I’ve already written about how much I love castles, so I thought why not feature a photo of the very first one I ever saw? (Click the photo to enlarge.)
Orsini Castle, set in a small Italian village called Soriano Nel Cimino is located approximately 100 kilometers north of Rome. Lit up at night, it perfectly accentuates the medieval back-drop of this hilly town that rather fortunately doesn’t see many tourists.
When you visiting Soriano, you’ll feel like you’ve stepped back in time. WWII air raid sirens still play twice a day in remembrance. Children don old fashioned smocks to attend school. Old ladies mop the alleyways of the narrow streets. Every fall the village puts on a medieval festival that celebrates the chestnut harvest.
I took this photo on my first night in Soriano and I’ll never forget how I felt in that exact moment.
It was surreal taking in the view, staring at the castle, all the while thinking “F*ck, yeah. I’m in Italy!”
Tears welled up in my eyes but I was smiling. They were tears of joy!
Then when no one was looking, I fist pumped two-to-three times Jersey Shore style.
I was that happy to be there.