Spring 2010, I was out to enjoy the first warm and pleasant spring sunshine, when I decided to photograph some very interesting statues scattered around the historical center of Turin.
The most interesting is a monument to a dying horse during the famous battle of Novara during the first war of independence in Italy, is a monument located in Piazza Solferino in Turin. The knight was Ferdinand of Savoy, the king’s brother. The images of the statue enhance the tension and suffering of the horse, the only statue of this kind.
Pavia is the capital of a fertile italian province known for agricultural products including wine, rice, cereals and dairy products.
I leave at dawn searching for something new, a medieval city to photograph, so different from the baroque Turin. Pavia is a town outside the normal popular tour but it really worth a visit if one has a chance.
Pavia dates back to pre-Roman times and was a municipality and an important military site under the Roman Empire. In 476, Odoacer defeated Flavius Orestes after a long siege, to punish the city that had helped the rival Odoacer destroyed it completely. However, Orestes was able to escape to Piacenza, where Odoacer followed him and killed him.
Photographing Mondovì was the next step after “Rocca de’Baldi” during my little trip of southern Piedmont.
As you can see from the photos the snow was still everywhere and the winter was not finished yet but the light was not lacking at all, great for photos, maybe less for the atmosphere.
The town of Mondovì, is located on the hillside of “Monte Regale”, and is divided into several wards and squares and can be reached not only by the road but also with a small railroad called “funiculare”” which connects downtown with the upper part of the city on hill. One thing very strange and peculiar, almost unique in its kind.
Rocca de Baldi is a small gem located in the province of Cuneo, in Piedmont, about 70 km south of Turin and about 15 km northeast of Cuneo.
It is a medieval village quite poorly preserved but very charming.
In the village there is an old castle (XIII century) severely damaged by time in 1600, and restored in 1700, but the small streets and the medieval center of Rocca de Baldi are much more interesting, as you can see in the photos.
The country is immersed in a rarefied atmosphere, a suspension that makes the place really remote despite being a few miles from Mondovi.
In 2010, we had a good winter in Turin with a lot of rain and some snow, not much, nothing that can stop life of the city. The elders said that it is easy to find misery under the water, but the bread is under the snow that protects the grain from frost, wise words indeed.
Snowfall, in recent years, in Turin are not very frequent, so I got up quickly and despite the fear of wetting the camera and a crude plastic bag to protect it I headed to the park to take some photos in the snow.
I have often had the opportunity to visit Lugano and its mountains in the south of Switzerland, in the Italian-speaking canton of Ticino. I have some friends over there and I am always happy to visit.
Lugano is located on a large lake and is surrounded by majestic mountains. The surroundings are magnificent but the city is just a bunch of banks, as soon as you come out from the city, however, you begin to breathe fresh air and to soak in the beautiful nature and clean air of the Alps.