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Old January 14th, 2016, 05:35 PM   #2761
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Old January 14th, 2016, 05:48 PM   #2762
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Valva, Campania

castello D'Ayala . Valva . SA . italy by valentino 63, su Flickr

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castello D'Ayala - VALVA. SA . italy by valentino 63, su Flickr
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Old January 14th, 2016, 05:53 PM   #2763
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Monteparano, Puglia

Monteparano (from Giovanni) by AmÚrico Alves, su Flickr

Castello di Ayala Valva by Montedoro La cittÓ del noi, su Flickr

Castello di Ayala Valva by Montedoro La cittÓ del noi, su Flickr
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Old January 14th, 2016, 06:02 PM   #2764
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I have to say, Italy is such a country that is full of charms! Picturesque!!! no matter what angle you are looking at.
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Old January 15th, 2016, 11:20 AM   #2765
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Toscana's landscapes

le balze di L. da Vinci by Claudio Barbagli, su Flickr

The Monnalisa landscape in tuscany by Cristiano Pelagracci, su Flickr

Le Balze - Castelfranco di Sopra by Helmut Plamper, su Flickr

Castelfranco di Sopra (Ar) by Graziano Tortelli, su Flickr

Le Balze by Elia Cherici, su Flickr

Le Balze del Valdarno by nicola guerri, su Flickr
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Old January 15th, 2016, 11:34 AM   #2766
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Valle Aurina, Trentino Alto Adige

Cascata 2 by tommaso zarrillo, su Flickr

Kasern, valle Aurina by Giorgio Ferrato, su Flickr

Kasern, valle Aurina by Giorgio Ferrato, su Flickr

Valle Aurina by Giorgio Pongiluppi, su Flickr

Predoi, loc. Casere - In vista della chiesetta di S. Spirito (In view of the church of S. Spirito) by Giuseppe, su Flickr

Campo Tures - Sand in Taufers by Facciamo2Scatti, su Flickr
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Il Borro, Toscana

Il Borro - Laterina by alessio grazi, su Flickr

Il Borro by tuscany photos, su Flickr

Il Borro by Luca Argalia, su Flickr

Il Borro by tuscany photos, su Flickr

Il Borro by tuscany photos, su Flickr

Il Borro - Morning 1 by Mr Joe M, su Flickr
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Murlo, Toscana

Murlo, Siena by intoscana.it, su Flickr

Subject: Torre di Crevole (Murlo) by Ginevra Fracassi, su Flickr

Rocca di Crevole by antonella, su Flickr

Murlo, Tuscany, Oct. 2009 by Phillip Capper, su Flickr
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Mysteries of Italy

The sword in the rock at Cappella di San Galgano ,Montesiepi - Toscana

Saint Galgano (1148 – December 3, 1181) is a Catholic saint from Tuscany. Galgano is said to have led a ruthless life in his early years, but later abandoned it in favour of a pious hermitage in the place now known as Rotonda di Montesiepi. Galgano had two visions, both involving Archangel Michael and decided to plant a cross. Since he had no way to make one of wood, he planted his sword in the ground. The sword is said to have immediately became one piece with the ground so that nobody could remove it. A story says that in one of the visions, he was told to renounce material things. He, stating that it would be as hard as splitting a rock, decided to make his point by attempting to plunge his sword into one. The story goes on saying that the "stone yielded like butter".
The sword in the stone of San Galgano can still be seen at the Rotonda at Montesiepi, near the ruins of San Galgano Abbey, the handle of a sword protrudes from the ground, said to be the sword in the stone of San Galgano.

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Rundkirche von Montesiepi by Geerd-Olaf Freyer, su Flickr

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Abbazia di San Galgano, Toscana

Abbazia di San Galgano dall'interno.. by Giovanni Sequino, su Flickr

Abbazia di San Galgano (HDR) by Ondablv, su Flickr

San Galgano by Alessandro Nenci, su Flickr

Abbazia di San Galgano (2) by Maria Cappelli, su Flickr

past by Raffaele Preti, su Flickr

Abbazia di San Galgano by Matteo Sartori, su Flickr

Abbazia di San Galgano by ilsannita, su Flickr

Abbazia di San Galgano by Gennaro Maiellaro, su Flickr

Abbazia di San Galgano by METAFORME lab, su Flickr
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Parco dei Monti Simbruini, Lazio

Monte Tarino da Campo Staffi hdr by Katerina Kaczmara Santachiara, su Flickr

DSC_6951 by Orizzonti Simbruini, su Flickr

DSC_0090 by Paola, su Flickr

Piana di Camposecco by aurelio candido, su Flickr

IMG_8609 by Francesco Fusillo, su Flickr

Monti Simbruini (Italy) by LuHasselblad, su Flickr

Nel Bosco Incantato by Simone Angelucci, su Flickr
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Masterpieces of Italian Sculpture

Statues in the Cappella Sansevero, Naples - Campania Sorry for the bad quality of the pictures, but the statues are really stunning!!

