Portico View from Porto Venere

This is a silhouetted view of the Ligurian Sea from the portico of the little Church of St. Peter on the cliff just above the Byron Grotto at Porto Venere, Italy. Supposedly, 18th century English Romanticism poet Lord George Gordon Byron, an excellent swimmer, dove into the choppy sea from there and made his way in high winds to Lerici, a distance of 8 km (4.8 mi), to visit his fellow poet Percy Bysshe Shelley. Shelley later drowned, just shy of his 30th birthday, in those very same waters returning home from Livorno (Leghorn) by boat. His death, coupled with the commune of poets who frequented the area back in the day, is why the Golfo di Lerici (Golf of Lerici) is nicknamed Golfo dei Poeti (Golf of Poets).

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Tom swapped his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "cappello" in the Puglia region of southeastern Italy. A veteran print and broadcast journalist, with well-worn passports that have got him into and out of 50 countries and counting, Tom fell in love with the "Bel Paese" years ago. As he notes, "I'm inspired by the beauty I find in all things that are very, very old, and reliving history, or at least meandering along the travertine and cobblestone that were laid down over a thousand years ago and just looking up and marveling at what occupies the space still today, really gets my 'Vespa' running." Tom has a good eye behind the lens and is a graphic storyteller, but he'll let you decide as he keeps his camera batteries fully charged and the posts flowing from his creative hideaway in the hills overlooking Ostuni. You can also follow his dispatches via TravelingBoy.com and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


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