The caliber of my photography never rises above the amateur (in the etymologic sense of the word) but sometimes I get lucky. I guess it’s about place and time.
Tasting with the Marquis Carlo Guerrieri Gonzaga at the Tenuta San Leonardo in Trentino. I was moved at the thought of shaking the hand of a descendant of one of the most influential families of the Northern Italian Renaissance.
I photographed this bee at the highest point in Cartizze, the top growing site for Prosecco. Matteo Bisol of the Bisol winery opened his family’s Prosecco Cartizze and we tasted it right there among the vines. It was fun to return to Valdobbiadene where I spent so much time during the summers of years at university in Italy.
The baroque basilica at the Abbazia di Novacella was most impressive. That was the farthest north I’ve ever traveled in Italy. Driving through the Alps, I couldn’t help but think of the line from Petrarch canzone 128:
- Nature provided well for our safety when she put the shield of the Alps between us and the Teutonic rage.
The incipit of the song is one of Petrarch’s most moving and appeals to the then divided and bellicose Italian states:
- My Italy, although speech does not aid those mortal wounds of which in your lovely body I see so many, I wish at least my sighs to be such as Tiber and Arno hope for, and Po where I now sit sorrowful and sad. (translation by Robert Durling)
I’ve been traveling to Italy for more than twenty years and as in years past, I took time to catch up on my newspaper reading and to ask people about their outlook for the future. In my view, the Italians’ “tenuous sense of nationhood” seems more fragile than ever (between the jockeying of Berlusconi, Fini, and Bossi) and the balance of Po, Tiber, and Arno all the more precarious.
But the beauty of this country has always been accompanied by peril — the one seemingly unable to exist without the other.
I’ll begin posting about my trip and other developments next week. Stay tuned and thanks for reading…
Well done. It was a good trip with plenty of great stories to tell. I look forward to our next trip to Italy!
Povera Italia! I had never read any Petrarch in translation: nice selection. And what a gorgeous church!
What a beautiful church! How could you not be moved by this sight?
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Wow, that church is absolutely stunning.
That’s right! Our “nationhood has always been in peril and however we still survive! It will always be like this. It’s our characteristic. Positive or negative, I don’t know, it’s up to you!
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