Saturday, January 26, 2013

Shadow Shot Sunday 176 - Dolceacqua


What battlements are casting this fine shadow over the Nervia valley in Italy, not far from the border town of Ventimiglia? It is the castle Doria set high above the medieval village of Dolceacqua.


The ruins of the castle are well worth the climb both for the glorious views of the valley and the village, as well as the picturesque ruins themselves...something captured by Monet in one of his paintings (1884)...


The rest of the village is quite delightful with picturesque covered streets and arches, open plazas and churches, quaint shops and art galleries, and plenty of great restaurants and cafes...


The village is divided into the old town - Terra and the modern section - Borgo connected by the beautiful 15th century bridge called the Ponte Romano...



It makes for a lovely day out from Nice and is feasible to reach by public transport - a train to Ventimiglia and then a bus up to the village. Check the schedules as the buses are infrequent but on time...


For more shadow shots this week, click HERE for Shadow Shot Sunday....Enjoy!

16 comments:

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful captures, a delightful, historical place and wonderful skies as well!! All that and great shadows as well!! Doesn't get any better than that, Catherine!! Hope you have a lovely weekend!!

Ralph said...

The mighty castle sits up high for protection (for itself) as it casts its mighty shadow onto the land below (slightly intimidating). But now powerless as as a destination, we can more full enjoy the views in a more peaceful than when it was built. The look down is beautiful!

Paula Scott said...

What an absolutely glorious series of images-so many wonderful shadows you've captured here amongst the ruins.

Rajesh said...

Wonderful architecture.

Chubskulit Rose said...

Such a beautiful view!

Shadow Shots
Have a great weekend!

Gerald (Hyde DP) said...

Lovely shadows from on high - note the snow situation in our part of the UK is nowhere near as bad as it is in some parts.

Crafty Gardener said...

awesome shadow photos of the castle, love the reflection in the last one

Gemma Wiseman said...

These castle ruins are so fascinating! Those walls look so solid and impressive! And love the play of light and shadow!

Carol L McKenna said...

How lovely ~ great shadow shots and what a place to live ~

Carol of: (A Creative Harbor)

Audrey said...

magnifique endroit !

HOOTIN ANNI said...

Wow...not only the excellent shadows but so interesting the cultural commentary and beautiful landscaping.

Tina´s PicStory said...

fantastic shadow shots! thanx for stopping by :)

robin. said...

such beautiful shots here and the last one with the reflection in the water is lovely!!!!

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

I really like that imposing shadow of the castle in the first photo. What a view!

louciao said...

Looks absolutely delightful!

Beverley Baird said...

What a gorgeous place to visit. The ruins are lovely and the sights to be seen are so lovely!