Very, Very Far from Madison County

The_Bridges_Of_Madison_CountyIn 1992, author Robert James Waller penned the best selling novel The Bridges of Madison County.

The book tells the story of a lonely Italian war bride (Francesca Johnson) who engages in an adulterous affair with a National Geographic photographer from Bellingham, Washington (Robert Kincaid) who has come to Madison County, Iowa in order to create a photographic essay on the covered bridges in the area.

The Bridges of Madison County was made into a 1995 film of the same title, directed by and starring Clint Eastwood as Kinkaid and co-starring Meryl Streep as Francesca.

But, Madison County, Iowa is some 5,000 miles away, as the old crow flies, from where I’m standing right now — in the Centro Storico (Historical Center) of Vicenza, Italy — and there’s not a row of corn in sight.

View of the Centro Storico from Ponte Furo - Vicenza, Italy | ©Tom Palladio ImagesSo, what’s up?

Actually, what’s ACROSS is a nice easy stroll around this three-river city to take in all eight of her bridges that dot the Centro Storico.

Enjoy the short video of bridges that are very, very far from Madison County — both in distance and time — but truly worthy of a National Geographic essay.

©The Palladian Traveler

Borsalino w/ props SMALL | ©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 and Anthology Magazine Ireland.


    1. Thanks, Sylvia. This is the third or fourth iteration on the BRIDGES theme that I’ve sent out in response to various photo challenges. Glad you still like it. Now, you’re not calling ME a pansy are u? 🙂


  1. Absolutely beautiful. I’ve been to Madison County and the bridges of Vicenza win hands down. I liked the book but hated the movie. I’m not a Clint Eastwood fan.


  2. I didn’t realize you were a Renaissance Man! Cooking, writing, photography, video editing, wine expert….wow, did I leave anything out? Love this.


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