Passeggiata Palladiana

With the start of the New Year now underway, I’m turning over a new leaf and will occasionally team up with Orna “Leafy” O’Reilly from Dublin, Ireland — host of Orna O’Reilly: Travelling Italy — to marry her original poetry with my photography, and, sometimes, vice versa. The end result is something we’re calling PHOETRY.

What follows is our first collaborative effort, Passeggiata Palladiana, about a recent passeggiata (stroll) through snow-covered Vicenza, Italy — the City of Palladio.


Passeggiata Palladiana

Vicenza this morning was sunny and cold
As we dressed in our warmest and went for a stroll.

The porticos uphill were laden with snow
And the view was quite stunning from Mont’ Berico.

The Jewel of Veneto’s snow-covered peaks
Look like panettone with frosting so sweet.

 Next, down the scalette — just watch for the ice —
And to Villa Rotonda we walk in a trice.

White fields and black trees make the photographs pop
And Palladio’s masterpiece is where we stop.

Through the Valley of Silence, our next port-of-call
Is the Villa where nani perch high on the wall.

Across frosty cobble, past snow-covered gates
We return to the city: macchiato awaits!

©The Palladian Traveler | ©Orna O’Reilly


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 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 and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


  1. Dear Orna- this a perfect media for you. Well done.Simplicity is the hardest thing to achieve well. Love your photos and admire your poetry. Phoetry is an excellent idea. More please.Bonne Annee. Henrietta Taylor xx


  2. Wonderflu, Tom! Enjoyed the tour—and all that snow! Happy New Year, looking forward to meeting you in the coming year.


  3. I enjoyed the collaboration and a beautiful way to explore an area. It came at a perfect time as I was considering visiting Vicenza on my upcoming trip in a few weeks to Verona. I had seen the Palladio, but hadn’t been to the city center and to visit the other villa.


  4. What a wonderful idea! Now with the talents of both of you, we readers will benefit twice as much! Awesome and buona fortuna! Also Congratualtions on your nomination in the Italy Magazine blogger awards!


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