As you can see from these photos, there was plenty of inspiration to be found in the building structure and art works.
|The Leaning Tower is actually part of the Campo Dei Miracoli cathedral|
complex - a series of 4 buildings
|The tower is actually the bell tower|
There were quilting patterns to be found everywhere!
|Mosaic pattern above an entry way - it incorporates stars and hexagons|
|Cathedral windows pattern in some of my favourite autumn colours|
|This 'star/sun' shaped image is surrounded by a circle of flying geese!|
|The colours in this stained glass window are gorgeous - to be used in a future quilt perhaps?|
|The inside of the cathedral was covered in art work and|
the roof was an incredible combination of gold and blue
|Mosaic tiled floor in the cathedral - more quilt pattern/block inspiration|
|I made it to the top!|
|The beautiful old wrought iron bell at the top of the Tower|
|Looking down into the Tower stairwell|
Seeing all the incredible craftsmanship in Italy, whether in woodwork, mosaics, ceramics, paint or fabrics, really inspires me to try and continue the tradition and mastery of handmade work that our forebears were so good at.
I hope you've enjoyed these pics. I do have more to show you from our trip and hopefully will get time to do so before the end of the year.