From the top of the Duomo’s unfinished arch there is a great view of Piazza del Campo, the city and countryside beyond. Still amazed to call it my home away from home.
This is the view from the Palazzo Piccolomini garden terrace in Pienza, Italy. The palace once belonged to Pope Pius II, a nobleman from a wealthy Sienese family, who ruled the Papal states in the 1400′s. His last heir (as many Pope’s, way back when, did have children) died in the 1960′s, and ever since the family palace has been kept as a public museum. This garden at the back of the palace is entered via a former ballroom, now an armory hall, and looks out over Tuscany.
This is the storage room at a Parmigiano-Reggiano factory just outside Bologna. After some quick calculations, a friend concluded there are something like 700 wheels of cheese in one storage chamber at a time. The smell was unmatched: a new parmesan cheese is left for a minimum of 14 months to age. And thats just the beginning.