Category Archives: Italy travel

Italian Fountains

Not every Italian town is famously picturesque, but, even in those that are not, the attentive observer can find a wealth of beautiful detail and decoration. (I’ve already mentioned the doorknockers.) So here’s a collection of heads on fountains from all over Italy (not necessarily dull ones). ^ These three are all in Chiavenna ^ Varenna. Read More…

Not every Italian town is famously picturesque, but, even in those that are not, the attentive observer can find a wealth of beautiful detail and decoration. (I’ve already mentioned the doorknockers.) So here’s a collection of heads on fountains from all over Italy (not necessarily dull ones).

^ These three are all in Chiavenna

^ Varenna. “Forbidden to wash and make dirty.”

^ This poor chap in Lecco has a right to feel that his dignity has been wounded!

San Pellegrino: The Remains of the Grand Hotel

A relic of the heyday of San Pellegrino, the Grand Hotel was (quite literally) a watering place for the wealthy, in the early 1900s when health spas with natural mineral springs were all the rage. The hotel is an Art Nouveau treasure, built in 1905, but now sadly going to ruin, its fixtures gradually being auctioned Read More…

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A relic of the heyday of San Pellegrino, the Grand Hotel was (quite literally) a watering place for the wealthy, in the early 1900s when health spas with natural mineral springs were all the rage. The hotel is an Art Nouveau treasure, built in 1905, but now sadly going to ruin, its fixtures gradually being auctioned off (as shown in the sign above).

If I had a few million euros, I’d buy this poor old hulk and restore it.

Sa Pellegrion Oleanders

Grand Hotel, San Pellegrino - side wing

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Montepulciano

coppersmith’s shop, “temple” of San Biagio I don’t remember when this trip took place, maybe summer of 2004. You might also like: San Pellegrino: The Remains of the Grand Hotel Ferrari Gallery Tuscany Gallery Pitigliano

Tempio di San Biagio

coppersmith’s shop, “temple” of San Biagio

I don’t remember when this trip took place, maybe summer of 2004.

Art School, Castello Sforzesco, Milan

One of the areas inside the castle that Leonardo da Vinci designed for the Duke of Milan houses a school for applied arts, appropriately enough. You might also like: La Scala Re-Opening Italian High Schools Milano: Italy’s Under-Appreciated City Italian School Schedules and Calendars

One of the areas inside the castle that Leonardo da Vinci designed for the Duke of Milan houses a school for applied arts, appropriately enough.