So the laundry has been washed…what about drying it?
These photos show that solar energy is still the preferred method for drying laundry in most parts of Italy. On sunny days balconies are festooned with laundry except in some historic towns like Venice where the practice is forbidden for it would mar the facades of noble buildings and tourists’ photos as well. Many families in northern Italy now depend on electric dryers (not as much sun in those parts either).
These drying jeans hanging from a balcony in Vetralla hide one of the town’s oldest monuments lodged above the ugly metallic garage door and a half collapsed balcony. The unmistakable papal logo of a tiara and crossed keys is a testimony of the visit of Pope Nicholas V Tomasso Parentucelli who reigned as Pope between 1447 and 1455 and visited Vetralla during the summer of 1454.
Or again…in the tiny town of Onano which straddles the Tuscan-Lazio border we came across this mono-thematic clothesline. The Fiat 500 and Piaggio scooter parked under the house confirm that this homeowner appreciates…. iconic retro Italian design.
Visit Mary Jane’s site to learn about “Olio e Ricordi in Cucina”, the bi-lingual recipe book dedicated to cooking with extra virgin olive oil. Order signed copies direct from authors, Fulvio Ferri & Mary Jane Cryan in time for Christmas.”