Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Writing Prompt: Looking & Learning




Insightful writing requires you to look and really see something as if for the first time. I recently took a walking tour of Florence, a city I've spent over four years in, with Elizabeth Namack of Signature Italy Tours. Her insight encouraged me to see architecture, paintings, sculpture and history in a new light.

At our request, our tour guide Elizabeth Namack started the tour in Piazza della Santissima Annunziata. She described the architecture and history of the Ospedale degli Innocenti. Parents, probably mostly mothers, could anonymously leave their child at the hospital through a revolving wheel. Many parents would include a keepsake to (possibly) later identify the child and relationship. The museum kept records of the children and the unclaimed keepsakes. Of all that Elizabeth shared with us, and there were many, this really made an impression on me. This history will definitely inform my walks downtown and perhaps a poem will evolve as I return to the museum.

To read more about the opsedale, you might start with: 

Today's writing prompt? Take a local walking tour or download a walking tour (like these from the Academy of American Poets) and think about where you are.

Planning a trip to Italy? I encourage you to look into Signature Italy's many tours throughout the country. Be sure to tell Elizabeth I say, "ciao, ciao!"

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