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#6 Florence

Dante, Leonardo and the Medici.
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t’s been so beautiful visiting and spending time in Florence, that wait to write a blog and share the photos I took there, it’s a pity.
Worldwide Florence is considered an amazing place full of art and history and young artists come from everywhere to study or just to admire the beauty of it. Nothing truer than that. Since we arrive in our gorgeous hotel literally 1-minute walk from Piazza della Signoria, you get captured by the details, the art and the beauty of the old building. Palazzi as we calling them in Italy. It sounds better than just building.
Every street is crowded. People everywhere taking pictures, selfies, eating massive panini (we call it panino because is just one. Panini in my language is plural just to let the English reader acknowledge this fact. Joke) and licking beautiful, delicious ice cream enjoying the beautiful sun that broke the doggy weather of this year’s Easter holiday. You can walk everywhere and there is always something to frame and admire.
From the Ponte Vecchio on the river Arno, Palazzo Pitti and the gorgeous Giardini dei Boboli where you can enjoy a stunning view of the Città Vecchia (the historic city centre), the Duomo that to my eyes is the most beautiful cathedral I ever saw with an amazing combination of white, green and pastel pink marbles. Everything talked about art, smelled of history and I can imagine all those amazing artists that walked here through the centuries getting inspired by all this beauty.
People always taking picture of Nettuno from the front so I did the back too. I’m sure Bartolomeo Ammannati worked hard on the front as well as the back! Hope you enjoying it!
3 days aren’t enough for Florence considering that we also visited Camaiore, Pietrasanta and the sea that it takes just 1-hour drive from Florence. The magic of Florance and Tuscany spread to the whole region. If you want to have a good time and get lost in art and beauty I can suggest it. I Hope you will enjoy the photos as I hope you enjoyed this slightly longer story!

Dante, Leonardo e i Medici..
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isitare Firenze é stato emozionante, meraviglioso e pensare di dover aspettare a scrivere il blog mi sembrava un vero e proprio delitto. Firenze é considerata nel mondo una città meravigliosa piena di arte e di storia tanto é vero che giovani aspiranti artisti da tutto il mondo decidono di completare i loro studi proprio nella città dei Medici. Dal momento in cui siamo arrivati al nostro centralissimo albergo a due passi da piazza della signoria sei subito circondato dalla bellezza, dai dettagli dei palazzi antichi.
Le vie erano affollate di persone a scattare fotografie e selfies, mangiando mostruosi e gustosi panini locali e gelati in un soleggiato weekend a spezzare la monotonia del clima un pò pazzo delle vacanze pasquali.
Visitiamo il Ponte Vecchio sul fiume Arno, Palazzo Pitti e i meravigliosi Giardini dei Boboli da dove si gusta una meravigliosa vista della Città Vecchia, il Duomo che ritengo il più bello che abbia mai visto. Quel accostamento di marmo bianco, verde e rosa pastello é semplicemente meraviglioso. Ogni angolo, ogni dove parla d’arte, profuma di storia e non fatico ad immaginare come gli artisti passati per queste vie siano stati inspirati da tutte queste meraviglie nel corso dei secoli.
Siccome sono sicuro che Bartolomeo Ammannati ha lavorato duramente su entrambi i lati della statua di Nettuno ho deciso di fotografarli entrambi anche perché la gente si sofferma sempre e solo al fronte delle statue. Vi piace?
3 giorni non sono a sufficienza per visitare Firenze sopratutto considerando che abbiamo anche visitato Camaiore, Pietrasanta e i loro lidi che distano non più di un’ora di strada dalla città. La magia di Firenze e della Toscana infatti si espande a tutta la regione. Beh noi italiani conosciamo la bellezza del nostro paese (qui il post finisce diversamente dalla versione inglese) e se non siete stati ancora a Firenze o se come me avete aspettato 40 anni, non perdete tempo e andateci perché non ve ne pentirete. Buona visione.

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#5 From the City to Stansted.

