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.
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.
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!