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Weekly Photo Challenge: Twist

The Italians seem to have a love for the spiral staircase.

At the massive Vatican Museums, I was literally twisting this way and that way, trying to take it all in.

Of course, there was absolutely no way I could digest all of the 54 separate galleries, more than 70,000 sculptures, paintings, and other masterpieces, in a single afternoon.

Six hours inside the 42,000 square metre Museums was completely overwhelming, and by the end of the day, it seemed appropriate to join the other 20,000 dazed and bewildered visitors walking down Giuseppe Momo’s spiral stairs to exit the Vatican Museums.

The spiral stairs of the Vatican Museums

The spiral stairs of the Vatican Museums, designed by Giuseppe Momo in 1932

At the UNESCO world heritage listed 16th Century, Villa d’Este, in Tivoli, we found this ancient looking spiral staircase hidden within the Palace’s walls.

Villa d'Este

Quite a contrast to the Villa d’Este’s grounds, which are full of terraced greenery, cascading waterfalls, grottos, fantastic fountains and renaissance sculptures. And while this “masterpiece of the Italian garden” was so influential, that it had a profound impact on garden design throughout Europe – for us, it was simply a lovely way to spend some time out of the scorching Mediterranean sun.

Have you visited any extraordinary gardens on your travels? Tell us about it!

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13 Comments Post a comment
  1. LOVE this photo – we took an almost identical picture when we were there! 🙂

    May 25, 2014
    • Heh heh, I think there are a lot of that pic floating around. I saw it a few times, just while I was researching the Vatican to write this post!

      May 25, 2014
  2. Brings back memories of our trip to Rome in 2004.

    May 25, 2014
  3. That is some staircase and nicely captured…

    May 25, 2014
  4. Great shot wonderful depth of field and perfect exposure!

    May 25, 2014
    • Thanks so much, but I must confess that all I did was press the button on my automatic camera. 😉 I think the light was low enough, that the shutter stayed open just long enough to capture the movement. 🙂

      May 26, 2014
  5. Great photo. You’ve given me an idea for my entry. 🙂

    May 26, 2014
  6. This is so true! And in the old cathedrals, etc they are all for teeny tiny people! I love it but not for the claustrophobic 🙂

    February 5, 2015
    • Getting to the top of St. Peters Basilica was an exercise in claustrophobia! The stairs kept getting narrower and narrower and smaller and smaller. I’m sure there are some tourists that can’t fit through there, no matter what. :p

      February 6, 2015
      • Oh I know exactly what you are talking about! There are some where my head and both arms were touching at all times, and I’m small! Always worth it though 🙂

        February 7, 2015

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