A recent (and impulsive) climb of the Campanile di Giotto reminded me that up high, there’s a different perspective on the urban environment. I happen to like climbing towers, but sometimes it’s a hill or a terrace or even a parking garage that gives one a different view. It’s interesting to look down at the ground but also to look across rooftops.
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A somewhat vertiginous view from the top of the dome of the Duomo in Florence.
This image of a staircase in Perugia made my calves ache all over again!
I would never have seen this forest of satellite dishes in Fez if I hadn’t been on a rooftop.
On top of a hill in Marseille, we could look into the harbor.
This view of Siena comes with a Tuscan landscape beyond it.
The Palais des Papes across the rooftops of Avignon from the parking garage where we looked for a geocache.
Bridges marching down the Arno, from a window of the Uffizi, one of the few places in the museum where a camera can be used.
The curve of County Hall in London is more obvious from the London Eye.
The view from the central tower of Durham Cathedral includes two other towers, the River Wear, and a residential neighborhood.
Midday shadows in the Piazza del Duomo, seen from the Campanile di Giotto.
Images © Melissa Corcoran.