Torre di Palme

The medieval village of Torre di Palme is one of the most interesting of the Marche region, in Italy.

It’s well preserved and distinguished by the uniformity of the buildings and the attention to detail.

You can enjoy also a beautiful view of the Adriatic Sea from the large terrace of Belvedere.

 

GearCanon EOS 6D, Canon EF 16-35mm F/4L IS USM and Canon EF 70-200mm F/2,8L IS II USM

Paleokastritsa – Corfù (Greece)

The bay of Paleokastritsa is in the North West of Corfu, with his amazing beaches and cristal clear sea.

Paleokastritsa is a small village where the epic poem the Odyssey,  tells that legendary Odysseus (Ulysses) disembarked and met Nausicaa for the first time.

A great view and a lovely place to visit and to have a coffee or a lunch, is the La Grotta (grotto) beach bar. This is situated in a tiny little cove with crystal clear, very deep and icy cold water.

There is maybe 100 stairs to go down and up, but a, highly recommended if you are on the island.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM

Vieste

Vieste is beautiful a town in the Puglia (Apulia) region of Italy and it is included in the Gargano National Park.

Main attractions in Vieste are, of course, the two large beaches at two sides of town, but also a castle on top of the town, with a triangular shape and bastions at its vertexes, the cathedral in Apulian Romanesque style and the Lighthouse, built in 1867.

 

Gear:  Canon Eos 40D, Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 II and Sigma 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM

Sori (Liguria)

A small gallery of some HDR photos and long exposures taken in Sori.

Sori is a beatiful city in the Italian region Liguria and part of the so-called Golfo Paradiso (Paradise gulf) in the Riviera di Levante.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 7D, Sigma 10-20mm f/4-5.6 EX DC HSM, Canon EF-S 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM and Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 L USM

Amsterdam late night

A photo gallery with some photos taken wandering in Amsterdam at late night.

All these photos are taken without a tripod and with a light post production. The pictoric effect is for the use of a Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L lens at widest aperture.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 50mm f/1.2 L USM

The gulf of Naples by night

Naples by night

Some photos of Naples taken in a december full moon night and blue sky.

The bay, bordered by city lights of Naples and Mount Vesuvius.

The “finestrella of Marechiaro”, a typical and romance place down to Posillipo.

Villa Volpicelli, used as set of a wildly popular Italian soap opera “Un posto al sole“—A Place in the Sun;

And two shots of little harbor of Riva Fiorita on the Posillipo coast.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM II

The Basilica of the Holy House in Loreto

Some HDR night scenes in Loreto (Italy), outside the Basilica of the Holy House.

The late Gothic Basilica has been built in 1469, around the Holy House, and the sacred site attracts as many as 4 million Catholic pilgrims and visitors each year. Some of the greatest architects of the time worked on the construction of this basilica, Bramante and Vanvitelli for all.

Inside the basilica, the Holy House is, of course, the main attraction. It is a small stone building measuring 13 x 31 feet, with traces of medieval murals on the inner walls. An ancient tradition tells that the walls of the Shrine existed in Nazareth, Galilea: the Holy House is the same House where Our Lady Mary was born, grew up and received the angelic announcement.

This tradition, based on devotion and popular belief, ascribed the transportation of the House of Nazareth to an angelic mission; current historical studies have developed the hypothesis of a transportation carried out by Man, through sea and land, that came true with special assistance from above. That’s the way “to read between the lines” and give the most probable explanation to the Holy House event.

Curiosity: outside the place of the Basilica you can see an Aermacchi MB-339-A/PAN of aerobatic demonstration team of the Italian Aeronautica Militare. In 1910, Our Lady of Loreto became the patron saint of pilots, because of the tradition of the house’s flight from Nazareth.

 

Gear: Canon Eos 6D and Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L USM II