Urban Wake-Up Call

Arco delle Scalette roundabout - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio Images
It’s no secret that I prefer walking around rather than driving around the old city center of Vicenza.

On foot I can see way more than I can behind the wheel, like this morning’s stroll around town admiring the recently planted springtime color as I went across a few of the old bridges that I recently showcased in Far From Madison County.

For me, it’s shoe leather all the way.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Palladio Images

The Palladian Traveler's Borsalino over cobblestone | ©Tom Palladio Images


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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.


  1. Besides, Italy hasn’t become a big player in the stylish tire market. Only makes sense that shoe leather is the means of choice. When I read your last post I was thinking I was missing some photos from your cobblestones. Thanks for the fix.


      1. I guess I was just being a little ethnocentric – being from MI and all. I am familiar with Pirelli tires – what a slip. After taking a bite out of my shoe – I think I’m the one who needs to go for some resoling. 🙂


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