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Architecture of Italy

October 20, 2015Architecture, Uncategorized

Iconic Images of Italy Since I’ve recently started working among architects and designers, I’ve started to notice and care about architecture in ways I hadn’t before. I find myself wondering what the style of a particular building is. Who the architect is. Why specific materials have been used. I also find myself longing to learn more. I’ve taken a first step by reading The Architecture of Happiness by Alain de Botton. In it de Botton explains how our environment – including the structures we inhabit – shapes our feelings and even identities. He suggests that we have to have lived a bit before we can fully appreciate what these structures are saying to us. Says de Botton, “Life may have to show itself to us in some of its authentically tragic colors before we can begin to grow properly visually responsive to its subtler offerings, whether in the form of a tapestry or a Corinthian column, a slate tile or a lamp.” With that quote in mind, I recently departed with my husband for a long-awaited trip. During a four-year period, life’s ups and downs had forced us to cancel two planned trips to Italy, but in September, we finally flew to Rome. I was thrilled to finally be visiting so many well-known historical sites, especially in Rome, like the Pantheon, Colosseum, The Vatican, Sistine Chapel, and Villa Borghese, and in Florence –  home of Michelango’s David – the Uffizi Gallery and the Duomo. We were also planning to visit some smaller towns throughout the Umbria region. People asked me what I was looking forward to most on the trip, and I’d answered without hesitation: “the architecture!” Once I got there, though, I realized there’s so much more to Italy. It’s a riot of colors, sounds, smells and tastes. The architecture of Italy – and the sensations it evokes – is just part of what makes Italy so compelling. Throughout the trip, I tried to capture the intangibles of Italy. I carved out some moments to remember not only how these places looked, and who built them, and how, but how they made me feel. All photos courtesy of Marcia Luke-van Dijk

Pantheon Rome Italy

Front facade of the Pantheon in Rome


Pizza in Rome Italy

Iconic Roman lunch: Pizza with raw egg, olives, prosciutto


tiled hallway metal doors Albergo Cesari Rome Italy

Loving that tile: tiled hallway and metal doors, Albergo Cesari Hotel in Rome


Duomo Cupola Florence Italy

Top of Florence’s cathedral, the Duomo. Giorgio Vasari’s frescoes of the Last Judgment


Borgo Dei Conti Resort Monte Petriolo Italy

Borgo Dei Conti Resort, Monte Petriolo Italy. This resort was built in the 12th century, originally as a military fortress.


Deruta haindpainted ceramics

Italian dogs with Deruta hand painted ceramic jar, Deruta


lake bracciano trevigiano romano bistro chair

Evening before sunset on Lake Bracciano, Trevignano Romano


-By Marcia Luke-van Dijk

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