Thursday Doors, February 23 2017

Pitigliano is a fascinating town, but its doors have a secret: they are out to get you.

It is called “Little Jerusalem” since it has a well-preserved Jewish section with a synagogue. Like some other towns in vicinity, such as Sovana and Sorano, it is built from volcanic ash (“tufo”).

A while back I showed you some unexpected doors from our hike through a “Via Cava”, an Etruscan system of channels just out of town the use of which has still not been established.

Today here are some doors with a perfectly clear use: to be opened and closed. They are old, sometimes mouldy, and they come at you at every corner. I think this visit last April was the one that made me feel the most overdoored in my life. It was hard to concentrate, make a selection, choose. The doors did that for me instead. The second part will follow in due time.

Photo: © signature mmm

For Norm Frampton’s Thursday Doors challenge.

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32 Comments Add yours

  1. Vicky says:

    Gorgeous, just lovely, all that wood and such beautifully constructed doors. They are mostly all so well looked after too, which is so nice to see, Preservation is so important, I’ve been around a lot of dilapidated doors recently and I thought in my next life maybe being a carpenter would suit!

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    1. Haha, Vicky, carpenter is not a bad choice. Thank you! Much more where these came from.

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  2. joey says:

    Oh wow! Those are truly fantastic! I love the first shot, and all the subsequent shots that resemble it. Fabulous warmth and texture.

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    1. Thank you, Joey! 🙂 Teeming with history here…

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  3. Dan Antion says:

    I love these doors, especially the ones with the divided arched top/transoms. The old weathered doors at 230 , with the metal top is a very interesting photo.

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    1. Thank you, Dan. I can’t even imagine how blown away you would be if you found yourself in this town. Would be fun to observe. 🙂

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  4. dennyho says:

    This is a wonderful grouping of doors, makes me want to visit. Happy Thursday Manja♥

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    1. Thank you, Denny. I’m glad you’re tempted. 🙂

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      1. dennyho says:

        Always ready for an adventure…

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  5. conspicari says:

    Great selection of doors. and what a lovely looking town. :>)

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    1. Thank you, Conspicari, it is a beauty indeed.

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  6. jan says:

    They look like moldy doors! But beautiful in a timeless way.

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    1. Oh, Jan, there is lots of mould there for sure, some little streets where the sun never shines are green. But timeless is right too.

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  7. Judith says:

    It looks a fascinating place. Thanks for the introduction.

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    1. You are very welcome, Judith. I think this was the most surprising town so far, not doorwise but generally.

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  8. Norm 2.0 says:

    Just gorgeous, every single one. I have to visit this place. I’m gonna have trouble with the hills and all the stairs but I still HAVE to see this place for myself. Wonderful post 🙂

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    1. Thank you so much, Norm. You’re right, seeing is believing. For the second part I’ll post the first sight of the town as you come near (I’ve done so before on my first blog, you might remember it when you see it). And it’s not a problem at all once you park, a circular route to the synagogue and back is quite flat, stairs are optional for exploring hidden corners.

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  9. What a lovely area! My favorite shot is that fourth one and the door in 275 (and the last one.) Better for the town to be built from tufo, than from tofu. 🙂

    janet

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    1. Hahha, Janet, you’re funny! I must this to a local. 😀 And thank you!

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    2. A crucial word “tell” is missing, sorry.

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      1. I “read” it anyway, so not to worry.

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  10. jesh stg says:

    Can see why they call it Little Jerusalem with the narrow alleys and arches – love the atmosphere exuding from your photos!! Wow, built from volcanic ash …guess whatever is available as building material, that’s what they’ll use:)

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    1. Right, Jesh, work with what you’ve got. Tuff is actually “a light, porous rock formed by consolidation of volcanic ash”. Just ash would be a bit too light. 😀 And thank you!

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  11. Love the textures and old world charm. Great photos.
    Donna

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    1. Thank you very much, Donna. Some worlds are older than others. 🙂

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  12. Joanne Sisco says:

    The 1st and 4th photo remind me of what a rabbit warren old parts of Italy can be … so interesting to explore! I always try to imagine what it would be like to live there.

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    1. Well, I don’t live in an old town like this one. I guess I’d have to deal with people shooting my doors. 😀

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  13. Robin Dalton says:

    These photographs are absolutely stunning.

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    1. Thank you so much, Robin, and for reblogging my doors. 🙂 I’m happy they make you happy.

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  14. Robin Dalton says:

    Reblogged this on the dream running ahead of me and commented:
    I don’t how many of you know this but I have a huge love of doors and windows. I think they symbolise hope or maybe the idea of magical portals that can sweep you off your feet if you have the courage and heart to walk through them or climb into them or just take the time to look and see, when it comes to windows.

    These photographs metaphorically knocked me off my feet with their beauty. I hope you enjoy them as much as I did.

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