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January 30, 2013

Vertical Volterra Sketchbook

Volterra porta-porta


Porta Etrusca or Porta dell'Arco in Volterra is an etruscan gate that has been preserved during II World War by the effort of the population that in one night only covered it of stones and prevented German army to bomb it (as a solution to stop English army coming to free the city).

From Porta Docciola to Porta dell'Arco is a door-to-door sketchwalk that I made in Volterra with a Moleskine Japanese, before my last summer urban sketchers workshop (more drawings here). The city is built on a cliff and its medieval gates, fortress and walls are still intact, wooden doors included. Lots of tourists visit it at any time of the year but it is still possible to meet locals and listen at interesting conversations. I reported a few old people chatting, I love to hear their stories.


5 comments :

Carol Lee Beckx said...

So enjoyable to be able to take part in your door-to-door sketch-walk - wonderful drawings, thank you.

Paul Kirchner said...

It goes without saying the price of war on living things but I can't imagine how many priceless antiquities and buildings were lost as well.

Maike Bohlen said...

A sensitive and moving post. Great sketching skill you have. (Sorry, read too much Yoda)

VHein said...

What a great way to tell a story--very elegant drawings!

memi said...

I remember you speaking about this, Simo- I would have loved to do this with you! What a treat...