Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Unique Urbino

 
 
The following images were captured last year during a delightful 2-week house exchange in Central Italy which encompassed a visit to the walled city of Urbino - noted for its University and independent Renaissance culture.
It was also the birthplace of the painter Raffaello Sanzio, known as Raphael and these cute cherubs at the base of a statue commemorating him caught my eye.
 

It was a warm day and these locals seemed to be enjoying a chat in the shade of these magnificent trees

 
This was the view looking up the hill towards the square housing Raphael's statue - a walk not for the faint-hearted!

 
. . . the beautiful surrounding countryside




A delightful memory of both Italy and France is the colourful window boxes which adorn the soft pastel-coloured buildings that were in abundance throughout our travels


 
Linking up with Our World Tuesday
and thanking Lady Fi and the team for hosting.

15 comments:

Carver said...

Great shots. Looks like a fascinating place to visit. The steep hills on the roads reminds me of San Francisco which is also not for the fainthearted in terms of walking.

Joyful said...

Lovely imagines of a beautiful place to visit.

roamingpursuits said...

Fabulous photos.

Karen said...

Oh Valerie, what a great place to visit! I've always wanted to go to Italy. Splendid scenery and street views.

Birgitta said...

Interesting and great photo series!

Indrani said...

Italy does have such beautiful windows, Great to see them. :)

Minoru Saito said...

Hi! Nice trip to Italy. The native town of Raphael is very beautiful. Thanks for sharing.

ladyfi said...

WHat a lovely trip you had!

Gattina said...

Lovely typical Italian town !

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chai-and-chardonnay.blogspot.com said...

A wonderful collection of pictures . Italy is just Italy - one of the most beautiful countries.

Stewart M said...

That does look like steep walk!

When I snorkel I wear a thin 3/4 length wetsuit and a hood - and I find that pretty comfortable once I get going. The hood helps a lot - and it prevents the top of my head from getting sun-burnt!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

DeniseinVA said...

Beautiful photos Valerie. I have never been to Italy, hope to one day.

Su-sieee! Mac said...

Wonderful photos, especially the scene of the street going up the hill.
The View from the Top of the Ladder

diane b said...

What a beautiful part of our world. I love the gentlemen having a chat in the shade. A lovely village scene. The European windows and shutters always draw my attention too.

Polly said...

Lovely pictures, made me want to go there :-)

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