It is a lovely day today. Warm and sunny, but a little cloudy. I needed some books so I hopped on the bus and headed for the centre. While walking from the castle along Via Dante towards the centre I noticed the outdoor exhibition of photographs, I saw the same photos, I think, last year, but they were worth looking at again. These images have all been taken from the air and show some well and not so well known areas of Italy. Living in Milan, it is easy to forget just how beautiful a country I am lucky to live in. These images reminded me of this fact and made me feel happier too.
Stop reading, start speaking
Stop translating in your head and start speaking Italian for real with the only audio course that prompt you to speak.
The images show landscapes which have been enhanced by man, or rather by Italians. I don’t know exactly why, but Italians seem to have the wonderful ability of being able to ‘blend’ buildings in with their surroundings, to the extent that the environment is enhanced. Of course, this is not always the case and much modern architecture does not sit well in the magnificence of the Italian countryside, however more often than not older villages and towns seem to have been designed to compliment their environments, not just to fill space with accommodation. Now, I say ‘designed’, but this may not be the case, it’s probably a case of the Italian way of seeing things which tends to be more in harmony with the natural environment than that of the old English habit of constructing masses of anonymous terraced houses just about anywhere and everywhere, for example. While there is a lot to be said for planning, there is also a lot to be say for fitting buildings in with their surroundings. Using materials which are light in colour seems to make a great difference too. The dull greyness of English stone can be depressing to say the least.
If you happen to find yourself in Milan over the next few days, then take a walk along Via Dante, as I mentioned before it runs from the castle towards the centre. I do think you will like the photos, with descriptions in English. They may even give you a few ideas for planning a tour of this spectacular country.