People on Mopeds Saying “Ciao!” -or- Our Trip to Italy

by nickthebearshark

For roughly two weeks in October, I had my life changed.

Housed atop the 7th century village of Amelia in the Umbrian Region of Italy, we ventured out across a foreign country steeped in a history and culture that began before the foundation of the Roman Empire.

These are some photos and thoughts of that journey, done so with my girlfriend Sarah (and for a few days her friend Becky), enabled by the kindness and generosity of Sarah’s grandmother, Judith.

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Roman Era Aquifer, still in use 1600 years later.

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View from Judith’s terrace onto the town of Amelia below and the valleys beyond

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View of walls surrounding Amelia. You still have to pass through the same main gates that have been in use for 14 centuries, except now it’s done in cars.

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A view outside on the streets of Amelia. People kept to themselves, spoke with their hands, and drove like maniacs at terrifying speeds through above streets.

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Judith’s Terrace at night. A frequent spot where we shared many a bottle of wine.

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Dawn over Umbria

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NaplesIMG_0296 IMG_0297 IMG_0300 IMG_0302 IMG_0305 IMG_0316 IMG_0317 IMG_0322 The Vatican IMG_0328 IMG_0329 IMG_0330 IMG_0332 IMG_0334 IMG_0335 IMG_0336 IMG_0337 IMG_0343 IMG_0344 IMG_0347 IMG_0348 IMG_0352 IMG_0354 The following three photographs are of hand-woven Belgian tapestries from the Medieval Period that depict the life of Christ. Measuring approximately 30’x20′ there were probably two dozen of them, installed along the walls of a narrow hallway that stretched on for hundred yards. IMG_0359 IMG_0360 IMG_0361 IMG_0367 IMG_0371

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