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Returning Home : Part II – Italian Cathedrals, Updated Edition

By Stefan Bauer, (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

The Roman Forum

Update:  Please enjoy some new photos added for your viewing pleasure …..

Sometimes traveling somewhere distant can take you right ” home.” I was incredibly fortunate to spend a few magical weeks travelling throughout Italy. As an Italian American , spending some time in the land of my ancestors helped me appreciate some of the origins of my love of food, art, history, and la dolce vita.  I was transported to a realm Eckhart Tolle calls spaciousness while visiting cathedrals. Words can barely describe how I feel when I am in the presence of these breathtaking works of art so I will let the images speak to you. 

By Andreas Tille (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

St. Peter’s Basilica, Vatican City

Sistine_Chapel_ceiling_left public domain

Sistine Chapel Ceiling


Michelangelo’s Creation

Michelangelo's Last Judgement public domain

Michelangelo’s Last Judgement

800px-St_Peter's_Square,_Vatican_City_-_April_2007  DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Outside St. Peter’s Square , Vatican City

by Ricardo André Frantz (User:Tetraktys) wikimedia commons license 2,5

Basilica Di San Marco, Venice

Ricardo André Frantz (User:Tetraktys) license 2,5 wikimedia

 San Marco Ceiling

by Maria Schnitzmeier. wikimedia license

San Marco Mosaic

Pala_D'OroII public domain

San Marco Altar

by Jiuguang Wang

Duomo, Milan

Duomo_In_S4 By Spens03 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Duomo Altar

By メルビル (Own work) [<a href="">CC-BY-SA-3.0</a>], <a href="">via Wikimedia Commons</a>

Inside Duomo

Duomo_In_S16  By Spens03 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Duomo Stained Glass Window 

Duomo_Out_S15 By Spens03 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Outside Detail, Duomo

For myself the sheer beauty of these places of worship transcends any intention by the artists, architects, priests or popes. It’s all about the immersion into the awe and wonder where I discover the portals into the Divine. What about you?


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all photos courtesy of wikimedia :

Roman forum by Stefan Bauer, (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-2.5 (], via Wikimedia Commons

St. Peter’s by Andreas Tille (Own work) [GFDL ( or CC-BY-SA-3.0-2.5-2.0-1.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons

Outside St. Peter’s Square by  DAVID ILIFF. License: CC-BY-SA 3.0

Basilica San Marco and San Marco Ceiling ( 2 photos) by Ricardo André Frantz (User:Tetraktys)

San Marco Mosaic by Maria Schnitzmeier

Duomo, Milan by Jiuguang Wang

 Duomo Altar, Duomo Stained Glass Window, and Outside Detail, Duomo ( 3 photos) by  Spens03 (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

Inside Duomo including seated area by By メルビル (Own work) [CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

20 comments on “Returning Home : Part II – Italian Cathedrals, Updated Edition

  1. litebeing says:

    Reblogged this on litebeing chronicles and commented:

    While I wish my Italy photos were digital, sadly my trip was pre-internet. Thinking of my beloved Italy, especially the Lombardy region ~ Milano, Bergamo, San Pellegrino, Lake Lugano, Pavia, Lake Garda, and the entire region, where I spent the majority of my time. Wonderful people, sumptuous beauty, and yummy food!

    Namaste, Linda


  2. Wow. Just wow. I wanna go too!

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    1. litebeing says:

      Italy is an open air art exhibition, posing as a country. Did you know it has not even been a country that long? but I digress, I had not been to Europe before and was stunned by the devotion to beauty that is Italia ❤

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      1. I know very little about Italy but as I’m researching it, I’m falling in love with it.

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  3. Whoops, I meant to type, “Michelangelo’s Last Judgement.” (a blue face)?


    1. Yes I DO see that, like an optical illusion?


  4. Not sure why this is my ‘high-lighted thought’, but, is it just me or… is Michelangelo’s Creation really a blue face? I see eyes, a nose, and a flat-ish mouth! Oh my!


    1. Hi Ka,
      I do not see what you see, but it is your experience of art that matters…

      Thank you for taking a look at one of my older posts about one of the most beautiful places on Earth.

      xx Linda


  5. Sorry! I kept getting kicked out! I was trying to write: Gorgeous pics! My husband and I travelled there some years back and this brought back some wonderful memories. 🙂


    1. now I understand!

      and thank you for the follow 🙂


  6. Stunning, and from another life for me definitely a return home~


    1. which life Sindy blue?


  7. So beautiful and magical! Wish I could visit Italy again!


    1. oh so do I !!!

      Where did you visit? favorite places?

      Ciao, Linda


      1. 1st visit: Naples and the surrounding area. I was there to study the archaeology and art at Pompeii, Herculaneum, and other sites.
        2nd visit while backpacking thru Europe: Rome, Venice, Pisa, Milan, Florence. Loved them all. ( My first degree was in Classics with a focus on languages and archaeology/art.


      2. how wonderful to study the classics. I also spent time in the south – Naples, Sorrento, Amalfi coast,Salerno, Pompeii, Paestum. Missed Pisa and Florence plus little time in Rome and Venice. Here’s to visualizing and manifesting another trip to Europe for both of us 😀


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