Wednesday, 12 May 2010
An Esthetic Feast: prima parte........by Trudi E.
Deviating slightly from the subject of French faience todays blog is from our guest blogger, QCI member, Trudi and her subject: Italian ceramic tiles.
This spring our trip from our French home started on the small Italian island of Capri, which is 5 km from the mainland on the South side of the Bay of Naples. It has been a celebrated beauty spot and resort for artists, writers and celebrities since the later half of the 19th Century, and has inspired many of their works.
We were greeted by panoramic views of the bay and a gorgeous sunset.
After leaving Capri on a small private boat, we traveled by sea along the rugged and scenic Amalfi coast. We stopped at several grottos, where the water and the reflection of light created a kaleidoscope of dramatic color.
Within an hour we arrived at our next port in the small and picturesque town of Positano.
It is perched on the face of a mountain with colorful buildings stacked in tiers on the cliffs, and hundreds of steep stairs instead of streets.
Our first visual delight was the Majolica multicolored tile dome of the Church of Santa Maria Assunta.
Our next stop was Praiano, a 20 minute car ride from Positano.
I hope you have enjoyed this first part of our journey and will join me again soon for the seconda parte.