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Ibex in Maritime Alps Natural Parks

Ibex in Maritime Alps Natural Parks

This time was more than a walk, at least for a citizen. A climb of more than 1000 meters in altitude from Terme di Valdieri to Rifugio Morelli Buzzi, then further to Colletto del Chiapus at 2500 mt. and down to Rifugio Genoa at 2000 mt. Actually, at least with our own time, we walk from ten in the morning until eight in the evening, over fifteen kilometers.

And the next day, the same thing,  back to Terme di Valdieri. The backpack was quite lightweight but I had with me my telephoto lens, ready to immortalize chamois and ibex.

Really spectacular, really nice places,  passing by the marvelous Mount Argentera, kissed by a cool sunshine of September, the last few days before the winter closure of Alpine Refugees.

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Rio Freddo, Mont Malinvern and Valscura in the Natural Park of Maritime Alps

Rio Freddo, Mont Malinvern and Valscura in the Natural Park of Maritime Alps

Finally some days of total relax, a beautiful hike in a place I know well, an opportunity to visit the Natural Park of Maritime Alps, the valley of Rio Freddo the huge mont Malinvern, the valley of Valscura.

A challenging two-day excursion walking with main stops in two different alpine refuges.

Despite the backpack weight problem, something have to carry all the time, I did not give up with the Canon 760D photo camera that thanks to the beautiful weather it really was worth to bring it.

I decided that I will repeat for sure similar excursions, in the Natural Park of Maritime Alps, the paths to be faced and the alpine refuges are certainly not lacking of photo opportunities.

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Riomaggiore and Cinque Terre

Riomaggiore and Cinque Terre

Visiting the Cinque Terre, as I love the sea, was a great opportunity to see an area of ​​Liguria that I had never known.

Cinque Terre is a part of the coast of the Riviera di Levante in which stands five municipalities, from west to east: Monterosso, Vernazza, Corniglia, Manarola, Riomaggiore.

I was guest of friends in Riomaggiore.

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Discovering eastern Sardinia and Gennargentu

Discovering eastern Sardinia and Gennargentu

Sardinia never stops to amaze me, and although it is the third time I go there I have to say I’m always fascinated by this ancient and mysterious land.

Traveling through its roads you can see slide in front of you remote and majestic landscapes, I wish I had more time to spend there and also the possibility to travel there more often. This time it was time for eastern Sardinia and the Gennargentu park, a really wonderful place.

After spending few days with my girlfriend relaxing near San Teodoro beach, after a quick visit to La Maddalena and Caprera islands we headed south-east to Gennargentu park.

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Triora

Triora

The third and final step of the trip in Liguria was the medieval village of Triora. Triora is really in the middle of nowhere, in the middle of the Ligurian hinterland, separated from the sea and from the Piedmont by high hills and mountains covered by dense forests.

Triora is located in the Valle Argentina, 780 above see level on the southern slope of a mountain ridge, has been rated as one of the most beautiful villages in Italy. The day was ending, the weather getting worst, but the Triora is definitely really lovely.

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Dolceacqua

Dolceacqua

The second step of the short tour in Liguria, after a quick sandwich, was Dolceacqua a beautiful medieval village in Val Nervia.

The oldest part of Dolceacqua is dominated by the Castle of Doria, the modern town extends on the opposite bank of the river. A panorama truly distinctive and unmistakable.

Is a picturesque place indeed, Monet made ​​his first visit in Liguria in 1883 together with Renoir, for just fifteen days. He was so impressed by the charm of the places that had just returned to Giverny, immediately showed the desire to go back, in fact, 23 January 1884, Monet was back in Bordighera.

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Taggia

Taggia

The Italian region Liguria is a very interesting, especially the hinterland, rich in medieval villages or almost forgotten. I decided to take a nice hike discovering some, the first of these was Taggia.

The inland area is particularly rich in vegetation and interesting destinations, both in terms of landscape and natural features. With an hour’s drive you can reach the Maritime Alps.

The whole area of the upper valley Argentina is interested in the creation of the Natural Park of the Maritime Alps particularly suitable for walking activities at various levels and the practice of mountain-biking.

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Turin, Piazza Statuto and fountain of Frejus

Turin, Piazza Statuto and fountain of Frejus

The fountain of Frejus located in Piazza Statuto was design by Count Marcello Panissera to commemorate the inauguration of the Frejus tunnel. It was inaugurated in 1879.

It consists of a pyramid of huge boulders coming right from the excavation of the tunnel, and is surmounted by a winged Genius overlooking the marble statues of the Titans killed: it means the triumph of reason over brutal and animal wild force.

In popular tradition this was the original meaning of the monument in Piazza Statute but people added a second one: the suffering endured by the miners to carry out the hard work.

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Turin and Gargoyles

Turin and Gargoyles

Despite being born and raised in Turin only recently began to know the city. You have not to walk just looking around, you have to move the eye upward also.

The historic center of Turin, in particular the area occupied by Banks between Via Alfieri, Via XX Settembre, Piazza San Carlo, Palazzo Lascaris is full of strange presences: Gargoyles, monsters, devils, they are numerous, it’s disturbing to think that I passed by the very same way for years without ever notice them.

