Jul 24, 2017


Abruzzo  is a region of Italy in Southern Italy, divided into the four provinces of L'Aquila, Teramo, Pescara, and Chieti. Abruzzo borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and south-west, Molise to the south-east, and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Geographically, Abruzzo is divided into a mountainous area to the west, which includes the Gran Sasso D'italia, and a coastal area to the east with beaches on the Adriatic sea. Abruzzo is considered culturally, linguistically, historically, and economically a region of Southern Italy, although geographically it may also be considered central. The Italian Statistical Authority (ISTAT) deems it to be part of Southern Italy, partially because of Abruzzo's historic association with the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

Abruzzo is known as "the greenest region in Europe" as one third of its territory, the largest in Europe, is set aside as national parks and protected nature reserves: there are three national parks, one regional park, and 38 protected nature reserves. These ensure the survival of 75% of Europe's living species including rare species, such as the small wading dotterel, golden eagle, the Abruzzo (or Abruzzese) chamois, Apennine wolf, and Marsican brown bear. Abruzzo is also home to Calderone, Europe's southernmost glacier.

Visiting nineteenth-century Italian diplomat and journalist Primo Levi (to not confuse with the writer and survivor of the Holocaust, Primo Levi) said that "forte e gentile" (strong and gentle) best describes the beauty of the region and the character of its people. "Forte e gentile" has since become the motto of the region and its inhabitants

(From Wikipedia)

Rosciolo dei Marsi (Abruzzo), Italy, 23 July 2017

Jul 23, 2017

Key to success

"Success is not the key to happiness. Happiness is the key to success. If you love what you are doing, you will be successful" ― Albert Schweitzer

Rosciolo dei Marsi (Abruzzo), Italy, 23 July 2017

Jul 22, 2017


"Black and white is abstract; color is not. Looking at a black and white photograph, you are already looking at a strange world" ― Joel Sternfeld

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Jul 21, 2017

Cats know everything

"You know what I should do?" Hoshino asked excited. "Of course," the cat said. "What'd I tell you? Cats know everything. Not like dogs" ― Haruki Murakami, Kafka on the shore

Jul 20, 2017

Liberty style villas in Rome

Interesting villas and luxurious residences built in Liberty style, between 1890 and 1910, in Rione Sallustiano, XVII rione (district) in the center of Rome

Jul 18, 2017


The Christuskirche is a Lutheran Evangelical church in Rome. It was built between 1910 and 1922 under direction of architect Franz Heinrich Schwechten, who also responsible for the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche in Berlin.

On 11 December 1983, Pope John Paul II visited the church and participated in an ecumenical service,[1] the first papal visit ever to a Lutheran church. The visit took place 500 years after the birth of Martin Luther, the German Augustinian monk who initiated the Lutheran reformation.

On January 14, 2015, Swedish actress Anita Ekberg's funeral Mass was held at Christuskirche.

(From Wikipedia)

Jul 17, 2017

On Photography

Photography is the only language that can be understood anywhere in the world” – Bruno Barbey

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Jul 16, 2017

On Street Photography

 “I only know how to approach a place by walking. For what does a street photographer do but walk and watch and wait and talk, and then watch and wait some more, trying to remain confident that the unexpected, the unknown, or the secret heat of the known awaits just around the corner” – Alex Webb

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Jul 15, 2017

On Photography

Photography for me is not looking, it’s feeling. If you can’t feel what you’re looking at, then you’re never going to get others to feel anything when they look at your pictures” – Don McCullin

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Jul 14, 2017

Love Rome

"Anywhere I go, there is always an incredible crowd that follows me. In Rome, as I land at the airport, even the men kiss me. I love Rome" - Muhammad Ali

Jul 13, 2017

Rome, city of visible history

"Rome - the city of visible history, where the past of a whole hemisphere seems moving in funeral procession with strange ancestral images and trophies gathered from afar" -  George Eliot

Jul 12, 2017

Jul 11, 2017

Leave Rome as Queen

I had come to Rome in chains, but I would leave Rome a queen” ― Stephanie Dray, Lily of the Nile

Jul 10, 2017

On Photography

You don't make a photograph just with a camera. You bring to the act of photography all the pictures you have seen, the books you have read, the music you have heard, the people you have loved” ― Ansel Adams

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Jul 9, 2017

Jul 8, 2017


Rome will exist as long as the Coliseum does; when the Coliseum falls, so will Rome; when Rome falls, so will the world” -Venerable Bede, Saint

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Jul 7, 2017

Rome is Rome

Italy has changed. But Rome is Rome” - Robert De Nero, American actor

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Jul 6, 2017

Finding the Trevi Fountain

"In Rome, I particularly love the history, churches, sculptures and architecture and the fact that you can walk along a tiny cobbled street and turn the corner to find the Trevi Fountain..." - Philip Treacy

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Jul 5, 2017

Rome is only for you

“When thou art at Rome, do as they do at Rome” - Miguel de Cervantes, Spanish writer

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Jul 4, 2017

Eat, Pray, Love... in Rome

There's a power struggle going on across Europe these days. A few cities are competing against each other to see who shall emerge as the great 21st century European metropolis. Will it be London? Paris? Berlin? Zurich? Maybe Brussels, center of the young union? They all strive to outdo one another culturally, architecturally, politically, fiscally. But Rome, it should be said, has not bothered to join the race for status. Rome doesn't compete. Rome just watches all the fussing and striving, completely unfazed. I am inspired by the regal self-assurance of this city, so grounded and rounded, so amused and monumental, knowing she is held securely in the palm of history. I would like to be like Rome when I am an old lady” ― Elizabeth Gilbert, Eat, Pray, Love

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Jul 3, 2017

Not free time

Days ago, I opened a personal Facebook page but I realized that I don't have much time to manage other platforms on internet - don't forget, you can find my photographs also on: InstagramFlickrPinterestTumblrGoogle+, YouTube and Facebook - so I've decided to close this personal Facebook page and will continue to use my personal Facebook profile. I believe better to use free time mainly to take pictures

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Jul 2, 2017


"I am a spiritual person in an eastern religion kind of way. I learned that happiness for all of us is a switch that you flick in your brain. It doesn't have anything to do with getting a new house, a new car, a new girlfriend, or a new pair of shoes. Our culture is very much about that; we are never happy with what we have today" ―  Tom Ford

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