Unusual: An Accidental Wildlife Walk In Rome

On a visit to Rome’s ancient Forum, the last thing I expected was to indulge in some wildlife photography! I loved Rome. I constantly found myself doing one of three things: Contemplating impressive feats of ancient engineering, eating beautiful thin crust pizzas in hot, sun-soaked piazzas and wondering how my trip further south could possibly…

Collage: Modern Messages In Antique Art

I was nervous about my visit to The Vatican City. As an atheist, I felt curious to explore but wasn’t sure that I would understand the messages conveyed within its walls. However my wonderful guide Fabi immediately convinced me otherwise. She was passionate about the stories that the art told. She made comparisons with modern…

Three Reasons I Fell For Florence

If I’m honest, I was drunk. The Chianti had gone to my head and the already glowing evening had taken on an ethereal quality, framed by a heavy Photoshop vignette.  The Duomo’s walls surged toward the night sky like trees trying to find the sunlight at the top of a jungle canopy. Its surrounding piazza,…

Bridges: Do They Connect or Divide Us?

Florence’s famous Medici family constructed an entire network of secret passages across the city to connect them to their residences, work and places of worship. Many take the form of tiny bridges that span narrow streets; barely noticeable at first glance. However Ponte Vecchio can’t be missed. Spanning the river Arno, even today its public…

Always Looking Up: Two Days In Venice

Venice’s celebrity stems from its wonders of engineering, its diversity and its rich ancient trade, but often we only think of its canals. It was the first destination on my journey through Italy, and in the time I spent purposefully losing myself in its narrow streets, the most important thing I learnt was to look…

Delta: Passing Time In Rome’s Pantheon

I got an acute sense of time passing inside Rome’s Pantheon. Not only because it was built almost two millennia ago, but because its ancient architecture acts as a colossal sun dial. The perfectly round hole in the top of the dome – deemed almost architecturally impossible even today – pours sunlight onto window after…