I’ve been to Vatican two times. These pictures were taken a few years ago. I liked that visit more than first for a simple reason: fewer people! It was raining all day long, at times cats and dogs, so it eliminated a big percent of the wanderers from Saint Peter’s Square and from the Vatican museums as well. I was soaking wet constantly covering my camera and lenses from getting extra moisture on them, sometimes not able to take any pictures, but I couldn’t close my eyes on the beauty and richness around me.
Oh yes, I did visit the most famous historical and architectural sites of Rome and I did enjoy embracing the idea that I am now closer to the human history as well as all those millions of tourists in Rome. However I was looking for something else, so something extra, for something special-only for me. I was searching for the elements what connect me to the city, and I think I succeed in it finding those things that might be insignificant for others but really important for me: I noticed the textures of the ancient walls and stone roads, I followed the Roman skylines, I loved the juxtapositions of ancient elements and modern life invasions. That what makes me “dig” the places I travel to.
I love the idea of harmonies integration of new architectural elements into the old buildings. Obviously, it might be difficult to adjust your eye, educate your taste, and admit that in the modern world we just need to make such additions and changes to accommodate our needs. I find such examples as the glass pyramid by Louvre in Paris, and these elements of modern architecture in historical Milan very provocative and exciting. They make me look at the traditional classical architecture differently finding a new old beauty in them.
I even don’t know with what to start… everything in this Italian city is a treasure: architecture itself with all those details you don’t want to miss, street lights, museums, shops, restaurants, and people- Florentini and tourists.
I forgot to mention gelato. I don’t have a picture of gelato- it was way too yummy to wait another second and photograph it. I ate it right away.
Milan Cathedral is an amazing example of Italian architecture. This great Gothic example took almost 6 century to complete. More than 80 architects and lead engineers invested their talent into this creation. Nowadays, it requires constant maintenance and restoration. Do you know that you can adopt one of its 135 gargoyles to contribute to the restoration fund?
We all love this place, we all want to visit it, to listen to the music, feed the pigeons, enjoy the views, and of cause take ton of pictures. Now days, it’s almost impossible to get a good shot there without having the crowd on background obstructing the objects of your interest. Most of the time, I try to get up early and have a photowalk in the still sleepy city. Some shots were done from the windows of Museo Correr too.
Don’t you think that Italy is always warm and sunny during summer. I happened to be in Venice on rainy days. Sun came out a couple of times letting know that it’s a gift, and we should appreciate its appearance with more respect. ( I do, I do) I need to admit that I love to do photography on the days with less sun. The images come out much cleaner with less contrast, colors are brighter and have more nuances.