Shades of Italy
The fall season is a great time of year to visit Italy. Though the major cities and attractions are always going to bustle, by October the crowds are thinner, lines are shorter and the weather is cooler. This makes sight-seeing so much more pleasant! Camera in hand I walked the streets of Rome, Venice and Florence on the look-out for ancient ruins, creative inspiration, and a great gelato or slice of pizza. It was a wonder to see with my own eyes those monuments and works of art that I had only ever viewed in art history books.
Whenever I go to a new place I’m also on the look out for color cues, especially in fashion and architecture. My first observation was that many Italian buildings seemed washed in a similar shade of dusty-gold, light yellow or muted sienna stucco. This wasn’t a surprise knowing Italy is a sunny, hot Mediterranean place and brick, stucco, marble and limestone are accessible building materials. But as the tour continued and I went back through my camera roll over the next few days, a different story was revealed. There were many more regional color differences than I may have first seen. Whether bold or subtle, the color schemes in each place fit harmoniously with the local climate, geography and culture. It seemed there was never a color “out of place”, as if all of Italy had been stylishly co-ordinated. Bellissimo!
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