An Eye on the Gulf of Naples at Sunset

Naples (Italy). Just few words to “refresh” the homepage. I’m on my way to Naples for a long-weekend-short-holiday. I’m not sure I will have again the privilege of shooting from such an unique and prestigious terrace (I’m referring to the posted photo), but for sure I will do my best – together with my camera – to capture the indisputable beauty of this city…

Naples is a very inspiring place, and every photographer can find his or her personal source of inspiration there: from amazing landscapes, to people on the streets – not forgetting an incredible artistic heritage – photographing around Naples (together with its gulf) has so much to offer, that few days can’t be enough. For several reasons, Naples gives me the same vibrations of Istanbul; I think that these two cities are very similar, not only for the crazy traffic (!) – I will try to use the next days to better understand why these two cities, for me, have so many common aspects: it could be an interesting theme for one of my next posts…

Greetings from Naples!

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Gulf of Naples (See Naples and Die)

Naples (Italy). The last weekend I was in Naples for a very special (personal) event. I arrived on Friday, and few minutes after the check-in at the hotel, I went immediately upstairs to the terrace to see the view and enjoy the sunset.

I knew that the landscape was “nice”, but I was not expecting such an amazing view! I spent there a lot of time, shooting photographs (of course!) and contemplating the Gulf of Naples, with the Vesuvio volcano and the Castel Nuovo, also known as Maschio Angioino.

During the shooting, with this landscape in front of my eyes, I was thinking about the famous quote “vedi Napoli e poi muori”, which can be translated as “see Naples and (then you can) die”. The meaning is simple: after visiting such a wonderful city, you will never see anything of more beautiful in your whole life.

This is what the German writer Johann Wolfgang von Goethe wrote in his book “Italian Journey” [1786 – 1788] during his visit to Naples:

I won’t say another word about the beauties of the city and its situation, which have been described and praised often. As they say here, “Vedi Napoli e poi muori! — See Naples and die!” One can’t blame the Neapolitan for never wanting to leave his city, nor its poets singing its praises in lofty hyperboles: it would be wonderful even if a few more Vesuvius were to rise in the neighborhood.

To be honest, me too: I did not want to leave Naples, its beautiful landscapes and its people. And on the plane, flying above the city on my way back home, I promised to myself that I will come back soon (also because I feel I’m too young to die!)


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