In the footsteps of Turner

img_0091Spoleto is about 25 km away from the epicentre of the 31st October earthquake and all around the town are taped off buildings and alleyways that may or may-not get fixed anytime soon.

But thankfully the town’s prize attraction – the  magnificent medieval  Ponte Della Tori – hasn’t collapsed although there is concern about structural damage and it is closed to all walkers.

We spent the day walking in the hills up lovely paths punctuated by chapels and viewpoints, but it was the bridge that mesmerised us, as presumably it did Turner when he painted it in 1840.

The Ponte Delle Torri, Spoleto c.1840-5 by Joseph Mallord William Turner 1775-1851

So we trekked down to the river bed and through the security cordon approached the massive structure. Difficult to describe, but we both felt very scared as we walked under the bridge. It’s size was humbling, but also another real thought. If another quake had happened just then, this blog might never have been written.


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