San Gimignano

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© Deborah Downes
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UploadedJanuary 29, 2010
TakenNovember 30, 2008
MakeNikon Corporation
Exposure1/80 sec at f/4.8
FlashNo Flash
Focal Length35 mm
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Once the seat of a small Etruscan village, San Gimignano remains among the most unique of Tuscan towns, thanks to its dramatic views, numerous tall towers, and its perfectly intact fortification. This hill town was most prosperous during the 12th and 13th centuries. Today it’s known for Vernaccia, an excellent white wine. I captured this doorway within the courtyard of San Gimignano’s Palazzo del Popolo (13th century).

Note to my JPG friends: Sorry I’m so behind on commenting on your photos. I’m very busy getting ready for my trip back to Italy. I leave this Saturday. Dreading saying goodbye to my daughter, son-in-law, and two granddaughters, but eager to be back with Fred, getting settled in our new home in Monterosi (30 miles north of Rome), exploring more of Italy, and of course taking lots….of pictures. Will get back to commenting on your pics and posting more of my doorway series after I get over the jet lag.

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  • Maura Wolfson-Foster

    Maura Wolfson-Foster gave props (28 Jan 2010):

    I love this one Deborah......!

  • Litz Go

    Litz Go gave props (28 Jan 2010):

    looking forward to your photos when you settle. Awesome find and capture, Deb!

  • dp *

    dp * gave props (28 Jan 2010):

    Lovely photo. dp

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (28 Jan 2010):

    I know they are going to miss you too but there are so many exciting adventures ahead. Have a safe trip. I do love this door in a door. I would imagine that big door is hard to open.

  • Donald Garrett

    Donald Garrett gave props (28 Jan 2010):

    Susan looked over my shoulder and said "very impressive." I totally agree. I snicker when I go into a US town and see"historic district." They don't not concept of historic as relates to the Etruscans!

  • markus zundel

    markus zundel gave props (29 Jan 2010):

    i can only recommend this city, too... if ever in tuscany/italy, don't miss it... lovely shot

  • Spectre Photo

    Spectre Photo gave props (29 Jan 2010):

    Have a safe trip, looking forward to seeing those pics! :)

  • Sonia Adam Murray

    Sonia Adam Murray gave props (29 Jan 2010):

    Another wonderful capture Deborah. Have a safe trip back, enjoy your reunion with Fred and we look forward to seeing more of your superb photos of Italy my friend!!!!!

  • Susan Littlefield

    Susan Littlefield gave props (29 Jan 2010):

    No worries about the comments....I think we all reach that point! I'm sad that you'll have to leave the kids and grandkids, but how exciting to be moving into a new home! This shot is fabulous....I love the door in a door!

  • Yasmina Baggili

    Yasmina Baggili (Deleted) gave props (29 Jan 2010):

    fabulous shot!!!! Great job.

  • Richard Knight

    Richard Knight (Deleted) gave props (30 Jan 2010):

    Quite lovely. Looks good in lightbox, too.

  • Michael Ball

    Michael Ball gave props (1 Feb 2010):

    Don't worry about commenting! I stay behind all the time. :) Glad you had a wonderful time and look forward to more of your photos. Love this shot!

  • Lanis Rossi

    Lanis Rossi gave props (1 Feb 2010):

    One of my favorite towns in Italy! Great Caputure!

  • Leslie Hunziker

    Leslie Hunziker   gave props (1 Feb 2010):

    Fantastic doorway shot! You've been gone from Italy for quite a while. I know it's with mixed feelings that you go. If only we could be everywhere. Have a safe journey. I'm looking forward to more of your wonderful photos soon.

  • Liliane Paingaud

    Liliane Paingaud gave props (4 Feb 2010):

    I just LOVE this so beautiful doorway! I've been in San Gimignano when I was a teenager and have great memories of it! I'm glad to know you're on your way to Italy again (I agree with Leslie, we always have mixed feelings when leaving family)but I cant wait to see your next great photos!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (5 Feb 2010):

    Very unique! I love the concept of a door within a door. Fabulous find and capture, Deb. Have a safe trip back. We can't wait to see your discoveries.

  • Christopher J Chalk

    Christopher J Chalk gave props (6 Feb 2010):

    Amazing medievil architecture, beautifully captured!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (6 Feb 2010):


  • Karen Foto Fiddler

    Karen Foto Fiddler (Deleted) gave props (8 Feb 2010):

    Safe journey to you! this photo is so fitting of your trip..One door inside another door..Like one is your heart and one is your soul. Marvelous!

  • Rob Roy

    Rob Roy (Deleted) gave props (9 Feb 2010):

    "Splendido!!" [That is Italian for 'splendid', I hope!!] Loving it, Deb!!

  • Andrew Lorimer

    Andrew Lorimer (Deleted) gave props (10 Feb 2010):

    Like this alot well done !!

  • Tori Lindo

    Tori Lindo gave props (15 Feb 2010):

    I love the colours in this!

  • Cindy Mikulski

    Cindy Mikulski gave props (16 Feb 2010):

    awesome shot!!

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