... provoke the desire to admire, breathe, savor any and all of these and other grand vistas.
But don't be deceived. Italy is also full of small, instantaneous, sudden views which seldom exist elsewhere. Don't overlook them. Heads up from your iPhones and tablets. And, the window views can be from a car, train, plane or hotel room.
The above shots are a modest medley and were taken from a car, a hotel window, from my own homes in the Lunigiana and Genoa. Italy has so many sights to marvel at. Small or big. You will be always be delighted.