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

10 Things I Will Miss About Tuscany

Peaceful Talks in Lucca

A Farewell Love Letter Just about a year ago, my family and I moved from Norway to Italy for a one year to stay in the city of the slanting tower. Naturally we had heard about this famous entrepreneural blunder, but I must admit we had hardly heard about Tuscany. If anything I had the impression Tuscany was a nice place for old and sick people in need of a … Continue reading

Siena (part two): the Magnificent Cathedral – a Head-Bowing Experience

Siena´s Gothic Cathedral

First impressions matter, and buying a ticket naturally comes before seeing the attraction. At the gothic cathedral in Siena the ticket boots are ridiculously low, and if you want to buy a ticket you must bow your head down and order it through a little hole. Whoever designed this ticket boot did a terrible job! Unless, off course, the point actually was to set the mood for the head-bowing experience … 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

A Postcard From Tuscany

view from the bathroom window

I don´t know what it is with the Villa Albertina. Perhaps it is the well proportioned airy rooms. The arcade which provide welcome shade on hot summer days. The protective layer of vines on the venerable facade. The outdoor areas with room for ball games, sunbathing, swimming, a swing, and a clothes line for wet towels. Or my personal favorite; a hammock in a quiet corner of the garden. Or … Continue reading

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