An Early-Morning Walk Through Town

In Lévanto, I liked waking up early—before the onset of car, motorini, and tourist traffic—to take a walk and take pictures. The air is perfumed with herbs and flowers and with yeasty dough, chocolate, and coffee. People are sweeping the sidewalks in front of their shops and arranging the merchandise and produce, everyone greeting each other with “buongiorno!”

Bakery with decorative loaves

The flower shop

Zucchini with blossoms ready to stuff and fry

Even the hardware stores are beautifully laid out, with an eye for color and design.

Among the gardening supplies displayed here are specialty foods for roses, succulents, citrus, and geraniums.

The pelargoniums (geraniums) in this part of the world seem to have more blooms and are bigger, healthier and more colorful than their counterparts anywhere else. Are frequent applications of “Concimi per Gereni” the reason why?

About writedesigner

Graphic designer, writer, and gardener Ellen Shapiro is based in Irvington, New York. A frequent contributor to design blogs and magazines including Print, Imprint, Salon.com, Communication Arts, and Etapes, she writes about trends, issues and personalities in design, illustration, photography, and visual culture around the world.
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