Not the passing thundershower, nor the strong sun that followed, nor even the stinging ankle bites of the tiny sand flies stopped me from drawing the striking hilltop Basilica of San Pietro in the central Italian town of Tuscania.
I had walked there from the town proper. Up a steep hill to the ancient site, which was probably an Etruscan place of worship before a Christian one. The noble Romanesque church was built in the 1000's and survived one of it's biggest threats in the 1970's when a damaging earthquake shook the town. Standing guard over the basilica are two odd towers.
I met a new friend that day, who asked to take my picture. Admittedly, it was a pretty terrific spot, under a freestanding ancient arch. We exchanged images later by email and hope to meet again in his hometown of Florence someday.
Many more people have seen this church, than realize it. It was featured in Orson Welles' filming of Othello, as well as Franco Zeffirelli's Romeo and Juliet. The star-crossed lovers were married in the church, but also tragically died there... in the spectacular crypt used as the Capulet's tomb in the movie.
It was such a beautiful spot. Parting was such sweet sorrow.