Giotto’s Campanile, Lotte Tower, Burj Khalifa, or Why Aerial Views are So Magnificent

Did you ever fly in your sleep as a child? I did. Do you remember those bird’s-eye views of Earth? I do. Impressions were magnificent – I was a bird. Have you ever noticed that when someone is standing on the edge of something like the Grand Canyon and posing for a photographer, more often than not, they raise their arms to the sides? Why? Because in that moment, they feel they have wings. At least, they would in the fantastic world of dreams.

Panoramic view from the Castle of Monsanto, Portugal.
Panoramic view from the Castle of Monsanto, Portugal.

However, if you aren’t lucky enough to live in Norway’s fjords or the Swiss Alps, but still want to get similar impressions, mankind invented bell towers for you many centuries ago.

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Mausoleum of Hadrian Turned into Castel Sant’Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo from the South by Caspar van Wittel. Oil on canvas.
Castel Sant’Angelo from the South by Caspar van Wittel. Oil on canvas.

When you are heading to the Vatican, you can’t avoid seeing an amazing ancient bridge (foot traffic only) decorated with angel sculptures, and a mighty, brown building of original architecture near it. The Castle of the Holy Angel in the center of Rome, Italy, started its history as a mausoleum of the Roman Emperor Hadrian in 139 AD. In 250 years, it became a castle when the young and rising power, the Christian Church, started to replace pagan Roman buildings with Christian ones.

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If You Are Lazy, Don’t Visit Bergamo, Italy!

The Upper Town of Bergamo, Italy.

The Upper Town of Bergamo, Italy.

While my wife was occupied with real estate, I was sent to explore a new destination: the city of Bergamo, Lombardy, Italy. My number one task was to stay there for ten days and to find out if this city is a comfortable place to live after retirement. The second task was to practice my Italian.

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