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Photography Italy 2009

Turin at sunset in Piazza Solferino

Turin at sunset in Piazza Solferino

It is one of the most famous and historical Piazza’s in Turin, Piazza Solferino is situated in the busy city center.

The realization of Piazza Solferino began in the second half of the nineteenth century, after the dismantling of the fortifications of the Citadel of Turin in 1852.

The main decoration of the square is the fountain “Angelica” with four groups of statues related to the four seasons.

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Roero and its paths

Roero and its paths

Finally another chance to get back on the trails of Roero, but this time with my Canon.

It is a beautiful region of Piedmont in the north-eastern province of Cuneo.

The area is a quite popular tourist destination because the eno-gastronomic and cultural center plus the many castles and ancient villages that make this small area rich in history, typical products, wines of the highest quality.

Now has proposed to nominate the Roero (together with Langhe) in the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

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Noli and its colors

Noli and its colors

Noli is a small and charming medieval village in Liguria, located about 50 km from Genoa. The picturesque town, beside numerous private beach and a free beach, has many interesting things to visit, such as the remains of ancient towers, a castle and Romanesque churches.

I was born in October and in June I was already swimming in this sea, I learned to swim in Noli first and then learned to walk. I spent holidays on these beaches with my grandparents until I was fourteen years old, so I have great memories and images of this place in my mind.

During a weekend I happily discovered once again this beautiful place and luckily I was ready with my new Canon to take pictures.

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Sacra di San Michele

Sacra di San Michele

The Sacra di San Michele was one of the most celebrated Benedictine abbeys in northern Italy and in the province of Turin. According to historians, in the Roman era, there was already a military stronghold on the current position of the Sacra di San Michele, to control the main road leading from Gaul to Italy.

It is one of the greatest architectural buildings in Europe between those of the Romanesque period.

When I visited the Sacra di San Michele was going on a big renovation, so I could not take advantage of all the photographic potential of the place because some prospects and walls were covered from pylons.

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Venaria Reale and its gardens

Venaria Reale and its gardens

The Reggia della Venaria Reale is a former royal residence located in Venaria Reale, near Turin, in Piedmont, northern Italy.

It is one of the Residences of the Royal House of Savoy, included in the UNESCO list of heritage as” humanity in 1997, and is one of the largest royal residences in the world, comparable in size and structures to those of Versailles and Caserta. A unique heritage.

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Walking in Turin

Walking in Turin

Living in Turin I like to take long walks in the historic center of the city. I try to see special things in places where normally I walk every day.

The art, in the end, is in the eye of the photographer. I walk the streets I think I know forever, and at some point I find a new image, it’s almost like going hunting for something. It seems incredible, but photography is also about that.

In this portfolio, one of many that will follow, there is a miscellaneous collection of pictures taken years ago learning how to use my Canon 450D, my first digital camera.

To introduce Torino so let’s start from the “Monte dei Cappuccini” a small hill from where the view of the city is magnificent, from here you can admire the symbol of Turin called “Mole Antonelliana”.

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Fireworks of San Giovanni in Turin

Fireworks of San Giovanni in Turin

Every June 24 in Turin you can see fireworks and celebration in honor of the patron saint of the city: San Giovanni. This is a common feast in many Italian cities, each has its own patron saint to be proud of, and everyone has their day of celebration. Perhaps people feel itself a little more citizen of Turin, perhaps even those to whom the fireworks do not make any effect, they still sharing a moment of belonging to the city.

On June 24, is in fact the expected date on which in the town of Savoy, everything stops, you go down in the square and is a party. The feast of San Giovanni coincides with the pagan ritual of the summer solstice, a passage that leads the Earth from the lunar to the solar dominance, the shortest night of the year.

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