The beautiful walled town of Amelia in Umbria, taken from the south on the road leading to Giove.
Amelia lies in the south of Umbria, on a hill overlooking the Tiber River to the east and the Nera River to the west. Some believe that Amelia is the oldest town in Umbria. It was supposedly founded by a legendary Umbrian king, King Ameroe, who gave the city the name Ameria. Cato the Elder is reported as saying that Ameria was founded 963 years before the war with Perseus (171-168 BC), so 1134 BC, though this date cannot be considered accurate.
The city was later occupied by the Etruscans, later still by the Romans, and occupied a strategic location in the Second Latin War (340-338 BC), lying on a loop of the Via Cassia called the Via Amerina, which started at Falerii and crossed the Tiber at Castellum Amerinum (probably Orte).
Here, toward the right of the picture, you can see the dome of the splendid Duomo and the Civic Tower, both built at the highest point of the town. The cathedral dates from the 9th Century though was rebuilt in the 17th Century. The Civic Tower, a beautifully simple octagonal structure 30 metres high, dates from the 11th Century.
A larger vesion can be seen here on "beta" TE.
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npecanhuk (66344) 2014-02-08 17:09
Very beautiful place!
Very attractive picture!
Sharpness, exposure, colors, chosen pov and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats,
jadesgran (5357) 2014-02-08 23:00
This looks an interesting town to visit.I like your P.O.V.showing the town looking proud and majestic on top of the hill.The ocre colours of the buildings stand out well against the trees and sky.
jjcordier (76858) 2014-02-08 23:14
Très belle mise en image de cette superbe ville d'Amelia magnifiquement situé dans ce bel environnement.
marabu61 (8589) 2014-02-09 2:58
A scene in the true style of our friend Silvio Sorcini (Silvio1953), these italian hilltop towns are a truly great sight. Superb POV with the lush greenery in the foreground giving the composition a nice depth.
have a great sunday
dta (67294) 2014-02-09 4:05
Hello John ,
Très joli point de vue sur ce typique village perché . l'image est en outre bien composée .
macjake (57074) 2014-02-09 5:04
Hi again John
So i hear there are many many 'Hilltop' towns in Italy that are worth visiting...i'll have to keep that in mind when I eventually travel here.
reading the note, it really puts things into perspective about just how young Canada is compared to places in Europe...amazing history here.
If only we had a time machine eh?
For some reason, I don't think it would have looked much different hundreds of years ago either :)
you have a find composition with the trees, the greens, the blue sky with large clouds, and the light striking the town illuminating it like a beacon...not sure how you could improve upon it.
a sight to see for sure!!!
looks similar to the places we see our dear friend Silvio post.
have a great day
Silvio1953 (123603) 2014-02-09 10:53
Ciao John, nice see my Umbria from you, fascinating landscape with lovely old town, splendid light and wonderful natural colors, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio
SnapRJW (31469) 2014-02-09 21:27
Hello John - We will be in Umbria in May so this shot has special appeal for me. You show the lovely hill town off to great advantage. I especially like the swath of green in the FG, it adds immediacy and acts as a super foil for the honey coloured building perched on the hill. Your nicely figured sky completes a fine shot. Have a good (dry) week. Rosemary
emka (79926) 2014-02-09 23:44
Hi John, I like the name of this town and it looks so marvelous situated on the hill. In every other country it would be a well known gem, in italy it is one of many. Fantastic panorama. The photo like the ones we see in Silvio's gallery.
WArm regrads from WArsaw, have a beautiful week
Royaldevon (30237) 2014-02-10 1:09
This reminds me very much of scenes that I saw in Tuscany, with red roved houses covering hilltops, standing out proudly against a warm sky. (Oh warmth ... it's like a mirage at the moment!)
I particularly like how you have composed this, using the f/g foliage to frame the scene, give a sense of depth and create the diagonal thirds.
We can tell what a deep valley there is between the f/g and the town, which is very well positioned in the frame.
You have done a good job with this as I'm sure the light was quite harsh but the colours are very natural.
Have a great day,
saxo042 (37578) 2014-02-10 1:15
A very attractive cityscape here with all the houses built in a uniform style and a uniform colour. Of course the supply of available building materials had a decisive impact on the result. But it looks very harmonic. The two peaks are well placed in the picture, one with the town and one yet to be explored by builders. A very interesting note and a very good picture!
holmertz (41753) 2014-02-14 7:30
This is a lovely, classical view from central Italy. I have seen similar photos many times but who could ever get tired of a scenery like this? It's a straightforward and well balanced composition and you handled the light very nicely. The clouds are lovely too. I remember that during my first journet to Italy long ago I was amazed to see clouds looking exactly like in ancient paintings. I had always believed that clouds like those were just creations of the imaginations of the painters.
annjackman (19937) 2014-02-15 5:14
This is typically Italian with the characteristic town on top of a hill with the terracotta colours and tree-clad slopes. Beautifully rendered image - wish I was there!
Kind Regards, Ann
p.s. no power again last night but this time for 10 hours not 3 days! What a storm that was.
- Copyright: John Cannon (tyro) (20696)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2011-07-31
- Categories: Nature, Architecture
- Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II, Canon 24-70mm f/2.8L USM, Hoya 77mm Pro1D UV(0)
- Exposure: f/11, 1/125 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Map: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-08 14:57