la mia l’Italia

A balcony in Verona, Italy.

Villa Pisani, Stra', Italy (just outside of Padua)

Villa Pisani, Stra', Italy (just outside of Padua)

Moon over Saint Mark's, Venice, Italy

Moon over Saint Mark's, Venice, Italy

Greenman bellevedere at Giardini Giusti, Verona, Italy

Greenman bellevedere at Giardini Giusti, Verona, Italy

Detail of the Fontana di Nettuno (Neptune Fountain) in the Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy

Detail of the Fontana di Nettuno (Neptune Fountain) in the Piazza Maggiore, Bologna, Italy

The Saturday market, Campo dei Fiori, Rome, Italy

Saint Peter's, Rome, Italy ~ as seen from across the Tiber River at dusk.

Villa Lante, Bagnaia

The lower parterre of Villa Lante, Bagnaia, Italy

Sea God, Villa Lante, Bagnaia

Sea God, Villa Lante, Bagnaia, Italy

Inside view of the cupola of the Duomo, Siena, Italy

Inside view of the cupola of the Duomo, Siena, Italy

Detail from the abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, just outside of Asciano, Italy.

Detail from the abbey of Monte Oliveto Maggiore, just outside of Asciano, Italy.

Marble floor detail in the baptistry of the Duomo, Siena, Italy.

Marble floor detail in the baptistry of the Duomo, Siena, Italy.

Sea creature detail of the bronze fountain in the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Florence, Italy

Sea creature detail of the bronze fountain in the Piazza della Santissima Annunziata, Florence, Italy

Fresco detail from the inside of the dome of the Duomo, Florence, Italy.

Fresco detail from the inside of the dome of the Duomo, Florence, Italy.

Fresco detail from the inside of the dome of the Duomo, Florence, Italy.

Fresco detail from the inside of the dome of the Duomo, Florence, Italy.

Villa Torrigiani in Camigliano, Italy...near Lucca, Italy.

Villa Torrigiani in Camigliano, Italy…near Lucca, Italy.

Villa Cetinale, Ancaiano, Italy...outside of Siena, Italy

Villa Cetinale, Ancaiano, Italy…outside of Siena, Italy

Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Italy...near Montalcino, Italy.

Abbazia di Sant'Antimo, Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Italy…near Montalcino, Italy.

Column detail inside the Abbey of Sant'Antimo, Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Italy...near Montalcino, Italy.

Column detail inside the Abbey of Sant'Antimo, Castelnuovo dell’Abate, Italy…near Montalcino, Italy.

Mosaic detail from an altar inside Saint Peter's, Rome, Italy

Mosaic tile detail from an altar inside Saint Peter's, Rome, Italy

Saint Peter's as viewed through the keyhole on the Aventine Hill, Rome, Italy.

Saint Peter's as viewed through the keyhole on the Aventine Hill, Rome, Italy.

Carved sarcophagus depicting a battle between Romans and Barbarians, Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome, Italy

Carved sarcophagus depicting a battle between Romans and Barbarians, Museo Nazionale Romano, Rome, Italy

Entrance to the Giardini Giusti, Verona, Italy

Entrance to the Giardini Giusti, Verona, Italy

Torre Lamberti, as viewed from the bellevedere at Giardini Giusti, Verona, Italy

Torre Lamberti, as viewed from the bellevedere at Giardini Giusti, Verona, Italy

The entrance to La Rotunda, Vicenza, Italy...the house designed by Palladio, on which Thomas Jefferson based Monticello

The entrance to La Rotunda, Vicenza, Italy…the house designed by Palladio, on which Thomas Jefferson based Monticello

A rainy day in Italy

A rainy day in Italy

Carriage house windows of the Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Vicena, Italy

Carriage house windows of the Villa Valmarana ai Nani, Vicena, Italy

Pecora--Sheep--at the Agriturismo San Michele, Vicenza, Italy

Pecora–Sheep–at the Agriturismo San Michele, Vicenza, Italy

The labyrinth garden at Villa Pisani, Stra', Italy...just outside Padova, Italy

The labyrinth garden at Villa Pisani, Stra', Italy…just outside Padova, Italy

A corner of the Doge's Palace, Venice, Italy

A corner of the Doge's Palace, Venice, Italy

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