Dinner with a View

8 x 10 Print

Printed with archival inks on

100% Cotton Rag Photo Paper


This photo was taken from one of the terraces that lies behind the Pensione Bencistà, a lovely hotel situated in the Florentine hills.

While breakfast on the terrace is de rigueur during the warmer months, dinner is only occasionally served outdoors. I took this photo shortly before the dinner bell rang on one of those rare nights. I love the many contrasting textures of the horizontal layers of this composition: the gravelly surface beneath the tables in the foreground, the row of bright geraniums along the low wall, the verdant hills beyond the terrace. Then there’s the city, muted in the distance, and the hills that contain it from the south . . . and, finally, the sunlit canvas awning that had been unfurled especially for dinner that evening.

The photo is printed on 100% cotton, museum-grade paper that gives truly stunning results. The image itself measures 8 x 10 inches (20.3 x 25.4 cm), and is surrounded by a narrow white border. The print is titled & signed on the back, and packaged in a clear archival sleeve. (Click on the image for a larger view; please note that the images you see on the site are saved at a low resolution for the web, but they are of course printed at high resolution.)

My very first stay in Florence began at this gracious villa, and I returned many times over the years. Even though I live in Florence now, I still like to make the short journey up into the hills to enjoy the Bencistà’s relaxing atmosphere for a few days each summer. Dinner with a View was taken on one of these visits, in August 2010.

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“I’m sitting on the Bencistà’s terrace, enjoying a

post-dinner espresso while listening to the low voices

of the other guests. Less than an hour ago we were all participants in a bustling three-course meal served in the high-ceilinged dining hall, but only odd comments can

be heard now. We are drawn to the scene before us, which

is strangely mesmerizing considering there is no

drama unfolding, no orchestra playingonly

the lights of Florence floating below.”

~ From The Piazzas of Florence

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