The climb to the highest point in the Umbrian hill town of Spello, Italy, is steep but the view is stunning. At sunset, the heat haze gives a pink glow to the olive groves and colline, the foothills sweeping up to stony Assisi in the distance. A welcome park bench awaits with an older gentleman keen to chat about the Roman ruins to be found a few steps away.
A black cat glides by and carefully balances on the drinking fountain, eager to quench its thirst.
The teenage girl can’t resist: she carefully pats the cat and follows it along the cobblestone path, yearning for a pet after her long months of travel.