Castello di Nipozzano wine tasting flight, Pelago

Pelago (Florence), Italy -- Amy, Dan Falato, and Elizabeth at a table set for a wine tasting flight and luncheon at the Castello di Nipozzano in the Chianti Rufina area. Built in the year 1000 as a defensive fortress, the Castello di Nipozzano Estate is now the...

Westin Excelsior hotel, Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy -- The bright lights of the Westin Excelsior hotel are reflected in the River Arno at night. The slightly larger section on the right originated as the Casa Rucellai in 1504 and later became the Hotel Italie. The smaller section on the left was a house...

Italian gold jewelry, Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy -- Italian gold jewelry, including gold chains, bracelets, gold earrings, necklaces, and rings, displayed for sale by one of the many jewellers' shops on the Ponte Vecchio, a famous hot spot for merchants since Medieval...

Piazza della Repubblica: Arcone, Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy -- The triumphal Arcone ("arch") on the west side of the Piazza della Repubblica, the city's ancient center, the site of its original Roman Forum, its former Mercato Vecchio ("old market") and former Jewish ghetto. A huge public works project...

Giotto’s Campanile at dusk, Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy -- The west side of Giotto's Campanile (bell tower) seen at dusk from street level on the Via de' Pecori. Obscured at left is the Battistero di San Giovanni, and behind that is the dome of Florence Cathedral (the Duomo -- or Basilica di Santa Maria del...

Campanile di Giotto from Duomo, Florence, Italy

Florence, Italy -- The east side of Giotto's Campanile (bell tower) seen from atop the dome of Florence Cathedral (the Duomo -- or Basilica di Santa Maria del Fiore). Designed by the early Italian Renaissance painter and architect Giotto di Bondone with a surface of...

Florence, Italy: Duomo view to Santa Croce, Bargello

Florence, Italy -- View from the cupola atop Florence's Duomo toward the southeast. The church at left is the Basilica of Santa Croce. The tower near the lower right edge is the Bargello. Running along the foot of the hills in the distance is the River Arno. Just...

Florence, Italy: Duomo view to Bargello, Palazzo Vecchio

Florence, Italy -- View from the cupola atop Florence's Duomo over rooftops toward the southeast. Running along the foot of the hills in the distance is the River Arno. Just across the river near the photo's left edge is the Porta San Niccolò, one of the city's...

Michelangelo’s tomb, Basilica of Santa Croce, Florence

Florence, Italy -- The tomb of Michelangelo Buonarroti in the Basilica of Santa Croce, designed by Giorgio Vasari. Above the tomb are three sculptures representing the personifications of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture, saddened by the death of the great master....

Dante Alighieri cenotaph, Santa Croce, Florence

Florence, Italy -- The cenotaph (empty tomb) for Dante Alighieri in the Basilica of Santa Croce, erected in 1829. The Italian poet was exiled from Florence (that sentence was rescinded in 2008) and residing in Ravenna when he died in 1321 on a return trip from Venice....

Four young women singing, Siena, Italy

Siena, Italy -- An older couple listens to the beautiful harmonies of a quartet of young women singing for donations on the west entrance ramp into Piazza del Campo from Via dei Pellegrini.

Antichita Mazzoni antiques store, Siena, Italy

Siena, Italy -- Antichita Mazzoni SNC, an antiques business at 8 Piazza San Giovanni, just off the back steps of Siena Cathedral, the marble of which is visible in the upper left corner. You can step inside the store on Google Street...

Fruit baskets, wine shop in Siena, Italy

Siena, Italy -- Baskets of fresh fruit displayed in front of the the old food shop at Via di Città 158 (Antica Bottega Di Marchetti Massimo E Khalimova Galina): Fresh grapes, apples, peaches, plums, oranges, and melons in baskets on fruit crates, a garlic garland,...

Torre del Mangia and Palazzo Pubblico, Siena, Italy

Siena, Italy -- The Torre del Mangia ("Tower of the Eater," left) and the Palazzo Pubblico (town hall) on the Piazza del Campo. Built between 1338 and 1348, the 289-foot tower was designed to be of equal height with Siena Cathedral. The Palazzo Pubblico is older, with...

San Gimignano towers from agritourismo in Tuscany

Gambassi Terme, Tuscany, Italy -- The towers of San Gimignano, on the horizon at top left, seen looking south-southwest from the vineyards and olive groves of Agritourismo Renai e Monte, a working farm in the Chianti hills of Val...

Colle di Val d-Elsa: Via San Sebastiano

Colle di Val d'Elsa, Italy -- Two people walk up Via San Sebastiano. which connects “Colle Bassa,” the lower, more modern portion of Colle di Val d'Elsa, with “Colle Alta”, the ancient town up on the hill. Colle di Val d'Elsa is a town of 20,000 in the province of...

Colle di Val d’Elsa: Piazza Canonica

Colle di Val d'Elsa, Italy -- Outdoor cafe in Piazza Canonica, up on the hill in the older, "colle alta" part of Colle di Val d'Elsa, a town of 20,000 in Tuscany southeast of San Gimignano.