The Cappella Sansevero (also known as the Capella Sansevero de' Sangri or Pietatella) is a chapel located on Via Francesco de Sanctis 19, just northwest of the church of San Domenico Maggiore, in the historic center of Naples, Italy.
The chapel houses almost thirty works of art, among which are three idiosyncratic sculptures. These statues are emblematic of the love of decoration in late-Baroque

Storie di Napoli - La vera origine della Cappella di Sansevero by Federqua, su Flickr

Naples - The Cappella Sansevero by Jonathan Reid, su Flickr

Cappella-Sansevero-Napoli by GIUSEPPE ALFANO, su Flickr

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Veiled Christ

The sculpture, produced in 1753, is considered one of the world's great sculptural masterpieces. Antonio Canova who once tried to acquire the work declared that he would willingly give up ten years of his own life to produce a similar masterpiece.

Giuseppe Sanmartino was charged with producing "a marble statue sculpted with the greatest realism, representing Our Lord Jesus Christ in death, covered by a transparent shroud carved from the same block of stone as the statue."

Over the centuries, the masterful depiction of the veil has acquired a legend, in which the original commissioner of the sculpture, the famous scientist and alchemist Raimondo di Sangro teaches the sculptor how to transform cloth into crystiline marble. For about three centuries, in fact, many visitors to the Cappella, amazed by the veiled sculpture, erroneously believed it to be the result of an alchemical "marblification" performed by the prince, who was meant to have laid a real veil on the sculpture and to have transformed this into marble over time by means of a chemical process.

A close analysis leaves no doubt that the work was entirely produced in marble and this is also confirmed by some letters written at the time of its production. A receipt of payment to Sanmartino dated 16 December 1752, signed by the prince and preserved in the Historical archive of the Bank of Naples states it.

MI002524 by 倪 國昌 ni, su Flickr

Sanmartino__Giuseppe_1720-1793_Cristo_velato_1753_Cappella_Sansevero_Napoli by casalewebNET, su Flickr


Cristo velato [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], by Liberonapoli (Own work), from Wikimedia Commons

Il Cristo velato by Daniele Canfora, su Flickr

NAPOLI - Cappella Sansevero. Il Cristo Velato by Vittorio Filippone, su Flickr


Disillusion

The Disillusion(Disinganno) by Francesco Queirolo of Genoa serves as a monument to Raimondo's father.
The group of sculptures describes a man who has been set free of sin, represented by the net into which the Genoese artist put all his extraordinary skill. A little winged spirit, with a small flame on his forehead, a symbol of human intellect, helps the man to free himself from the intricate netting, while pointing to the globe at his feet, symbol of worldly passions. An open book rests on the globe; it is the Bible, a sacred text, but also one of the three “great lights” of Masonry. The bas-relief on the pedestal, with the story of Jesus restoring sight to the blind, accompanies and strengthens the meaning of the allegory.

In his Istoria dello Studio di Napoli (1753-54), Giangiuseppe Origlia rightly defines this statue as “the last and most trying test to which sculpture in marble can aspire”. The reference is naturally to the virtuoso work on the net, which amazed famous eighteenth- and nineteenth-century travellers, and continues to astound tourists today. In this regard, the story goes that – as had already happened to Queirolo years before, when he was working on another statue – the sculptor had to burnish the sculpture with pumice personally, as the craftsmen of the period, though specialised in the burnishing phase, refused to touch the delicate net in case it broke into pieces in their hands.( http://www.museosansevero.it/en/stat...es/disillusion)


Disinganno, Cappella Sansevero [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], by David Sivyer, from Wikimedia Commons

