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.


Roman Era Aquifer, still in use 1600 years later.


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


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.


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.


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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