My area code here in Italy is 0444, and it’s where I’m phoning in on my iPhone 5 the narrative and frames for this week’s Phoneography Challenge: MACRO.

Phoneographic Genuflect | ©Tom Palladio ImagesI’m standing outside Vicenza’s Cathedral of the Annunciation of the Virgin Mary, or il Duomo as most locals refer to this ornate house of worship.

Designed by architect Lorenzo of Bologna, construction of the Duomo began in earnest in 1482 and was completed in 1562. The cupola and the northside doorway were planned by Rennaisance master builder Andrea Palladio.

Like many of the iconic structures that dot the centro storico (historic center), the Duomo was nearly completely destroyed by Allied bombing raids over the city during World War II. When the rubble was cleared, only the original facade of the Duomo survived the attacks.

Today, now fully restored, the Duomo serves as the seat of the Bishop of Vicenza, who lives right across the street.

If you’ll lower your voice and mute the ringer on your cell phone, let’s go inside and take a look.

To view the MACRO acumen of more dial-tone shooters entered in this week’s Phoneography Challenge, just click HERE.

If you occasionally shoot with an iThingie, why not join in the fun and hone your craft. There’s a rotating Phoneography Challenge each and every Monday. For details, visit Sally’s Lens and Pens by Sally.

Until next Monday, let your iThingie be your lens.

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Tom Paladio Images

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Written by The Palladian Traveler

Tom traded his hometown St. Louis Cardinals' baseball cap in the United States for a Borsalino and he now hangs his "capello" 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 cobblestone streets 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 along the cobblestone via TravelingBoy.com.

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