Monticello – Jefferson’s house
One last postcard from the United States from my last trip before starting again with some new views of Venice.
Location: This time we are in the beautiful state of Virginia, the “Mother of Presidents”, and our subject is the gorgeous Monticello plantation and house. Thomas Jefferson, the third President of the United States, started building Monticello as his home. The plantation was originally used for extensive cultivation of tobacco, then shifted to a wheat plantation to respond to changing markets. The building and gardens reflect the polyhedric character of his owner, including his love for neoclassical architecture and experimentation in many scientific fields, starting from the ground, with plants and wine cultivation.
What to shoot: The building, with its Neoclassical style inspired by the architect Andrea Palladio, is a wonderful subject itself. Furthermore, you will find fabulous panoramas on the many vegetable gardens and smooth slopes around the house.
Ideal time to shoot: All day long, but consider that you can take advantage of the “Monticello Sunset Pass” and capture the scene right at the golden hour.
Gear: Wide angle lenses to standard zooms.
How to get there: Monticello is located just outside Charlottesville, Virginia, in the Piedmont region. You can reach it by car or taxi. Consider parking at the beginning of Thomas Jefferson Parkway, and enjoy a nice and smooth 2 miles stroll to the Monticello along the Saunders-Monticello Trail. You can find all the informations on the Monticello web site.
Coordinates: 38°00′29″N 78°27′16″W