Sunset in Florence

Florence (Italy). Meet the city where I was born… I’m sure you already know Florence, and I guess I won’t be the one that will open your eyes on one of the most beautiful cities on earth. However, I like when I can share with my followers unusual landscapes (with “unusual” I mean not the typical postcard you can find at the top of a search on Google). This is to say that Florence is not only Ponte Vecchio, Piazza Duomo and Uffizi Museum: if you go to Florence, try to dedicate more than few minutes to a walk around the city, enjoying the sunset along the river Arno or from one of the bridges crossing it, and refreshing yourself with the breeze which blows from the sea. This is my personal tip, let me know what you think about it.

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Sunset at the Florence Rowing Club

Florence (Italy). This is the Florence Rowing Club, it’s my second home – or at least it was. I spent here the largest part of my life from 6 to 26 (before moving from Florence) and as soon as I come back home, I can’t resist from returning here. Today there was a fantastic sunset, typical of this period of the year. The sun was going down behind Ponte Vecchio and its rays were partially hidden by the blade of one oar left on the rack. I thought it was a great set for a photograph…

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Florence in Chiaroscuro (Landscape from Piazzale Michelangelo)

Florence (Italy). I’m sorry for being repetitive. I know I have taken this picture, from this position, many many times; and like me, millions of people. But Florence has this unquestionable talent of enchanting and spellbinding people every time they are watching it, like the first time.

Some days ago I was at Piazzale Michelangelo, the sun was going down and the rays were lighting up the buildings’ facades along the Lungarno, creating an amazing chiaroscuro. I have shot, perfectly knowing that I was not going to capture an original image. But who cares, this is my blog and I do what I want!

Firenze. Mi dispiace essere ripetitivo. So di aver fatto questa foto, da questa posizione un sacco di volte; e che come me, altri milioni di persone. Ma Firenze ha questa indiscussa capacità di incantarti e di ipnotizzarti ogni volta che la guardi, come se fosse la prima.

L’altro giorno ero al Piazzale Michelangelo, il sole stava iniziando a scendere e la luce illuminava le facciate dei palazzi sul Lungarno, creando un bellissimo chiaroscuro. Ho scattato sapendo benissimo che non avrei fatto una foto originale. Ma chissenefrega, questo è il mio blog e io faccio quello che mi pare!

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Florence (Italy). “Diladdarno” (or sometimes “Oltrarno”) is a word that means “on the other side of the Arno river” in the local slang. Technically, Diladdarno is the left bank of the city with reference to the river Arno, which crosses Florence from East to West. And among the bridges that connect the two banks of Florence, Ponte Vecchio and Ponte Santa Trinita (both of them in the photo) are the most beautiful. The first one is today a symbol of the city, it hosts prestigious jewellers and it is visited by thousands of tourists every day.

I took this photo from one of the most beautiful observatory points in town: the terrace at the Westin Excelsior Hotel. I could spend hours there, capturing photos and drinking nice cocktails. The view is breathtaking, not only on the river, the bridges and Diladdarno, but also on the Cathedral and the right bank or – as we say here in Florence – “Diquaddarno”!

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(Just Another) Landscape of Florence

Florence (Italy). I guess you have seen this landscape of Florence several times: it has been taken from Piazzale Michelangelo (or Michelangiolo), one of the most popular observatory points around the city. What made me happy capturing this image, to be honest, is the fact that it has been made with 12 different vertical shots, merged together with Lightroom 6. I already tested this feature with an old sequence of photos taken at the Hungarian Parliament in Budapest, and I was very positively impressed by how fast, precise and easy to use it is. I guess I will shoot more and more panoramic photos in the future, hoping to enjoy again another beautiful landscape of Florence (and not only).

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