Restaurant Trattoria Anima Bella in Venice

I have a weakness for food and Italian restaurants. This is “Anima Bella” in Venice. The name means “Beautiful Soul”

My Italian Travels

I have been blessed with an Italian wife and one of the joys of our relationship is that she has a large extended family in Italy.

They are warmhearted wonderful people who have accepted me into their family. As a result, Italy is a second home and I have fallen in love with this sun filled crazy making musical place. Italy is a land of wonders.

These pictures are a subset of my Travel Images because they hold an emotional place in my heart.

“A man who has not been in Italy, is always conscious of an inferiority.”

Samuel Johnson
11 April 1776

The Italian summer sun and warm perfumed air is perfect for drying fruits and vegetables. Once you get out of the big cities an into the country where the people live a more traditional lifestyle one finds tomatoes and peppers hung out to dry everywhere as fall approaches.

But wait ….. lets do this in some sort of order. I will group these pictures into places that have become special to me. You will appreciate them more if you know where we are. So, where to begin? Well, I do love Venezia!

I love the Hop-On Hop-Off bus. They are in every major city in Europe and are the best way to get a quick overview and travel cheaply from place to place. Here we are approaching Santa Maria Maggiore in Rome.


La Serenissima is an improbable place floating on its placid lagoon between sea and sky. Is that description a little over the top? I do not think so. For me it contains the essential truth of Venice. For photographers, it is a heaven devoutly to be wished. If you have not been, go!

The city is very old, the streets very narrow, and, with the exception of the Piazza Roma, there are no motor vehicles. In fact, there are no vehicles of any kind.

The light is wonderful, the textures are strong, and the scenes one finds are breathtaking. Every day here with a camera is a constant joy.

Ristorante Antico Gafaro, Venezia