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



    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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