Jan 31, 2014

Tivoli

A promenade to Tivoli, ancient town far 30 km from Rome. testing outisde the Nikon Coolpix A, amazing compact camera with a Large APS-C sensor and super image quality, a real small size queen indeed fit in my pocket




Jan 30, 2014

Stars

Urban landscape at night from a peak to Tivoli, an ancient town far from Rome approx 30 Km. It seemed an ocean of stars



Jan 28, 2014

Coolpix A

First use of the Nikon Coolpix A, a great palm sized Maestro, NIKKOR lens & Nikon DX-format sensor


Extremely sharp 28 mm equivalent f/2.8 NIKKOR lens (perfect for street photography!). Professional-level edge-to-edge sharpness

 Large DX-format sensor for richer images. Rich tones & colors. Beautiful natural bokeh. Operation system consistent with Nikon D-SLRs. Focus mode selector. Focus ring for manual focus control. Full HD video with built-in stereo microphone. Really amazing. Absolutely the best pocket camera I never used. Below here the first test with a couple of Macro close-up snapshots. Definetely I'll use the Nikon Coolpix A for a photographic project I was thinking to work very soon


Jan 24, 2014

Via Cernaia

The monument of Quintino Sella (1827-1884), Italian statesman, financier, engineer and scientist, placed along a street in the center of Rome, Via Cernaia


Jan 23, 2014

Saint Sebastian

At the entrance of Catacombs of Saint Sebastian. More than any other road, Via Appia Antica offers fascinanting, archeological and artistic elements as well as lovely scenary and also offers some of the most important evidence about early Christianity. Some of the best known Roman catacombs, as these ancient Christian subterranean cemeteries have been called since the 9th century, lie beneath the ancient road. The term Catacomb (from Greek kata cymba = near the cavity) actually first referred specifically to the site of the Catacombs of St. Sebastian, which was a pozzolana quarry whose galleries were used for the first Christian cemetery. Thousand of cunicula carved out on various levels for kilometers, resulting in an inextricable spider web in qhich it is easy to lose your way. For this reason visits to the catacombs are conducted only by official guides. The Catacombs of Saint Sebastian, above which a great basilica was built in the 4th century, were discovered during a 17th century restoration by Flaminio Ponzio and Giovanni Vasanzio. On the second level underground is the Crypt of St. Sebastian, where the body of the saint remained until it was transferred to the basilica during the restoration work. The Cubiculum of Jonah, with interesting frescoes of the biblical story of Jonah, and the scene of Noah saved from the Ark (late 4th century), the Sarcophagus of Lot, the Piazzola, an early entrance to the catacombs. The Three Mausoleums (in particularly good condition) face the Piazzola.
For more information: wwww.catacombe.org



Jan 22, 2014

Wednesday

Dedicated to the beloved memory of my friend, Mr. Luigi, during his funeral day




Jan 17, 2014

Last Bernini's Work

Discovered in 2001, in a little garden a few meters close to the entrance of Catacombs of Saint Sebastian in Rome, this amazing sculpture, lost since 17th century, is the last work by the great Baroque artist Gian Lorenzo Bernini (1598 - 1680). It's possible to admire it in the Basilica Saint Sebastian outside the walls, along the Appian Way



Jan 15, 2014

Ostia Antica

Ruins of Ostia, the port of ancient Rome that stands at the mouth (ostium) of the Tiber, 25 km (14 miles) southwest of the capital on the shores of the Tyrrhenian Sea. Its well preserved ruins set among cypress and pines may reveal more about daily life and the buildings methods of ancient Rome than do those of the capital