I just especially love doors in Italy. In this photo, we can enter through the portal into Lord Byron’s grotto in Portovenere. The blue Mediterranean invites us to gaze into her beauty, lie in the sun on her rocks, or slide into the cool waters.
Doors are not just entry points into mysterious rooms full of history and wonder, but can be portals into other worlds of art. Some doors stand 15 feet high or more because they allowed horses and carriages to enter into the inner court of the house, or protected those inside from attacks. Thick, ornate, poetic, colorful.
As the book title suggests, “In order to move forward, we must exit.”
In Portovenere, San Pietro Church at the point overlooking the Bay of Poets near La Spezia and Lereci.
St. Peter figures on the door of San Pietro.
An inviting door to buy beautiful linens in Lucca.
A door is an important element of any house, a symbol of passage from one place to another, one state to another, from light to darkness.
A door can be a metaphor for transition and metamorphosis because as in life, in order to move forward, we must exit.
In religious abodes, the act of passing over the threshold means that the faithful has to put aside their personality and materialism, as they are forced to confront the inner silence and meditation that it symbolizes. It has a role in initiation rites. When you cross the threshold, you abandon old, emotional ideas, concepts and plans which are no longer appropriate; the familiar horizon is enlarged. An open door invites us in. A closed door arouses curiosity, or wonderment to the unknown on the other side.
The Doors in Italy are inviting us into places we will never forget.
I invite you to open the door to joining me in Italy and living la dolce vita, the sweet life. You will have the chance to slip inside all of these doors to savor what awaits inside.
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