Sunday, 17 August 2014

The Doors and Windows of Tuscany

Whenever I find myself in an old town or places full of character, I can't help but do some balcony spotting -- and for some architectural reasons, the said towns are almost always dotted with them. It must have started with Romeo and Juliet's balcony scene; I have since associated verandas, terraces, or however you prefer to call them, with romance and nostalgia.

 The few towns I visited in Toscana were short of balconies, their doors and windows were so inviting instead, I swear I could've come in without the owner's permission. As someone who triple-checks my locked doors and windows at home, my curiosity is stirred by colourful, askew, asymmetrical, often wonky, and quaint and rustic wide-open ones. 

 Some caught my eye in Suvereto, Giglio and Giannutri islands, and Pisa, which we'll individually visit together in succeeding posts.

Lopsided, green, and secured with a thalassa blue padlock. Can't get any more rustic than this.

An unusual shop visual merchandising in Isola del Giglio. You have to step in and down to view the display.

My gorgeous friend WL, wearing his Balinese trousers against a Tuscan door backdrop

This gets the best door award! Can you see the chair inside?

Me being 'paparazzied' by my friend while I'm being someone's home's paparazzi

A colourful palette

Ignore the clothes horse

Lovin' the fleur-de-lis detail, emblematic of Giglio which means lily in Italian. I went to a girls' school back in the days whose insignia was a fleur-de-lis, thus the sentimental attachment.

Stay with me for the next posts where we'll explore more of Tuscany!



  1. What an interesting post. I have definitely been intrigued by some balconies and unique doors. I love the photos, especially colourful doors. love your friend's trousers as well.
    Have a wonderful weekend.

    1. I loved that each door, window, and balcony had its own unique character. It's one of the first things I notice in any house :)

  2. Thanks for sharing your Tuscany adventures. Seeing these photos makes me really want to revisit this part of Italy, which I like better than any other place I have seen of this country. And yes, we should meet up in London one day!

    1. You're welcome. You must revisit. I have local friends whom I can ask to recommend places to visit for you. Let me know. Hope to meet you in London soon!

  3. This post was a real treat for me as I have always admired interesting doors, balconies and shutters too!
    So many unusual ones here. Those Balinese trousers are a wonderful print. I can see that you have had a fascinating time here.

    1. Thank you so much :) Everyone's been asking my friend about his Balinese trousers, we've been thinking of taking a short trip there to get some :) Wish we can do it soon!


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