A monastery in the clouds


One fall afternoon in Naples the clouds snuck out from behind the Pantheon-like San Francesco di Paola Church as I stood in the main square in the sunshine.


Approaching the large, Bourbon Piazza del Plebiscito from the Santa Lucia waterfront district is one of the most dramatic views I’ve ever seen in a city. There is an old monastery on an ancient hill and from this vantage point it looks like the Certosa di San Martino is floating on clouds.


A closer look as you come upon the piazza.


Caffe Gambrinus (Oscar Wilde’s old haunt and one of my favorite cafe-bar-tearooms) and the gleaming dome of the Galleria Umberto I, a strikingly beautiful marble-covered shopping atrium.


All photographs shot in Naples, Italy October 2013 and were shot on velvia 35mm film slides by Rebecca Price Butler alovelettertorome.com retrofocus@mac.com

2 thoughts on “A monastery in the clouds

    1. Thank you so very very much! You will not regret it when you visit it. I’m telling you any traveler is remission in it visiting Italy at some point – it has everything! It is so beautiful and passionate and such an easy place to be swept away. I really appreciate your kind words!!! I dreamed of Italy as a teenager and in college and when I was 22 or 23 finally took the plunge (with hardly any money I was a broke college student) but pooled my resources and traveled with a bf, but a friend or a few friends could be a way too!!! It changed my life. Xoxoxo

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