When you think Italy, you think rolling hills in Tuscany, peaceful gondola rides in Venice, and the ruins of years past in Rome. What you don’t always realize is how culturally different each part is from one another. This trip with bookended by two polar opposite cities, with Rome being the most fast paced and touristy of the two. Our days were spent jumping from spot to spot, while trying our best to take it all in.
With such a large city spread over so many areas, we were still able to see the sites (Lizzy McGuire movie trip). There was the Pantheon, the Colosseum, and of course the cat sanctuary nestled in ruins thousands of years old. Yet with all of this, we found ourselves enjoying just wondering through the aging streets finding food and history, without pressure to see the sites.
Rome wasn’t built in a day, and definitely isn’t seen in a day. If you visit, take your time and enjoy life exploring everything it has to offer.
These images were taken with a Nikon FE2 and both the 28mm f/3.5 and the 50mm f/1.8. I exposed Portra 400 at 200, and Portra 800 at 800, but pushed one stop. I again found that both Portra stocks and the Ektar performed great, but at times the lack of contrast and cloudy weather made tones more subtle.
A Lifetime, History, Past and Future
Florence, for many, represents art, music, creation and love. For me, I think these are fair descriptors, but there's more, something indescribable about the feeling of being in this amazing city.
Distinctly Tuscan, the atmosphere is remarkably easygoing while remaining true to the lineage passed down for generations. The people, including the concierge who took our photo, the innkeeper that made us dupio espressos and cappuccinos each morning and tea in the evening, will never be forgotten for their graciousness. Last but not least the food, the pasta, and wine, and coffee served by the beautiful people who so graciously welcomed us into their city were remarkable in both their sophistication, but also honestly to time honored tradition.
I don't have much to say beyond that to describe the city. Much of my time was spent preoccupied (see the end of the post). Florence provided a uniquely Italian experience, true to its roots and solidified in my heart for the rest of my life, as the start of something great.
These images were taken with a Nikon FE2 and both the 28mm f/3.5 and the 50mm f/1.8. Just like my photos from Venice, I exposed Portra 400 at 200, and Portra 800 at 800, but pushed one stop. I again found that both Portra stocks and the Ektar performed great. Nothing here is much different from the Venice post.