Cappella Sansevero- il Disincanto by giov ann, su Flickr



The Modesty

With the Veiled Christ and Disillusion, Modesty makes up the triad of artistic excellence in the Sansevero Chapel, as sanctioned by travellers, guides and art historians since the seventeen hundreds.
Modesty was completed in 1752 by the Venetian Antonio Corradini, a sculptor of European fame already in the service of Emperor Charles V in Vienna, called by the Prince of Sansevero to be the co-designer and maker of the project for his Chapel. Here, the artist, who had also sculpted other veiled figures, attains a remarkable degree of perfection in shaping the veil laid elegantly and naturally over the body of the woman, as if the vapour from incense burners contributed to dampening the impalpable layer and extraordinarily adherent to the skin, girded round with a garland of roses.(http://www.museosansevero.it/en/stat...irtues/modesty)


Pudicizia, Cappella Sansevero [CC BY-SA 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0)], by David Sivyer (https://www.flickr.com/photos/argyle64/15041491280), from Wikimedia Commons

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Cappella Sansevero - la Pudicizia by giov ann, su Flickr
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Torrita di Siena, Toscana

torrita_di_siena_1 by Mirko Giomarelli, su Flickr

Torrita di Siena - Piazza by Joris Peeters, su Flickr

Torrita di Siena-托里塔迪謝納 by LIU JOEY, su Flickr

Torrita di Siena by Nick Murison, su Flickr

58░ Palio dei Somari di Torrita di Siena by intoscana.it, su Flickr
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Lucignano, Toscana

B&B I Cappuccini Lucignano cuore di Toscana by Lucia Bianchini, su Flickr

Towers (Lucignano-Italy) by luigi rosati, su Flickr

italia2012_129 by Sampo Siki÷, su Flickr

DSCF3992 by Marco, su Flickr

Lucignano, Tuscany, 28 Sept. 2009 by Phillip Capper, su Flickr

Senza titolo by Carlo Traina, su Flickr

Lucignano - Italia by Fabrizio LUCCHESE, su Flickr

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Castles in Toscana


Castles of San Gimignanello, Modanella and Calcione ( together in this picture)
Castelli di San Gimignanello, Modanella e Calcione. by Massimo Sacchini, su Flickr


Castello di San Gimignanello

San Gimignanello (7) by Artecibo nelle Crete Senesi, su Flickr

San Gimignanello (SI) by Luigi, su Flickr



Castello di Modanella

Castello di Modanella by RD_Elsie, su Flickr

Castello di Modanella by RD_Elsie, su Flickr

Italy_(2007)_110 by St. John, su Flickr


Castello di Calcione

Calcione Castle in stormy weather by Theodore Scott, su Flickr
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Toscana's Landscapes

Lago di Bilancino by Paolo Bellini, su Flickr

Tuscany landscape around Volterra by Piero Zampino, su Flickr

Volterra by tommaso bechelli, su Flickr

Tuscan landscape near Volterra in late afternoon by Bernd Thaller, su Flickr

Tuscan Sunset by Daniel Schwabe, su Flickr
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Foppolo, Lombardia

Monte Pegherolo, Foppolo (BG - Italy) by Gianmaria Veronese, su Flickr

Foppolo - Neve e Pegherolo by Pierpaolo., su Flickr

HD-Wallpaper-of-Foppolo-Italy by Bob Dillion, su Flickr

Winter Night in Foppolo by Pierpaolo., su Flickr

Foppolo, Italy by Radoslaw Walachnia, su Flickr

Foppolo, Italy by Radoslaw Walachnia, su Flickr
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Dimaro, Trentino Alto Adige

Senza titolo by Davide Podetti, su Flickr

Nella valle by Lorenzoclick, su Flickr

Dimaro De Mazzis e Municipio by Hotel Vittoria - Dimaro Val di Sole, su Flickr
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Passo Sella, Dolomiti

Passo Sella Alto Adige (27) by iserentha, su Flickr

View from Passo di Sella by DÚnes Gerlei, su Flickr

Passo Sella by Chiara Salvadori, su Flickr

Trentino by Matteo Tartarini, su Flickr

Passo Sella dalla Viel del Pan by Andrea, su Flickr

Towards the Passo Sella by View Factory, su Flickr
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Gruppo dei Cadini, Dolomiti - Trentino Alto Adige

Gruppo dei Cadini by Achim Thomae, su Flickr

Cadini di Misurina by Richard Jones, su Flickr

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Plńtzwiese by Jonas Lang, su Flickr

Gruppo dei Cadini by Francesco, su Flickr

Lago d'Antorno & Cadini-Group III by Jonas Lang, su Flickr

Cadini dolomites by Robert J Heath, su Flickr
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