Souvenir Ceilings: Slightly Less Conventional Tourist Photos

Souvenir Ceilings: Slightly Less Conventional Tourist Photos

Tess Wilson
Jul 9, 2012

When I traveled to Tuscany a few months ago, I found myself in a curious situation: every single thing I saw was I stopped taking photos! Everywhere you look is so beautiful, so Tuscan, I'm convinced you could shoot with your eyes closed and come home with a calendar's worth of stunning images. So besides images of my friends, what photos would I want to print and frame? How about 400+-year-old trompe l'oeil ceilings?

I was in Italy to attend (and make the cake for) the wedding of my dear friends Tom and Jen of TomEatsJenCooks. All the details of their amazing wedding are here, including the reception dinner at Villa Passerini, where these photos were taken.

Every surface of this astounding villa was covered in murals which I was told were at least 300 years old, but A History of Painting In Italy: Umbria, Florence and Siena: From the Second to the Sixteenth Century says they predate 1529, which would make them nearly 500 years old. My favorites were the dreamy ceilings, which seemed to be the sort of luxurious yet homespun ceilings that a fairy tale heroine would gaze up at. The nice boy I was sitting next to at dinner took a photo of them, too, saying, "I feel like I shouldn't like them...but I do."

Other than a jar of perfect plum jam, the only souvenir I bought myself was to have these photos printed. I had them done at PhotoworkSF as always, and bought the frames at Community Thrift. They are indeed chipped, but I scored 6 frames and a pair of hiking sandals for a total of $23, which happened to be exactly my frames & sandals budget. Sadly, the frames are a teeny bit crooked, as I had to wrap the hanging wires around huge hanging nails to make them earthquake safe. If I can't have those actual ceilings above my bed, I definitely want the photos to hang above me.

(Images: Tess Wilson)

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