Thursday, July 20, 2017

Gubbio, An Italian Hill Town

Gubbio lies in the foothills of northern Umbria overlooking the main river Tiber valley below.  They didn't know it when they built it but hundreds of years later photographers would be thanking them for their design and style.

Moto Guzzi's answer to the scooter craze of the 1960s, called the Galletto (little rooster) 200cc with two identical wheels quickly detached to enable the spare wheel to fit both ends. 

People say you don't see many Vespas on the streets of Italy. I say rubbish, you just have to look among lower cost non premium scooters in daily use. 

Our hotel, and very comfortable in the middle of the old town:

Palazzo dei Consoli - old city hall.

Looking south down the Tiber Valley:

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Venice Boatmen

Boats seen in and around Venice starting with a vaporetto, the term used for a bus:

Venice's only woman gondolier, glimpsed while at lunch:

A cab, at rest:

Thursday, July 13, 2017

Gallivanting Around Rome

These pictures are of Rome, first arrival and a night ride to the Vatican...the climb up the dome of St Peter's in the Vatican City the next morning after standing in line to get in and pass metal detectors, the new reality in a world of terrorism. All 515 steps climbed in a series of contortionist stairs progressively worse the tighter the cupola gets higher up. Also a pause in the roof where souvenirs and refreshments are sold and where there are...toilets. Then inside St Peter's followed by some outside views and photos of Swiss Guards etc...and then we rode rented Vespa 300s to lunch well outside the walls in a restaurant built around Roman walls made with discarded pottery