Ode to Italian Undies.

Do you ever wonder what Italians think of our endless fascination with their laundry?  We go on vacation armed with our best cameras but, alas, we seem to ignore the beautiful countryside in favor of taking picture after picture of their undies suspended high above our heads.

So, this picture is my ode to Italian underwear.  I think the juxtaposition of the laundry and the old building makes a good picture.  What say you?  This photo was taken in Pienza in May of 2012.

21 Comments Add yours

  1. David says:

    If I hung my undies from the second floor of my house it just wouldn’t be as picturesque!


    1. seriously!!! lol


  2. westiedad says:

    Is any particular city regarded as having the best hanging undies? I got some great hanging undies shots in Naples a few years back. Are they allowed to do this in Milan?


    1. You should share them!


      1. westiedad says:

        I’m still working my way through my 80’s travel memories! Naples was a 2010 trip, so I could be a while 🙂


  3. Adri says:

    I love these kind of shots. And I second westiedad’s query. Is the practice of hanging out the laundry prohibited in any cities???


  4. I don’t have the answer… maybe some other folks do. Is laundry display allowed everywhere in Italy?


    1. Jackie Overland says:

      Yes. And in Tennessee . LOL


  5. wineismylife says:

    I must confess. I’ve taken pictures of italian underwear hanging out to dry when I was in Cinque Terre.


    1. Everyone does it!!!!! I just can’t help but wonder if I would like folks putting pictures of my underwear in their photo albums. 🙂


      1. bakeritalia says:

        I’m buying new undies before I come now…..white photographs well!!


  6. EmilyAnn Frances says:

    I love to see clothelines full of freshly washed clothes on a bright, sunny day. I like this photo. It’s a good reminder that people still live and do things apart from the high tech world.


    1. Thank you EmilyAnn!


  7. Jackie Overland says:

    Very nice composition. Thx for sharing.


  8. Thank you for liking my latest blog and I have never seen anything wrong with pegging out one’s washing for all to see.


    1. You are welcome. Neither have I! Just an interesting observation that we are all so fascinated by it.


  9. Deborah Guber says:

    Ha! This is so true. I must admit that I’ve taken scores of pictures of Italian laundry as well. I don’t know why that is. In the U.S. there are many places that have local ordinances against using clotheslines because it’s thought to be an “eyesore,” and yet in Italy, American tourists find it fascinating and beautiful. Go figure!


  10. mfryan says:

    Ha! So true! 🙂


    1. lol… isn’t it!


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