Discover Procida, the Italian capital of culture for 2022

The Italian capital of culture for 2022 will be the tiny yet beautiful island of Procida. It’s the smallest and least known of the islands of the Gulf of Naples. You maybe have already heard of Capri and Ischia. Does perhaps Procida sound new to you? Well, springtime is the perfect moment do discover Procida, which will be the Italian capital of culture for 2022. Next year we all hope that the pandemic emergency will be over and that we’ll be able again to travel freely! Here are a tiny guide and some beautiful images of this charming island! And

The special history and amazing beauty of Palmanova

Located in Northeastern Italy, Palmanova, the star-shaped town, is a unique destination. A great example of a Renaissance-era planned town meant to be used as a living area but also as a fortress and stronghold. The star-shaped town Palmanova has the shape of a star. Right in its middle, there is a huge square, an enormous empty space that was once used for military musters. The town was built, following the ideals of utopia, at the end of the XVI century by the Republic of Venice. It was the last outpost before the border with the Austrian empire. Unfortunately, no

Discover the old times charm of Marzamemi

Marzamemi is a beautiful ancient tuna fishing village in Sicily, not far from Siracusa. It was built during the Arab domination of Sicily. The name itself “Marzamemi” has an Arab root. “Marsa” in Arab means “harbour”. Also, the tuna fishery dates back to Arab domination. On the other side, the fishermen houses were built in the 17° century. This is the time when the whole area was sold to the prince of Villadorata, who built new houses and structures to empower the fishing activity. Fishing tunas and other large fishes was a profitable enterprise until the half of the last

Deep South and close to Africa

The island knows no other human voices, no other footprints. On the Offshore Lights, you can live any story you want to tell yourself, and no one will say you’re wrong: not the seagulls, not the prisms, not the wind. (M.L. Stedman) Down, down, down to the extreme tip of Sicily until there is no path anymore. Only a tiny beach and a rocky shoreline. But you can walk further towards the South, along a boulders walkway that surfaces only with the low tide. We are deep South and close to Africa. Once at the end of the walkway, we

Trabocchi: the tailspin of the giant spiders jetting on the sea

At the extreme point of the right-hand promontory, on a bank of rocks the Trabocco stretched, a strange fishing machine, constructed entirely of beams and planks, like a colossal spider-web. (Gabriele D’Annunzio, The Triumph of Death) A trabocco is an old fishing machine. It’s common along the Southeastern coast of Italy, namely in Abruzzo and Puglia. A platform jutting out into the sea and anchored to the coastline by massive logs. From the platform hang out nets and all the structures needed to sustain them. The Italian writer Gabriele D’ Annunzio, who lived nearby, wrote some strong descriptions of trabocchi

In a dark and awesome night…Nusco fascinating bonfires

This is the story of a dark night. The darkest night of the year. At least, this is what they say in Southern Italy. A night light up by fascinating bonfires. We are in Nusco, in Campania, province of Avellino, the green and hilly Irpinia. Nusco Nusco sits on a windy hilltop at almost a thousand meters height. With the morning light, from here you get a wonderful view over the valley of the Ofanto River and the Southern Apennines mountains. During a January night, it’s freezing cold, but it’s well worth a visit. And now it’s the night of January

A visit to the remarkable floating section of Cesenatico Museum

Multicoloured sails greet the visitors of Cesenatico every day between Easter and September. A rainbow-show that cannot be missed even from the nearby main road or if you’re traveling by train. Dozens of traditional sailboats stretch along the old canal designed by Leonardo da Vinci. The wooden hulls are painted in bright colours. The typical details such as the “eyes” on the bow, more or less stylized. Red sails, or ochre or orange. And the sails are decorated with symbols that denote the property of the various families of fishermen. A tradition which has become a true “sailing heraldry”. This

Italian vacations 2015

Long, hot – sometimes boring – summer days. This is a personal project I developed this summer. The whole thing is about an average Italian summer holiday, depicting typical situation and feelings.The contents are absolutely contemporary, but I tried to show that not much has changed in typical Italian vacations since the times of my childhood. To achieve this other goal I got my inspiration from my parents’ pictures of those times. A mix of old and modern to show the thrill and boredom of a typical vacation. Shot with a smartphone, post-produced with Snapseed.

San Pietro Infine, the centre point of an epic battle

San Pietro Infine is a tiny medieval village in Southern Italy, almost halfway between Rome and Naples. It is uninhabited and completely in ruins. If you’re interested in history, you probably know what Cassino means in WWII. But does San Pietro Infine tell you anything? Probably not, even if it lies few kilometres south of Cassino. Centre point of an epic battle Because of its position, on the slopes of Monte Sambucaro, it was the centre point of an epic battle between the American V Army, and the German 29th Panzer Grenadier Division. Americans were on their way to Rome

A visit to the awesome Matera and how to get great pictures

The ancient town of Matera, with its “Sassi” district, is a fascinating town. It will delight all your senses. It’s located in Southern Italy. Nested in a harsh yet beautiful rocky landscape: the karst semi-arid plateau streaked with canyons called Murge. The ancient Sassi Sassi is the ancient heart of Matera. A labyrinth carved out in the slopes of two distinct narrow canyons of calcareous rock, full of cave dwellings and old, beautiful buildings. To visit the area a bit of physical effort is required. What you need are a decent physical shape and comfortable shoes. With this basic equipment, you’re ready

The Reasons Why I Love the Doors of Acciaroli

Acciaroli and its roots Acciaroli is a tiny fishing village in Southern Italy. It has a nice harbour, sheltered by an ancient Norman tower. Everything in Acciaroli is related to the sea. Even the church is directly above the water as to protect all the seamen passing by. Once, before the construction of the new harbour, the houses were built directly on the rocks at the edge of the sea. They were linked with the mainland by small wooden walkways. It was easier for the inhabitants to get on a boat than to go walking! Just behind these disappeared houses, were

All You Need To Know About Camogli

Liguria, in North-Western Italy, is a huge rocky arch that stretches from Tuscany to the border with France. Almost at its middle, upon a small promontory, lies Camogli. Today a tourist destination, a few decades ago a fishermen village and earlier an important trade harbour. Camogli is a real gem of Liguria. The tiny harbour was once – around the end of the Middle Age – one of the most trafficked in Europe. Camogli was called the “city of a thousand white sails” because of the many ships that were always cruising through its port. The fake facades Today there