Old town Trapani

Postcards From Italy

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Words by Dalene Heck / Photography by Pete Heck

Once again, we’ve saved some of our best pictures from Italy until last!


A lone painter beside a canal.

Venice painter

At the Piazza San Marco.

Venice ornament

One of many gondolas.

Venice lone gondola

A colorful window, symbolic of the colorful town.

Burano colorful window

Cracked and fading in the bright sunlight.

Burano doorstep

Statue of Neptune in Piazza Maggiore.

A day trip from Bari included a stop to see some “Trulli” – ancient traditional stone huts with conical roofs.

Trullis in Alberbello

And also to the town of Gravina, to see an ancient Roman bridge.

Gravina bridge

A bird rests on the head of a saint.

Catania statue

For all the bounty that she brings, Mount Etna’s power can be devastating.

Mt Etna devastated house

The old town of Trapani is most beautiful at dusk.

Old town Trapani

So is the coastline, with islands seen in the distance.

Trapani coast

The island of Favignana was inspiring.

Favignana coastline

Our afternoon visiting Erice (a small town on a cliff above Trapani), was fraught with cold and fog.

Cold street of Erice

The most beautiful place we’ve ever been to? Probably Amalfi.

Amalfi beach

Even when it appears ready to storm.

Amalfi dark

And especially at dusk, when from the pier, the village is welcoming.

Amalfi from pier

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    1. Cheers Abi! It’s probably my favorite also. Fortunately I had the settings right as I had to be quick to capture it.

    1. LOL, I’m already putting the bug in Dalene’s ear that we need to upgrade, so if you can convince her, it’s yours 😉

    1. Thanks Kieu, that’s the best compliment we could receive 🙂 To be a better photographer, I can only suggest just keep shooting and read lots. We still consider ourselves newbies and we’re learning so much every day that we take the camera out.

    1. Thanks Jana! We shoot with a Canon EOS T3i Rebel (AKA 600D in Europe). What’s more important is the glass we shoot with. We generally shoot with the 18-55mm lens and the 50mm macro lens. There are plans for an upgrade when we get to New York though…

      1. Thanks for the reply! I’m still using a cheap digital camera, but seeing photos like yours really makes me want to get more serious about photography. Professional-looking photos make a huge difference to the image of your blog.

    1. Agreed, we took just a couple photos 🙂

      When I first went through the selection process for this post I think I had around 50-60 picked out. Dalene had to be the critical judge and each one she tossed I groaned at.

    1. That’s my favorite too! We just happened to be walking by and I quickly whispered to Pete: “Quick! Camera!” Haha, we were lucky the settings were right the first time!

  1. Gorgeous photos! I am dying to go to the Amalfi Coast and Venice. So far I’ve only been to Rome, Florence, and Perugia. I haven’t even heard of some of these cities, but they look beautiful–especially Gravina!

    1. Gravina wasn’t much to write home about, really – we stopped solely to see that bridge. After Amalfi, probably our favorite stop was Trapani – so awesome!

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