GUINIGI TOWER LUCCA
Goethe once observed, Tuscany looks like Italy should [look]." The Cruise Ship Crystal Serenity, on which I was serving as a guest lecturer, docked in Livorno, the 15th century sea port on the Tyrrhenian Sea coast of Italy. Livorno is the gateway to Italy's Tuscan region and to many spectacular sights; including the Leaning Tower of Pisa, and the overwhelming prize of all, the timeless city of Florence. There is also the lovely town of San Gimignano, abounding in medieval towers, which was featured in a photo by my good friend, Hakan Delic. On this particular stopover in Livorno, I decided to journey to the charming medieval town of Lucca.
During the late Medieval and Early Renaissance days the Guinici family represented one of the most important families of Lucca. Paolo Guinigi, who ruled the town during the first half of the XV century, commissioned the construction of Case (House of) Guinigi, comprised of a group of mansions and towers, creating an unusually beautiful example of Medieval architecture. Construction on the Guinigi Tower seen in the photograph, commenced in 1384, and it is the only one of the four original towers to have survived. Rising to 44.25 m (145 ft), the tower offers a majestic view of the city. At the top of the 14-story tower is a hanging garden, featuring seven holm oaks.
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mesutilgim (84442) 2007-05-23 15:54
Merhaba sevgili Bülent kardeşim,
Harika bir kare, ve her zaman olduğu gibi müthiş açıklamalar.
Ellerine sağlık, tebrikler
savasava (2) 2007-05-23 16:01
i agree with you.This is how i imagine old cities, streets in Italy
Clementi (52514) 2007-05-23 16:39
bellissima composizione ottimo il pov,
molto bella la torre con l'albero sopra .
bostankorkulugu (42046) 2007-05-24 5:28
aslında balonlu fotoğrafınıza bayıldım ama ona söylenen söylenmiş zaten... bu da hoş bir kompozisyon, bakış açısı ve renkler de güzel ama keskinlik ve netlik biraz problemli... notunuz ise her zamanki gibi çok doyurucu... elinize sağlık profesör...
meltemi (0) 2007-05-24 5:31
wonderful view of this famous tower, with an enormous holm-oak that stands on top of it, as a symbol of rebirth and of power for the Gunigi family. I like the way you framed this quite expressive tower. Details and contrast are very well rendered as well.
Silvio1953 (122353) 2007-05-24 8:58
Hi Bulent, wonderful architecture with splendid tower, also in Umbria, Spello we have a tree up a tower, very well done, ciao Silvio
feather (51130) 2007-05-24 9:13
It's an amazing sight to see the tree at the top of the tower. A perfectly framed photo in vertical format looking up the narrow street to the tower. Well done
papagolf21 (86226) 2007-05-24 17:34
Cher ami Bulent,
Je réponds à votre question tout de suite avant d'oublier.
Le chateaubriand est une tranche épaisse de filet de buf grillé, qui n'a rien à voir avec l'écrivain. ! ;o)
J'aime ces couleurs qui nous plongent dans l'une des ruelles de cette belle ville de Lucca. Il ne manque plus que le linge aux fenêtres et le chant d'une mélodie populaire.
Ambiance parfaitement restituée.
salvator (19102) 2007-05-24 18:48
Hello Bulent Bey,
Superb composition, superb details. The colors are superb, the clear blue sky extraordinary. I think it wraps up the whole photo. Your notes are superb as always. Best personal regards. Salvator.
gunbud (34066) 2007-05-24 22:52
Wonderful POV shows the majestic tree topped tower through the excellent frame of the ancient narrow lane and the old balcony line buildings.
axiotea (21649) 2007-05-25 2:34
Nice POV from inside the narrow streets of Lucca, up to this beautiful medieval tower with trees growing on top of it...well controlled difficult light condition and natural choice of vertical framing.
ALIRIZA (16423) 2007-05-25 10:17
Merhaba Bülent Abi,
Guinigi Kulesi'ni dar sokaklar arasından çok iyi görüntülemişsiniz. Işık ve kadraj harika. Ellerinize sağlık...
İyi bir hafta sonu dileklerimle, selam ve saygılar...
delic (6735) 2007-05-25 16:03
Torre dei Guinigi is quite difficult to photograph. One has to deal with either high contrast, or poor viewpoint, or tourists. Here you have found a good vantage point from an amazingly empty street in July. In this fine composition, not only do we see the tower, but also the typical architecture of Lucca. The view from the top of the tower is really something.
henrytf (985) 2007-05-26 2:21
I like your picture of the Guinigi Tower topped with those majestic holm oaks and their picturesque rounded heads. I happened to spend a few hours in Lucca and though I remember quite well its numerous little churches and the Piazza Anfiteatro I hadn't noticed the tower. How did I miss it? Now thanks to your photograph and its accompanying note my information has been updated.
carper (96) 2007-05-26 3:01
a very nice one Bulent.
the street is well taken, the perspective is nice, the shot is not an easy on but even you did do a good job here. Have a nice weekend my friend.
pablominto (53744) 2007-05-27 3:43
I like the view of this narrow back street, always interesting to move around places like this when you visit a town!