Finally you see them, the Gargoyles have always been there.

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Turin rivers Po and Dora fountains

Turin rivers Po and Dora fountains

It was a beautiful day, so I decided to photograph Piazza CLN in Turin, once called, by my ancestors “Piazza of the two Churches”. It is not a large square, a minor in Turin, crossed by Via Roma. The current name is derived from the National Liberation Committee, formed in Italy by the end of fascism.

I do not live far away so I promised myself to do these shots, pictures of the small square and the fountains of rivers Po and Dora.

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Turin and the door with masonic symbols

Turin and the door with masonic symbols

Turin is a strange, mysterious city, where good and evil merge, where the measure and the balance between the forces of nature and man are constantly changing and is object of attention since thousands of years. A story that could only be imbued of masonic symbols. The city of Turin is so full of esoteric symbols, demons and angels, and we have already seen some in this Web site.

In addition to the doorway of the Devil, of which we have already discussed, there is another wooden door very interesting, in Via Alfieri 19, near Piazza Solferino. A large door in solid wood where you can clearly see several masonic symbols like the square, compass, goniometer. It is said that the palace was built by the masons, but beyond that, it is really a beautiful work of craftsmanship, and it worths finding.

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Life and death in Turin

Life and death in Turin

It’s a series of shots taken in Turin in different circumstances, a walk through the various streets of the historic center and a visit to the monumental cemetery of the city.

As I watched these photos of Torino, I immediately realized that they have to stay together, they were opposed and antithetical, but inevitably attracted by each other.

Life, game, fun, clowns, streets, church, religion, tombs.

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Turin and faces in Piazza San Carlo

Turin and faces in Piazza San Carlo

is one of the most important squares of Turin the real center of Turin. 168 meters long and 76 wide is embedded within the road axis of the Via Roma, which connects Piazza Castello and Piazza Carlo Felice.

It is the main place for the historical and social events, rallies, demonstrations, presentations, strikes, concerts; in short, the living room of the city.

Personally it is one of my Turin favorites Piazza’s, especially since many years ago the square has become completely pedestrian, cars are not allowed.

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Turin and the doorway of the Devil

Turin and the doorway of the Devil

In Turin, in via Vittorio Alfieri, stands an old building, which now houses a bank. The building has a beautiful huge, solid, dark, carved wood door.

Palazzo Trucchi di Levaldigi, this is the name of the palace in Turin, is a huge building erected in 1673 on design by Amedeo di Castellamonte and thanks to Minister of Finance of the House of Savoy.

The door is decorated with flowers, angels, fruit, but what is really amazing is the clapper in the center of the door: a polished smiling Devil. All the people of Turin known this door as doorway of the Devil.

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Mole Antonelliana with snow

Mole Antonelliana with snow

Last winter I realized that I had never photographed the Mole Antonelliana from the royal gardens.

In this web-site you will find some more photos of Mole Antonelliana, it is virtually impossible come to Turin without photographing its symbol which makes a unique city with an unmistakable profile.

The construction of the Mole Antonelliana began in 1863, and was originally supposed to be a Jewish synagogue. The project of Mole Antonelliana proved to be time consuming and costly, and a series of changes made by Antonelli, the architect of this opera, raised the building to 113 meters.

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Angels in Turin

Angels in Turin

Walking in Turin must being careful where you go, it could happen to come across not only in monsters, demons, gargoyles, but also Angels. Turin, the magical city par excellence is a set of forces of good and evil.

The Angels that I photographed are located in the historic center of Turin, to hold the balcony of the first floor of a strange building on the corner of Via Pietro Micca and Via San Francesco d’Assisi, almost in Piazza Solferino, definitely nice building.

You do not notice the building, you must know it, the palace once looked directly at one of the most beautiful squares in Torino, but now it is almost buried, obscured, hidden, by a huge and horrible fifteen-story skyscraper built in the 60s’.

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Santa Maria di Staffarda Abbey

Santa Maria di Staffarda Abbey

After Saluzzo, along with a friend of mine, we went to visit the famous Staffarda Abbey, unfortunately the weather was not the best, it rained all day. The atmosphere was interesting, the photographs of the Abbey of Staffarda str not bad at all.

The Abbey is not in optimal conditions, especially inside, as we can see in the photographs of the windows. The atmosphere was quite serene, peaceful and relaxed, suspended in time of a site so rich in history.

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Saluzzo and its in historic center

Saluzzo and its in historic center

Visiting Piedmont, in Italy, you can not miss a visit to Saluzzo, a magnificent and spectacular example of medieval architecture perfectly preserved over the centuries. The opportunities to take good pictures in Saluzzo are definitely a lot.

Saluzzo was for centuries, an independent and proud Marquis, an area with a vocation for fruits a fertile and generous land.

The day I came to visit Saluzzo unfortunately it was cold and foggy, not the best to take the photos I had in mind, in this unlucky day also the beautiful “Castello della Manta”, with its Renaissance frescoes was closed due to renovations.

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War and past in Turin

War and past in Turin

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.

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Pavia

Pavia

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.

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Mondovì

Mondovì

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.

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Rocca de Baldi

Rocca de Baldi

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.

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Snowing in Turin

Snowing in Turin

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.

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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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