Italy Photo Essays

A Room With a View-a photo essay

Back in high school, the screen adaptation of E.M. Forster’s A Room with a View was a favorite of mine. I adored Helena Bonham Carter (this was back when she actually looked and dressed normally), I loved the story, and most importantly, was captivated by the film’s stunning cinematography. After watching the film’s opening sequence and hearing the words of Puccini’s “O Mio Bambino Caro” being sung in the background, I knew that I wanted to go to Florence. I made it there during my semester abroad in Spain when on vacation in Rome. Although my day trip to Florence was anything but ideal-it was hot, it was mobbed, it was closed (well, obviously the city wasn’t but many of the main sites were)-my favorite part was probably just walking around the city center area and being able to picture perfectly in my mind scenes from the film. I must have borrowed the VHS tape more than a dozen times from my local library and so everything was quite vivid even years later!

Smell! A true Florentine smell. Inhale, my dear. Deeper!
 Every city, let me tell you, has its own smell.-Eleanor Lavish

The banks of the Arno-
where Lucy & George rest after Lucy’s fainting spell

The Palazzo Vecchio
(a building located in the Piazza della Signoria)

“Perseus with the Head of Medusa”
one of the many statues located in the Piazza della Signoria

A sweeping view of the Piazza della Signoria-
site of the gruesome stabbing

Basilica di Santa Croce-
one of the city’s prominent sites where Lucy ventures alone

The monument to Dante inside the
Church of Santa Croce where Lucy is harassed by locals
A view that even Charlotte would have approved of
(the Florentine skyline as seen from Piazzale Michelangelo)

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  • Reply
    JoAnn M.
    March 23, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    Love, love, love this post! Florence is another city on my travel wish list, birthplace of Michelangelo, a personal favorite.

    “A Room with a View” was a beautiful movie. I agree, the opening scene featuring “O Mio Babbino Caro” was captivating. Helena Bonham Carter is a great actress, but she did get a little strange after hooking up with Tim Burton.

    Your photos are gorgeous! I especially love the ones of Cellini’s “Perseus” & the Florence Cathedral.

    I wish more movies would bring attention to the beautiful art work around the world. Everyone can benefit from more exposure to culture, especially here in the United States!

  • Reply
    the red headed traveler
    March 23, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    You always have the most eloquently put comments!

    Yes, there are definitely not enough art house films. If they could increase and the raunchy comedies or violent action films could decrease, the world would indeed be a better place (especially in the USA).

    It was a beautiful city to meander through and I truly felt like I was in the footsteps of Lucy. I’m a fan of all of Forster’s novels that were turned into movies. So beautifully done.

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    Sarah P | Travelling Is My Passion
    March 24, 2013 at 1:12 am

    Ahh Florence! Loved Florence as a whole but I think I also loved it so much because Florence had some of the homiest, loveliest Italian food! All those family-style restaurants – sigh, I’d happily go back to Italy in a heartbeat (:

    Hope you managed to try some of the local cuisine even though you only visited on a daytrip!

    Anyway, I’ve got A Room With A View on my to-read shelf! And you’ve inspired me to push it up to the front of the list (:

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    the red headed traveler
    March 24, 2013 at 1:42 am

    I ate at a “less than memorable” spot in Florence. It wasn’t the restaurant’s fault but my meal was definitely ruined by my first ever venture with “water with gas” aka carbonated water. Ugh! I could not get the horrid taste out of my mouth (it’s not at all big in the United States like it is in Europe and other places). As a whole, I need to return to Italy for no other reason than to try out the food!

    It’s a good book although nothing compares to seeing Florence and the English countryside on the screen 🙂

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