You capture the atmosphere well, and the tall buildings will shadow for the sun most of the day...
Tight framing, and the red sign is an eye-catcher... stay out!
kdialyna (3148) 2007-05-28 7:49
Good morning my friend.
Your picture has really the smell from Italy.
This narrow little street with these colors and architectonic, only in Italy could be.
Very good idea from you to frame the tower from the typical Italian houses with the nice "warm" earth colors and the blue sky behind.
Have you a nice week.
Bluejeans (64249) 2007-05-28 8:38
Ola Bulent bonita foto com esta Torre GUINIGI vista por esta rua estreita ,gostei da lus e das sombras, bonitas cores , bom ponto de vista!!
Um abraço amigo
puzzle (700) 2007-05-28 8:54
cok ilginc bir kompozisyon gercekten,ve cok guzel bir kompozisyon,kuleyi ortalamak,one cıkarma acısından cok guzel bir fikir..
danos (86805) 2007-05-28 10:21
nice the view of Guiningi Tower across of this narrow street with these old houses.It's a good composition with a great of POV.The shadows and the lights in the narrow street are well captured but i think,that the tower is a little bit overexposured in connection with the foreground.I know it's difficult to capture a shot like these lighting conditions.Never mind it's a marvellous photo.
jrj (34841) 2007-05-28 11:29
I really like the trees here on the terracce, not least on the top of the tower. Something special in the village with the narrow streets. Typical medival city with the village close to the old tower. Well seen Bulent.
missninja (497) 2007-05-29 6:13
Nice captured and a good pov. I like those old tight streets. You can still feel the breath of history breeze in there. And your note is as always very interesting.
Warm regards from Germany!
sothy81 (9568) 2007-05-29 6:21
THis is a very nice photo. I love it. A great conner of a city. A very nice frame with great vertical view. Well done
berseph (1758) 2007-05-29 23:52
The garden on top of the tower is quite interesting, and I enjoy the framing of the tower by the narrow passageway typical of the Italian streets with an excellent POV.
Angshu (55669) 2007-05-30 3:51
Hello Professor "A"
A good example of framing...the tight alley does help & what else than a vertical format for such framing! What is also interesting is the brightly lit up right against the darkish left, creates an additional interest.
With warm Regards
norenastramus06 (1226) 2007-05-31 11:47
Güzel bir açıdan çok güzel bir komposizyon.renk persfektiv ve contrast harika.
PixelTerror (0) 2007-06-03 17:58
The vertical framing well detached from the surrounding buildings is quite effective here and the street provides a good visual progression to the tower, you might want to clean the little remaining noise visible in the blue sky area.
Have a nice day, JY
MLINES (12516) 2007-06-04 20:52
Hi Bulent, I like this well composed shot down an interesting alleyway with the main subject at the end as you have composed it. Good work and excellent notes. Murray.
JCG (35129) 2007-06-06 1:34
The inhibiting signal is required here because it is difficult to pass to 2 cars in these little roads. Pretty catch of sight on this original tower with its garden perched high. The point of view top must be formidable. An interesting photograph doubled as usual of the instructive note, thank you Bülent.
With all my friendships and a very good day,
paprika-jancsi (2349) 2007-08-08 13:58
Bellissima Signor Bulent. God willing I'll be there soon, although I have seen it 50 years ago. Janos
Manamo (3682) 2007-08-21 19:11
ahhh la toscane!!
Goethe also wrote something like: "A man can stand anything except a succession of ordinary days."
It's impossible for me to imagine an ordinary day in a beautiful place like tuscany. I enjoyed my time there and your photo has this good feeling one can get when strolling the streets of a tuscan town. we can feel the heat, smell the odor of the flowers and of the clean clothes hanging to dry.
Your picture is not of your nicest with some composition mistakes(according to me): the red car, the wrong way sign, the faded colors and the soft focus. But, it has this feeling that most photos we can see in a day won't have.
romanaa (7966) 2008-01-12 14:19
browsing your gallery I have discovered this picture of Lucca - I was there about 15 years ago, I am happy to see that the trees are still there. They are so special. I like the symmetry of the picture and high contrast of light and shadow.
Best wishes from the Czech Republic