A different Journey.
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’ve been quite absent from the blog and my stories and I missed look back at my unpublished pictures from my last few months and now, few days before Easter, I’m going to publish photos I took at Christmas time. They come from a different time I’m used to be in London as I was travelling back to Italy and so, on Saturday just before the days of celebration, I decided to take some extra time to get at the airport and walk in the early afternoon from London Bridge to Liverpool Streets stations. I’m not used having people around me when I’m shooting but it’s been really fun trying to think in advance how I could get some of them in it. With these long days and with more light throughout the afternoon, I might change my routine and to be completely honest sunrise it’s really early now! So please sit back and relax, enjoy the photos and let me know what do you think! Looking forward to hearing from you guys.

Un tragitto diverso tanto per cambiare..
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un pò di tempo che per diversi motivi sono stato distante dal mio blog e mi é mancato non poter guardare, selezionare e scrivere storie delle mie foto non ancora pubblicate, e così a qualche giorno dalla Pasqua andiamo indietro fino al Natale dello scorso anno. Di rientro in Italia per le vacanze natalizie, decido di fare un giro nel primo pomeriggio in un momento della giornata a cui non sono abituato, partendo da London Bridge fino ad arrivare a Liverpool Street. Avere persone attorno a me mentre fotografo é abbastanza inusuale per le mie abitudini ma devo ammettere che é stato anche interessante cercare di pensare in anticipo come usarle a mio piacimento. Le ore di luce sono aumentate ora e quindi mi divertirò a cambiare per un pò la mia routine fotografica alla scoperta della città in situazione diverse dal solito. Ora sedetevi e rilassatevi guardando le prossime fotografia e fatemi sapere cosa ne pensate. Vi aspetto!

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Back to the … let’s catch up about June

I know, and I’m sorry I have been away from my blog for too long and there is a lot to catch up. Backward at the end of June, my usual early Saturday morning walk took me on a journey from St. James Park to Hyde Park and back. I have to admit this year the weather is awesome considering I‘m in England. Nice bright sky, a gorgeous hot sun on your face and of course, the quiet of this beautiful city.

The following first two photos, make me wonder about a future project that now back in October I haven’t done it yet, but I’ll keep it for a rainy day.

Hyde Park, it’s just wonderful. There are just geese, runners and with my surprise, as I didn’t know was it possible, a lot of swimmers. I was wondering how would you immerse yourself in there. It’s a mystery, but considering there is actually a swimming club I assume is normal. When the park is quiet and surrounded by silence you relax, breath in and let your thoughts running in your head, and I’m sure walking on your own on an early day, with so many empty benches, everything gets easier. On the other hand, if you are a couple, you can enjoy the swans and geese swimming in the lake. It doesn’t matter actually what you look at because there is always something that catches your attention like reflections, tunnels or maybe just a pole in the water.

Assange is still a thing, apparently.

At the end of your day when it’s time to go back home or like me, pleasing yourself with a well-deserved second breakfast, some just got up and what could be the first two things you would do? A cigarette with a cup of coffee and your phone. Well, this is what I imagine when I took the last photo.

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Clapham here and there.

If you are like me, loving wake up in the morning when the sun is rising and get out of the bed to spend an early walk through the city you will appreciate these photos I took last week in Clapham. I always blame myself for setting the alarm too early. The first eye open and the other is thinking about it. You realise it should be time to move on, one leg after the other but they move slowly just because I’m still not entirely convinced if should I wake up and go out.

But then when I’m out there a really nice walk through the fresh air of the morning, the early touch of the sunlight on your face that is still sleepy, change everything somehow. Shoot after shoot your senses come to life, your attention to details focused and then you start to enjoy the day and the empty streets, that slowly are getting busier. Earlier commuters going to work, trucks delivering foods and whatever shops need for the day ahead. Life is rising.

Clapham is a wonderful area of London, just south of the river and you can’t love it. It’s full of gorgeous shops, coffee bars etc.

Let have a look at some photos I took back last week and I hope you’ll enjoy them.

P.S. I’m still working on my writing, grammar and English but I hope that these posts are starting to make sense to you.

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