Agritourismo in Tuscany near San Gimignano, Italy

Gambassi Terme, Tuscany, Italy -- The swimming pool and Monte houses at Agritourismo Renai e Monte, about 20 kilometers northwest of San Gimignano. Centered among vineyards and olive groves in the Tuscan hills of Val d’Elsa, this agritourismo is an oasis of country...

Wedding chapel at Kemper Center, Kenosha, Wisconsin

Kenosha, Wisconsin -- Wedding chapel interior at Kemper Center, the former Episcopal girls' school Kemper Hall, run by the Sisters of Saint Mary until 1975. The campus became a Kenosha County park in 1976 and Kemper Center, Inc. assumed management. Kemper Center is...

Ronald Reagan house side yard, Dixon, Illinois

Dixon, Illinois -- President Ronald Reagan spent hours during his boyhood playing football with his brother Neil and their friends in this yard on the north side of the Reagan family's 2-story, Queen Anne-style house at 816 S. Hennepin Ave. Reagan's parents, Jack and...

Reagan Way sign, Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, Dixon

Dixon, Illinois -- The brass historical marker sign at Reagan Memorial Park describing "Reagan Way." It reads: REAGAN WAY Hennepin Avenue was often walked by a young Ronald Reagan from home to downtown and back. The street has four landmark institutions that played a...

Ronald Reagan statue, Boyhood Home, Dixon, Illinois

Dixon, Illinois -- The Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, at 816 S. Hennepin Avenue, adjoins this small park, centered around a bronze statue of Ronald Reagan holding corn kernels in his hand. The sculpture was a gift from Dwayne Andreas, chief executive officer of Archer...

Ronald Reagan statue, Dixon, Illinois

Dixon, Illinois -- This statue of Ronald Reagan holding corn kernels in his hand stands at the center of the small park next to the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home at 816 S. Hennepin Avenue. Designed by Stan Efran of Inocast Corporation, the sculpture was a gift from...

Ronald Reagan boyhood kitchen, Dixon, Illinois

Dixon, Illinois -- The kitchen of the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home at 816 S. Hennepin Ave., with kitchen cabinets, Detroit Jewel ("They bake better") gas stove and oven, tea kettle and coffee pot. The Reagan family moved here in 1920, when Ronald Reagan was 9 years old,...

Ronald Reagan boyhood fireplace, loose tile

Dixon, Illinois -- The fireplace in the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home at 816 S. Hennepin Ave. The Reagan family moved here in 1920, when Ronald Reagan was 9 years old. The Reagans moved from here to anther Dixon home in 1923. Following decades of neglect, the house was...

Ronald Reagan boyhood fireplace, hidden pennies

Dixon, Illinois -- The fireplace in the Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home at 816 S. Hennepin Ave. The Reagan family lived here for about 2 years beginning in 1920, when Ronald Reagan was 9 years old. After decades of neglect, the house was virtually gutted in the early 1980s...

Ronald Reagan boyhood bedroom, Dixon, Illinois

Dixon, Illinois -- Boys' bedroom at the boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan. Neil Reagan and his younger brother Ronald shared the smallest bedroom in this house at 816 S. Hennepin Avenue from late 1920, when Ronald was 9 years old, until 1923. In addition to...

Ronald Reagan Boyhood Home, Dixon, Illinois

Dixon, Illinois -- This 2-story, Queen Anne style house at 816 S. Hennepin Avenue was the boyhood home of President Ronald Reagan. Reagan's parents, Jack and Nelle, moved to Dixon in 1920 when Ronald was 9 years old. The home has been restored to its 1920 condition...

Makawao Union Church, Maui, Hawaii

Paia, Maui, Hawaii -- Makawao Union Church, at 1445 Baldwin Ave., designed by architect Charles William Dickey and dedicated September 2, 1917 on the site of the former Paliuli Sugar Mill, donated by Maui businessman and politician Henry Perrine Baldwin. Baldwin...

Father Damien of Molokai, Holy Rosary Parish, Maui

Paia, Maui, Hawaii -- Statue at the shrine honoring Father Damien of Molokai, who spent over 16 years ministering to victims of leprosy (Hansen's disease) at the leper colony on Molokaʻi, and ultimately contracted and died from the disease himself. This shine is...

West Maui Mountains

Maui, Hawaii -- The West Maui Mountains, viewed from just off Honoapiilani Highway (Hwy. 30), between Maalaea and Lahaina.

Black Rock on Kaanapali Beach, Maui, Hawaii

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii -- Black Rock is a lava flow at Maui's westernmost tip, known as Pu'u Keka'a in Hawaiian. It cuts Kaanapali Beach in half, and an ocean current flows from this southern side around the Black Rock's tip, creating a popular Black Route Swim route...

Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa at sunset

Lahaina, Maui, Hawaii -- The setting sun shines on the Sheraton Maui Resort & Spa at Black Rock on Kaanapali Beach. The West Maui Mountains are visible in the distance.

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