Black & White Sunday – Towering

Following on from my historical places in the frame earlier, here are some old places towering over the landscape around them for Paula’s B&W Sunday challenge today. The first has a church tower and the second has some medieval towers. The last one is a ruined village merely towering over the surrounding area:

Civita de Bagnoregio

Civita de Bagnoregio


San Gimignano

San Gimignano


Craco Vecchia

Craco Vecchia

More B&W Sunday can be found here.


  1. brings to mind those wonderful hill-top towns that have been razed to the ground this week. You don’t really stand a chance when all that rock and stone come hurtling down do you? My favourite shot here is the first one – love the cloud swirling around and that iconic bell tower.

  2. Something quite magical about these, Sue. I kept looking at them….
    Best wishes, Pete.

  3. Suzanne

    The first shot is terrific. Very powerful. I love the contrast of mist and manmade structures.

  4. I love them all, Sue. I love the mist of the first and the vista of the second. And how could I not like a beautiful ruin?


  5. Towering in the mist…Great shot.

  6. 🙂 This has made me smile cause I have a very similar photo of San Gimigniano 🙂 That little town is a perfect example for towering 🙂 The other two smashing examples I am not familiar with. Thanks so much, Sue.

    • Sue

      Glad you like, Paula! We were staying in a little place in Lazio one year, and the owner of the B&B told us about. Civita di Bagnoregio….. But if we had been there years before it would have been truly deserted. Craco was eerie…that’s in the south of Italy.

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  8. I so much love the sense of that tower that extends through clouds… Beautiful

  9. I’ve been to San Gimignano. Such a charming town and it has the best Gelato shop in the whole of Italy, or so we were told. 🙂 Great images for the challenge, Sue.

  10. That first one is elusive, Sue. Am I becoming preoccupied with the subject? It’s easily my favourite shot of these. Lovely swirling mists. Is it still effective in colour?

  11. They’re all beautiful but the low cloud gives the most amazing atmosphere to the first image! Great composition Sue 😀

  12. It never ceases to amaze me how on earth they built places like the last image in the first place?

    • Sue

      Well, Civita in the first image was built on Tufa rock which has seriously eroded over the years, and Craco was apparently on clay, which slipped over the years, taking the houses with it….

  13. Allan G. Smorra

    I love the fog on the ridge in the first photo, Sue.

  14. The hilltop villages, such wonderful places to explore.

  15. Wonderful and moody black and white photos for the challenge. I love them all. They look very atmospheric. 🙂

  16. Gorgeous, Sue. I believe the best ice cream is in Sienna, anyway, so I was told many years ago .. 😉

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