Italian Landscapes - Paesaggi d'Italia

"Tre cose desidero vedere innanzi alla mia morte, ma dubito, ancora che io vivessi molto, non ne vedere alcuna: uno vivere di republica bene ordinata nella città nostra, Italia liberata da tutti e’ barbari e liberato el mondo dalla tirannide di questi scelerati preti."

Francesco Guicciardini, Ricordi, 1512/30
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Campione del Garda, Lago di Garda, Lombardia (Lake Garda, Lombardy), Italy

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Rupecanina, Sant’Angelo d’Alife, Campania, Italy (XII sec. - 12th C AC)

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Equipe 84

This is the right song for today but, if you arent’ Italian and/or if you are too young, I’m pretty sure you don’t like it. In one or both these cases, better if you don’t consider this post: otherwise, if you wanna listen to something of the good ol’times… I’ve choosen this version (and the first one, recorded in 1967), because of the newscaster voice in the background. Anyway, Equipe 84 was one of the most famous bands of the 1960s Italian Beat.

Seduto in quel caffè io non pensavo a te….
[Giornale radio: ieri, 29 settembre…]
Guardavo il mondo che girava intorno a me…
[…in tal modo, dalla ricorrenza del 29 settembre…]
Poi d’improvviso lei sorrise
e ancora prima di capire
mi trovai sottobraccio a lei,
stretto come se non ci fosse che lei.
Vedevo solo lei e non pensavo a te…
E tutta la città correva incontro a noi.
Il buio ci trovò vicini
un ristorante e poi
di corsa a ballar sottobraccio a lei,
stretto verso casa abbracciato a lei,
quasi come se non ci fosse che,
quasi come se non ci fosse che lei.
[…nella giornata precedente; oggi, 30 settembre…]
Mi son svegliato e
e sto pensando a te.
Ricordo solo che, che ieri non eri con me…
Il sole ha cancellato tutto.
di colpo volo giù dal letto
e corro lì al telefono
e parlo, rido e tu.. tu non sai perché
t’amo, t’amo e tu, tu non sai perché
parlo, rido e tu, tu non sai perché
t’amo t’amo e tu, tu non sai perché
parlo, rido e tu, tu non sai perché
t’amo, t’amo tu, tu non sai perché…


Porto Venere,

Liguria 2013, Leica mini zoom,

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Isola del Liri, Lazio, Italy

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Piazzetta della Pomposa (Pomposa Square), Modena, Emilia-Romagna, Italy

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Sepino (Saepinum), Molise, Italy

Saepinum was a Samnite town in Central Italy, It was captured by Romans in 3th C BC. The ruins date back to the 1st C AC.

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Abbazia di Novacella (Augustiner-Chorherrenstift Neustift), Varna-Vahrn, Alto Adige-Südtirol, Italy (XII-XVIII sec. - 12th-18th C AC)

Alto Adige-Südtirol was ruled until 1918 (end of World War One) by the Austrian-Hungarian Empire. Most of its inhabitants are German speakers.

The architecture of this abbey clearly reveals its German origin.

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Polittico di San Martino (St. Martin Polyptych), Treviglio, Lombardy, Italy

  • Autori / Artists: Bernardino Butinone e Bernardo Zenale
  • Data dell’opera / Date of the work: c. 1485
  • Tipo dell’opera / Type of the work: tempera su tavola / Tempera on Board
  • Collocazione / Location: Basilica di San Martino (St. Martin’s Cathedral), Treviglio
  • Stile / Style: rinascimento / Renaissance
  • Misure / Sizes: 594x363 cm (233.86×142.91 in)

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Casa di Galileo Galilei, Padova (Galileo’s House, Padua), Veneto, Italy

Galileo Galilei (1564-1642), the famous scientist, astronomer, physicist, taught geometry, mechanics and astronomy at the University of Padova (Padua) since 1592 to 1610.

He made in that city some of his most important astronomical discoveries with his self-manufactured telescope (now displayed in Museo Galileo in Firenze/Florence), published in 1610 in “Sidereus Nuncius” (Sidereal Messenger).

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Villa della Porta Bozzolo, Casalzuigno, Lombardy, Italy (XVI sec. - 16th C AC)

The villa is open to the public; it’s managed by the Fondo Ambiente Italiano (FAI) (Italian Environment Trust)

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Villa Gamberaia, Firenze, Toscana (Florence, Tuscany), Italy (XV sec. - 15th C AC)

Giardini all’italiana (Italian Gardens)

The classical Italian garden arose in 15th Century, during  the late Renaissance, inspired by ideals of order and symmetry. Its sight and smell had to be a source of inspiration and relaxing for the owner and his guests.

Its paths were delimited by well-finished and trimmed hedges, embellished with statues, fountains, water tricks, grottoes, and fruit trees, especially citrus ones.

The Italian garden usually includes few or no flowers and it stands for its green color out.

An amazing view of the near countryside often lay before to the visitors.

Villa Gamberaia, near Firenze (Florence) is a perfect model of this sort of garden.

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Farmacia di Santa Maria Novella, Firenze, Toscana (St. Mary Novella Pharmacy, Florence, Tuscany), Italy

The pharmacy is the oldest in Europe: It was founded by the near monastery’s friars and it dates back to 14th C AC. It’s now a perfume shop.

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Porta Pia, Roma (Pia Gate, Rome), Lazio, Italy

Today is the anniversary of the capture of Rome by the Italian Army (20th September 1870).

After the unification of Italy, also known as Risorgimento (1848-1866), only Rome remained out of the new state. Italians couldn’t conquer it, because it was defended by some French Army units, that had to come back to France in 1870, to defend their country during the French-Prussian war.

Italy took the occasion and its army besieged and entered Rome through a breach near Porta Pia (Pia Gate); the defense by Papal soldiers was only symbolic: the Papal army casualties was only 19.

Please note the perfect touching up between #3 (the original one) and #4 images. The dead Italian soldiers and the holes on the wall were added to give a more impressive appearance to a very poor enterprise: in any case, the #4 image was shooted some days after the Italian assault.

As many other historic events in Italy (and not only there, unfortunately), now the capture of Rome and the unification of Italy have been revised in a negative way, imagining several unreal happy and prosperous pre-united little Italian states, ruined by the evil and greedy Piedmontese state (origin of the future Italian Kingdom).

For this reason, please also note in closing the image #9: it’s a celebration of the anniversary of Porta Pia’s breach, on the Papal nostalgic side. I’m afraid it isnt’t a coincidence if the Papal standard bearer is a black man, and what’s more dressed up with a waiter’s livery. In fact, the celebration has been organized by Militia Christi, a fundamentalist Catholic association. This can gives you an idea of how the world should be in their opinion.

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Rocca dei Trinci (Trinci Castle), Foligno, Umbria, Italy (XIV sec. - 14th C AC)

The castle is now a luxury “Hôtel de Charme”.

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