From Como there is a ferry that will take you, amongst other places to Bellagio on Lake Como. This window detail was taken there. Using Nik Silver Efex Pro software allows me to capture every detail in the pealing paint and cracks in the stucco.
In summer many Italians close up and head to the beach for holidays. August is the preferred month it seems - this apartment building along the shores of Lake Como is pretty much boarded up for the August break.
The occupants of Castello Sforzesco went about Milan and the surrounding area rounding up Roman ruins to decorate their castle. Hence this collection of Roman odds and ends all loosely strewn about the caste courtyard. Unfortunately this method of preserving history has rendered these pieces somewhat meaningless because no one know from whence the came.
Parmigiano Reggiano - the King of Cheese according to Chef Mario Batali (and what reasonable person could argue) - is pricey stuff. One Amazon website lists the price of a wheel of Parmigiano Reggiano at $2,500.00; so that's about $12,500 worth of cheese in this shop window. Or it could be a $30 plastic display but that kind of thinking ruins the romance of it all don't you think?