Posts about Italy

  • Catania railway station in 2009

    Train to Messina

    Clearing out a hard drive, I came across a file with some notes made whilst travelling in Sicily in 2009.

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  • Triptych

    I’ve never really been one for creating “fine art” from my photographs, but I have always loved producing prints. There’s something deeply nostalgic and satisfying about spending time creating a really good photographic print, then selecting the best paper (a lustre-effect one by my preference) and creating a proper photographic print to pore over. In […]

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  • Being interesting

    Taking good, “nice” photographs of beautiful surroundings is like shooting fish in a barrel when you live somewhere as beautiful as Switzerland. Even going for a lunchtime constitutional with an iPhone in your pocket, you can take a couple of snaps of the magnificent lake view. Share them on social media, where they get lost […]

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  • Grand Canal, Venice, photographed from the Ponte dell'Accademia

    Surprised by Venice

    We took advantage of a much-reduced number of tourists in July to visit Venice. I came away with an unexpected number of good and unique photographs.

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  • Shop fronts in La Spezia, Italy

    Cinque Terre – La Spezia

    Black-and-white photos from wanderings in the Italian Cinque Terre.

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  • Video screenshot - me at Lobhörner in August 2018

    Review of 2018

    It’s been a very difficult year, but the sadness has been diluted a little with some lovely memories along the way. Here’s to a better 2019.

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  • Cinque Terre – Vernazza

    Black-and-white photos from wanderings in the Italian Cinque Terre.

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  • Cinque Terre – Monterosso al Mare

    Black-and-white photos from wanderings in the Italian Cinque Terre.

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  • Arco Felice

    A two-thousand-year old Happy Arch.

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  • Self-defeating tourism in Italy

    The sad way in which the success of a local tourism industry is putting paid to the draw of a peaceful, beautiful region of northern Italy.

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  • Gries Pass

    Attempting to get away from baking temperatures, we headed for the mountains and a hike across summer snow fields to the Gries glacier.

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  • Vesuvius

    The centre of attention for visitors to the Bay of Naples is a dormant volcano. Standing massive above the plains containing Naples, Ercolano (Herculaneum) and Pompeii, it constantly draws the eye. As a photographer, it’s pretty difficult to avoid having it as a main element in any wider landscape photo in the region. Its destructive […]

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  • Piscina Mirabilis

    Arriving in the town of Bacoli, on the headland a few miles west of the centre of Naples, you feel a long way from the tourist crowds and certainly not anywhere historic or especially noteworthy. But look into the history of the area and you’ll find that the bay here, now surrounded by slightly shabby buildings and busy with […]

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  • Fornillo Beach

    One of a series of photos added to my Campania, Italy set on Flickr.

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  • Strolling the streets of Positano

    One of the best parts of visiting Positano is a stroll through the roads and lanes from the upper town to the beach-side restaurants, stopping off in the shops and for ice-cream on the way.

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  • Water spout on the Amalfi Coast

    An unexpected water spout on the boat journey between Ischia, Capri and Positano in Italy.

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  • Cimiterio delle Clarisse, Ischia

    The gruesome crypt beneath the former monastery in the Aragonese Castle of Ischia Ponte.

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  • Molo di San Vincenzo

    The lighthouse on Molo di San Vincenzo (the main breakwater of the harbour) in Naples was built in 1950 but taken out of service just 29 years later, being superseded by an electric alternative on a lattice structure nearby. The statue in front of the tower is of San Gennaro (original name Januarius), the patron saint of Naples, who […]

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  • Capo Miseno

    “At the top of the great stone lighthouse, hidden beyond the ridge of the southern headland, the slaves were dousing the fires to greet the dawn. It was supposed to be a sacred place. According to Virgil, this was the spot where Misenus, the herald of the Trojans, slain by the sea god Triton, lay […]

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  • The Descent of Christ Into Limbo

    What is it they say? “I don’t know what art I like; but I know it when I see it.” I was captivated by this golden, glowing painting in the Santa Croce church of Florence when we visited in 2011. I don’t know whether it was the depth of detail in the painting, the tremendously […]

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  • Cinque Terre, from the archives

    In beginning to clear out the folders in my website this lunchtime, which contain photos and files I have used on the site since its relaunch in 2006, I came across a set of photos from a trip to the Cinque Terre region of north-western Italy in 2004. The most enduring memories of the holiday […]

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