Landscape photo of Tuscany

Landscape Photography in Chianti - Tuscany

The Chianti area of Tuscany is a small, homogeneous and defined geographical region, located in the heart of the Tuscan hills, between the provinces of Florence and Siena.

This area has an extraordinary, varied and pleasant landscape, one of the most iconic in the world. A landscape with a harsh and generous character. Although it is repeated in its general lines, with a continuous alternation of woods, vineyards and olive groves, this place is never equal to itself.

It is a landscape, so to speak, made by hand, with a spade and a hoe, by countless generations of men. This is the agricultural landscape of the Tuscan sharecropper, with its rural geometries, with the farmhouses and mixed cultivation, terraces and dry stone walls.

Chianti is not a natural environment, it is a hilly area made up of poor and stony soils, decidedly unfavorable to agriculture, which entire families of peasants, over the course of many centuries with the strength of their arms, have managed to tame.

This is a series of images taken during autumn, the season that more than any other, brings us back all the poetry of Chianti landscapes.


Campo imperatore landscapes

Campo Imperatore - The little Italian Tibet

Exploring the Italian Apennines with a Camper van.
In this second stage of the exploration of the Italian Apennines, Florence and I decided to photograph the plateau of Campo Imperatore in the province of Aquila in Abruzzo.

Given the wild and non-anthropized nature of the area in question, we chose to move with our van, which for the two of us is the ideal way to travel. Great sense of freedom, low cost and above all the possibility of sleeping near the places you want to photograph before dawn.

Campo Imperatore is often called the "little Italian Tibet" due to its particular geography. A karst plateau at an altitude of 1800m, surrounded by the highest peaks of the Italian Apennines where winters are long and extremely snowy.

The idea of this gallery is to give you a sense of the place and maybe inspire you one day to visit it in person.
Although this area is one of the wildest corners of Europe, its access is relatively easy since it is only a 2-hour drive from Rome.


Flowering lentils in castelluccio di norcia

Sibillini Mountains National Park

This year I decided to buy a van to fully explore my country Italy. I always thought there would be time, even when I was older to travel in my country.

Then came the pandemic with the Lockdowns and all the travel restrictions that we all have experienced.

The first location of this long one-year trip to Italy was the Sibillini Mountains National Park in Italy, which includes the homonymous mountain range, extends for about thirty kilometers in the heart of the Central Apennines and the surrounding hills. Its territory falls within the Marche region and in a small portion of the Umbria region.

Here, the powerful action of nature and the activity of man, present in these places for millennia, are the basis of the extraordinary landscape, naturalistic and historical-cultural richness of the Park.

Of the many villages that are part of the park, the most characteristic is undoubtedly Castelluccio di Norcia, a village that seems to have come out of a dream. During my visit in July 2021 the village was still a heap of rubble caused by the strong earthquake of 2016. Luckily the warm locals adapted well by organizing themselves to receive the hordes of visitors during the famous "Fioritura" (lentils bloom).

This is one of the best known and most important events in the whole region; A historical, cultural and naturalistic event much appreciated by tourists and traditionally maintained by the locals: the flowering of Castelluccio in the "Piana Grande". A wonder of nature, a triumph of colors that is renewed every year, between June and July.

Unfortunately during my visit the best of flowering had already passed ... all the more reason that will definitely keep me coming back next season.

 


People walk at twilights on thar desert in india

Travel Photography in India

India fascinates, India attracts. Sometimes makes you angry, but surely it never leaves you indifferent.

India is a country of strong contrasts due to a complex society, made up of wealth and opulence on one hand, and extreme poverty on the other. Despite this, the beauty of life is constantly celebrated through its outstanding notes and colors.

Music is omnipresent, from rattles on women's feet to litanies from temples. The sparkling pallettes of the saris and the bright colors of the turbans, color the streets and villages.

In short, a trip to India is a concentration of unique and deep experiences, both for its incomparable landscapes, for its trembling megalopolises or for unexpected encounters.

This is a condensation of my best travel photos from India during my four visits. I hope you will like them ...


Trabocco Turchino at sunrise.

Landscape Photography - Costa dei Trabocchi in Abruzzo

The Trabocchi Coast, embodies all the charmĀ  that often accompany the seaside of Italy: history and origins. In this case of the Abruzzo region heritage.

The protagonists here are the trabocchi. Ancient fishing machines, installed on stilts and connected to the mainland through narrow and disconnected piers, stretching out towards the sea, like gigantic wooden spiders burned by the sun and salt.

 


Street scene in fes, morocco

Street Photography in Fez - Morocco

Fez, the oldest of the imperial cities can be defined as the symbol city of Morocco.

I stayed in the city for only two days, too little to go deeply into it and document some aspects of its centenary traditions.

I got carried away without specific plans, comfortable shoes and my little Ricoh gr in hand, approaching street photography in Fez.


Koutoubia Mosque in marrakesh, morocco.

Travel Photography in Marrakesh - Morocco

Once a destination for camel caravans from the south, the oasis of Marrakesh was in the past, the most beautiful location many travelers had ever seen.

Ocher in color and founded almost a thousand years ago, Marrakesh is one of the major cities of Maghreb and definitely one of the most interesting for travel photography in north Africa. It's spectacular geographical position, with the backdrop of the snow-capped peaks of the High Atlas, offers to travelers a vision of rare beauty.

 


Morocco travel photography

Morocco - Journeying through the Maghreb jewel

I traveled to Morocco in 2020, taking advantage of the low cost flight route Pisa - Marrakesh. A small fiat panda accompanied me and my partner Florence for 3 weeks.

We started from Marrakesh and then up towards Ait Benhaddou crossing the Atlas. Impressive landscapes on the way. Then, Ouarzazate, the spectacular Dades valley, Imichil, Ifrane, Meknes up to Fez and then down to Fez

Being used to traveling mainly in South Asia (which remains the part of the world I love most) I must be honest that the Moroccan experience was surprising for travel photography given the great variety of landscapes, but more difficult than usually on the human side.

Morocco is divided in two by the mountains. Frosty climates and peaks covered in snow and ice collide with hot, dry areas such as the Western Sahara. These extremes have created a multitude of cultures and great civilizations, whose traces remain alive in the fascinating cities.


Street photography in Yangon

Street Photography in Yangon

Yangon: the most cosmopolitan, multiethnic and interesting city in Myanmar. Located in the center of the country, on the banks of a wide river, Yangon is constantly immersed in a picturesque chaos of different styles and cultures.

This city is full of neighborhoods with old and dilapidated buildings. Everything seems to have been shaken by an earthquake!

Yangon is one of the most exotic and surprising cities in all of Southeast Asia for street photography. Here the people still walk around in flip-flops and despite the pace of a big city they prefer a rather relaxed lifestyle.


Myanmar travel photoraphy

Travel Photography in Myanmar

Myanmar is a country that is different from any other land. Here, globalization has not yet taken deep roots.

Of course, the change has begun and it can be seen above all in the capital Yangon. It remains a fact that "the land of gold" has experienced a long isolation by the international community which has helped preserve its unique culture.

Among golden pagodas, spectacular landscapes and lived traditions, a traveler will find intense peculiarities in a country where Buddhism permeates everyday life.