|The Mountains of the moon|
|The Blue Ridge mountains of Virginia|
|The Rocky Mountains|
|Saint Remy Mountains by Vincent Van Gogh|
|The Cumbrian Mountains of the Lake district by JMW Turner|
Just testing !!.....
|Two bites are better than one !!|
BUT what about these Mountains ?
|by Fillipo Lippi ,who was born and lived 10minutes walk from here|
|The Virgin of the Rocks by Leonardo da Vinci|
|Madonna dei Fusi by Leonardo da Vinci|
|Madonna of the carnation by Leonardo|
and La Giconda by Leonardo da Vinci.
Everyone I asked didnt seem to know ,but happily I was able to locate the Video from the Alan Yentob series for the BBC .
It is in episode 3 that all the latest information is revealed .
Its astonishing -
I HAD TO SEE THE MOUNTAINS
and THE BRIDGE ( to the right of her shoulder.)
Click on the link to watch the whole programme.
So , I'm happy to say that my wish came true last week, as very kind friends took me to the region in Tuscany known as Casentino where the " mountains " and the 13th century bridge are found .
I was beside myself with excitement as this panoramic view has always be thought to be the imagination of Leonardo and not a physical place - so touching the bridge felt rather magical !
The Calanchi are found about one hour away from Florence and the area where the bridge is located at Buriano was very important strategically for the Romans ,and it was built in 1277.
As it was mid January the trees were bare and gave a very clear view of everything.
It isnt a tourist area so we had the place to ourselves
|The last of the Kaki fruit - my favourite ( Persimon )|
and on to the Ponte Buriano......
Nothing seems to have changed since Leonardo was here ! and then on to Poppi........
and yes, I did climb to the top of the bell tower for a fabulous view.
The town of Poppi......
still lunch time so deserted streets
20,000 men came to the battle from Florence ......
The Dukes library was very impressive throughout many rooms.
I particularly like the Venetian style windows and the delicate shades are VERY pretty, the same as the Bargello in Florence .
|The chapel by a friend of Giotto|
|It had been a most enjoyable day.|
The next day I went along to Via della Stufa in Florence just opposite the Church of San Lorenzo ,where the Medici are buried in tombs carved in marble by Michelangelo- to soak up the atmosphere .
Sadly no marked places as to the residence of Lisa Gherardini wife of Francesco del Giocondo !
|was it this house or|
|or this one ?|
|Did Leonardo walk down this street ?|
|To San Lorenzo|
I MUST find out which house !
I do hope that you will watch the video its absolutely fascinating .
sweet dreams Merlin