This photo is remarkable in that it quite accurately captures the pitch black darkness only 20m from the entrance of the cave that is home to the #tempiodivaladier (and a primary entrance to the #Frasassi cave system). You can just see the Tempio playing peek-a-boo on the left side of the photo. #italia#italy#throwback
I’m generally quite opposed to the use of animals for human pleasure - and the plight of carriage horses make me particularly sad. But I couldn’t take my eyes off these beauties and their rider, who immediately transported me back to old Florence. For what it’s worth, the horses were clearly very well taken care of. #travelphotography#wanderlust#firenze
Touching the clouds. At an elevation of 1,000 feet, the grounds of this old 17th century monastery is regularly shrouded in “mist” - which is actually clouds rolling off the mountaintop. A remarkable experience for a low-lander like me.
The (now) serene Sentino river running through the gorge between Monti di Frasassi and M. di Valmontagnana. Over thousands of years, this river has been one of the primary forces shaping local topography - including creating the Frasassi cave system. It now runs at a significantly lower elevation than it did thousands of years ago, through a gorge largely of its own creation.
This is the Sanctuary of Santa Maria infra Saxa - an ancient building (earliest recorded references date back to 1029) built by Benedictine Monks. It sits a few metres from the Tempietto di Valadier I posted about yesterday, hanging precariously off the edge of a cliff hundreds of metres in the air. It truly defines the word “wonderful.”