“I prefer living in color.” ~ David Hockney
Since living in Italy, I have discovered myriad places of colors - they are all colorful in their own ways. Most of the times, the colors are part of the architecture of a village, an island or a cathedral. For instance, the five villages in Cinque Terre are famous for their pastel-colored buildings, and the iconic image of the Burano Island in Venice is brightly-painted fisherman houses alongside a canal. Meanwhile, the Orvieto Cathedral in Umbria is admired for its rainbow-colored facade.
Sometimes, the colors come from the arrangements of flowers such as in Spello in Umbria. Flower lovers can travel to Spello to attend the annual flower festival called Infiorate di Spello. It takes place on the occasion of the Corpus Domini feast (on the ninth Sunday after Easter). Meanwhile, art lovers must not miss the magical mosaics in Ravenna, one of my favorite cities in Italy. You can find mesmerizing mosaics all over Ravenna, and some of the highlights are the ones in Basilica of San Vitale and Mausoleum of Galla Placidia.
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