Ask the Architect: San Gimignano Architecture

San Gimignano

A few weeks back I got my second question from a reader. (Thank you, Emily!) Sorry to say I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to post an answer for you yet, but here it is! The question: Hi Connie, In your opinion, how does San Gimignano’s architecture reflect its rise and fall of wealth and/or economic success and prosperity? Best, Emily My answer: Hi Emily, Thank … Continue reading

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

The Leaning Tower of Pisa

What started out as a structural blunder turned out to be the pride and joy of Pisa (partly reposted). It’s always nice to reminisce about bygone experiences, and especially when the Norwegian winter is lurking around every corner and seems everlasting. Last year the family lived in Pisa, Italy, and we had the magnificent bell tower of marble five minutes away from our home. (There were taken a few pictures … Continue reading

The Cinque Terre Experience – oh Sweet Memories

Cinque Terre, Monterosso al Mare

Winter has mercilessly arrived to the northern part of the world, and in lack of time and opportunity to emigrate to warmer places, we must try to find comfort in our golden memories from previous trips. Here is a short, but sweet, movie from one of our trips to the fabulous Cinque Terre in Italy. Enjoy! [youtube_sc url=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ISv7MlmVmc&feature=player_detailpage] … Continue reading

Siena (part one): Rooftops and the Piazza del Campo

Piazza del Campo in Siena

I have wanted to visit the great Piazza del Campo in Siena since I learned about it in architectural history class at the University. Its fishbone patterned floor was established when Siena had its golden age in the Middle Ages (like so many of the Tuscan towns). The promenade along the edge with coffeshops and restaurants contributes positively to the atmosphere of the place. Its unique fan-shape is defined by … Continue reading

Celebrating June in Pisa – Gioco del Ponte

GiocodelPonte

A little outdated maybe, but this post is about the conclusion of Giugno Pisana celebration. The Game of the Bridge is a battle of strength between Pisa’s Northern and Southern districts. Traditionally the two halves of the city, which are separated by the Arno River, are called Tramontana and Mezzogiorno. The Gioco del Ponte takes place on the Ponte di Mezzo (the middle bridge) on the last sunday of June, … Continue reading

Celebrating June in Pisa – La Luminara di San Ranieri

La Luminara di San Ranieri - 16th of June in Pisa

During the month of June there are several events in Pisa, as they celebrate their Guignio Pisana. On June 16th we witnessed the spectacular festival of the lights; La Luminara di San Ranieri, and it was indeed remarkable! On the evening before their Patron Saint´s day (San Ranieri) all electrical lights were switched off along the river Arno, and the Medieval houses, as well as the three main bridges, were … Continue reading

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