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:
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Love your photos, Sue!
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.
Yes, desperately sad …and as you say, one wouldn’t stand a chance.
Something quite magical about these, Sue. I kept looking at them….
Best wishes, Pete.
Thanks Pete! A towering success then?
The first shot is terrific. Very powerful. I love the contrast of mist and manmade structures.
Well, it was quite a sight when we arrived near Civita to see the morning mist still swirling around!
The photo looks quite magical
Somehow the monochrome gives it another dimension….
Yes, It adds to the mystery in your image, I think.
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?
Thank you, Janet!
Towering in the mist…Great shot.
I love these.
I really like that first image.
That was a great moment – stepping out of the car and seeing the morning mist still hovering over the old town!
🙂 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.
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.
Thank you for the info, Sue.
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I so much love the sense of that tower that extends through clouds… Beautiful
It was a wonderful, and unexpected, sight!
These are stunning photos Sue!
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.
Thanks, Sylvia! I have only been to San Gim in the pouring rain!
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?
It was quite a sight, Jo! I first posted this in coLour, back in 2013- I think you can judge for yourself: https://suejudd.com/2013/05/02/fun-photo-challenge-bridges/
Ah-ha! Good lass, Sue 🙂 I’ll go there in a few minutes. I’m right in the middle of Viveka’s latest wedding piece 🙂
Yay! Enjoy the wedding stuff!
They’re all beautiful but the low cloud gives the most amazing atmosphere to the first image! Great composition Sue 😀
Thanks, Sarah- it was a gift of an image!
A gift of a view!! Must have taken your breath away.
It certainly did!
It never ceases to amaze me how on earth they built places like the last image in the first place?
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….
I love the fog on the ridge in the first photo, Sue.
Thanks, Allan! It was quite atmospheric
The hilltop villages, such wonderful places to explore.
Wonderful and moody black and white photos for the challenge. I love them all. They look very atmospheric. 🙂
Glad you like them! They were indeed atmospheric, all of them
Gorgeous, Sue. I believe the best ice cream is in Sienna, anyway, so I was told many years ago .. 😉
This is a good way from Sienna….but I agree about Italian ice cream!