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Melfi is a town and comune in the Vulture area of the province of Potenza, in the Southern Italian region of Basilicata.
Inhabited by the Daunians and Lucanians, under the Romans it was included in the area of the colony of Venusia, founded in 291 BC. After the fall of Western Roman Empire, Melfi gained importance in the Middle Ages as a strategic point between areas controlled by the Byzantines and those controlled by the Lombards. Melfi was captured several times by the struggling powers of the region, until it was assigned to the Norman leader William I of Hauteville. The Hauteville family started from here their conquest of southern Italy, which, in the early 12th century, led to the creation of the Kingdom of Sicily.
In 1059 Melfi became the capital of the Duchy of Apulia. Papal counciles were held in the city in the same year and in 1109.
In 1231, Emperor Frederick II proclaimed the Constitutions of Melfi (or Constitutiones Augustales) here, reinforcing control over his ever-expanding territory. He created a bureaucracy of paid officials, who among other things imposed a tax system on the local feudal rulers, who resented it but could not resist.
Later, the town shared the fate of the entire Kingdom of Naples, falling into a long period of decline, and suffering from a number of earthquakes.
The town enjoyed a revival of sorts from the beginning of the 19th century, and recently has gained additional prosperity when the Italian auto firm, FIAT, built a factory here.
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serp2000 (42218) 2012-06-22 6:12
Ciao, Silvio, my neighbour today,
Good presentation of the small cozy town. So lovely backyard. Somewhere In Time! Well seen.
Have a good WE!
Sonata11 (33697) 2012-06-22 6:39
I like the all places from Italy. They have a special beauiful atmosphere, which I love it. You captured them Silvio, beautifully, flawlessly and always interesting POV. I really love your gallery. Thanks for sharing and thanks for positing beautiful pictures.
papagolf21 (91440) 2012-06-22 8:50
Bonjour, cher Silvio,
J'aime beaucoup ce genre de composition. Tu as su saisir ces lieux magiques, qui possèdent une âme à tous points de vue.
Une véritable peinture teintée d'histoire.
kennyblack (4207) 2012-06-22 9:26
Ciao caro Silvio
Bellissima immagine con una splendida luce laterale che crea un bellissimo gioco di ombre. Molto belli e caldi i colori. Ottimo POV e scelta dei dettagli. Grazie per la condivisione... a presto. Un caro saluto da parte nostra a Voi due ... Marino & Desy
mesutilgim (89752) 2012-06-22 12:56
Again a perfect cample how a good pov should be !
Very nice capture of this courtyard with perfect light and perfect layout.
TFS and best regards
eldancer1 (32802) 2012-06-22 18:33
Very nice use of the door to frame this classic architecture. Great composition of light and shadows. Good pov and dof with sharp details. Well done, tfs.
baddori (20011) 2012-06-22 22:53
Passo più tempo a guardare foto e scrivere critiche ...che a fotografare .
Uno splendido lavoro.
Una costruzione iniziale e forse un quartierino, non so se ancora, familiare.
abmdsudi (47604) 2012-06-23 8:14
Another such attractive dwelling from this olde small alley and the archway leads in nicely. What attract me most is the all yellow painted walls make an attractive contrast. I also appreciate the light management which gives a very clear and pleasant view in the shade with natural colours and atmosphere. Well done, TFS
dkmurphys (53539) 2012-06-23 11:11
Another mysterious and attractive scene. I like the elements of this old town street. Well taken.
Cricri (112071) 2012-06-24 3:41
Ciao ami Silvio
Un intérieur presque intimiste, dans l'ombre et la lumière, belle présentation et note intéressante
agjika (3616) 2012-06-25 16:16
What a charming path/courtyard. Beautiful colours and light. I wish that "half person was either whole or not there at all"!.
Lovely atmosphere and sharpness.
ourania (37374) 2012-08-15 2:34
bella vista, gradevole ed intima nel pittoresco vicolo di Melfi. L' architettura antica con i suoi colori e dettagli e' catturata con ottima nitidezza e chiarezza nell' illuminazione variata grazie alla tua eccellente gestione di luce. La profondita' e' accattivante e la misteriosa figura di donna ed i fiori sul balcone offrono vivacita' e sapore di vita quotidiana. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buon ferragosto,