So, love was not only in the air and written in the stars, but scrawled on walls. Eros would be pleased.
Ha, yes, Eros permeates Italy to her core!
Jann, only Italians could make graffiti look romantic! Brava! I love the red heart. I’ve missed you! Drop by my place soon, per piacere! 🙂
🙂 I’ve been remiss! Thanks for your comment, Bella.
Great shots Jann!
Ciao Heather & thanks for stopping by.
Speaking of love,I love Sicily!! That’s why I bought
a place there.
Well, then, hi neighbor!!!
Do they ever try to clean the graffiti off the walls? It must damage the walls to try to clean them! Happy Happy Valentines Day, Jann!
In Sicily, a lot of the graffiti hangs around forever–it depends whose wall it is on. If it’s on stone, it needs to be sandblasted–or if it’s on plaster, then plastered or painted over. xxxxxxx
Happy St. Valentine’s Day Jann! xoxoxo
Ciao Cathy. xxxxxxxxxx Grazie.
That is ART.
Love Love Love. xxx
Love love love back to you, Kim.
I love Valentine’s Day but unfortunately I hate graffiti, I don;t see LOVELY at all. Distroying an ancient wall with a love message, too me is an oxymoron. Too bad the message bearer doesn’t have what it takes to face the one they Love. His message should have been “Ti Amo I am a COWARD” I chose too destroy this wall so that you will know I am a Moron and have no idea why.
My last trip to Italy was very upsetting to me facing graffiti at such a beautiful ancient country filled with beauty at every turn, I wished that was not so in my lovely Ragusa. Hope I wasn’t out of place
John–not at all “out of place!” I like strong opinions like yours. And you also made me laugh! “Ti Amo–I’m a coward”–:)
But about graffiti in Italy I’m a bit torn. Italians invented graffiti–or at least the word–and even the walls in ancient Pompeii were/are covered with it. So it’s an old old tradition. (Also, as a photographer, I’m often drawn to the artistic qualities of it, but that’s a whole other thing…)
HOWEVER, all that said, I too find it appalling when ancient churches and other precious monuments get tagged with graffiti.
I think I should do another post on this…
Anyway, Happy Valentine’s!!
Is it common to see graffiti written in English around Ibla?
Henry, it’s much more common to find graffiti in Italian of course, but English pops up periodically–especially sweet little phrases like “i luv u” and “f*** you.”
Buon San Valentino a te! I miei complimenti per le tue foto.
Ciao Bonnie. Grazie mille!
Jann, As usual, you make my day! Susan
So sweet of you Susan! Thanks so much for commenting.
And may I tell readers that your mystery, DEATH OF A SERPENT (A SERAFINA FLORIO MYSTERY) is a free download on Amazon as an ebook only for Valentine’s Day. It’s a historical mystery and it takes place in 1866 on the northwest coast of Sicily in a fictional town close to Palermo.