Michele Belloni
Photographer

Tuscany

Travel

“In America, one must be something, but in Italy one can simply be.”
– Pietros Maneos –

Tuscany (Italy, Europe). Perhaps the most popular destination for travelers, rich in nature, breathtaking landscapes, excellent wine and maybe he highest quality food in the world.

The land of Leonardo da Vinci, cradle of the Italian culture, it still shows as an archetype of tranquility where time seems to stand still.

Very close and well connected to the Italian capital, Rome, Florence allows endless architectural cues for those who love this kind of photography while from the point of view of a street photographer you can encounter some obstacle in overtaking a number of clichés, having to dig and search for the unexpected, the unusual and humorist subject.

Among food, wine, crowds of tourists and famous places sometimes overly inflated I was almost forgetting my photo purpose.

Quickly rolled up my sleeves and set myself on a very low profile, I started looking for moments, expressions and particular poses.

The trick when you know too well a place, is to strive to observe longer, more intensely, the environment in order to find the unexpected and the “different“.

Further south of Florence is the richest part of Tuscan for flavors, smells and typicality exported abroad: the Val D’Orcia.

Val d’Orcia is a large valley located in Tuscany, in the province of Siena, to the north and east of Mount Amiata and close to the border with Umbria region. Crossed by the river Orcia to the center, which gives it its name, it is characterized by pleasant landscapes and various medieval centers, two of which are very well known as Pienza and Montalcino.

It is an exceptional example of how the natural landscape has been redesigned during the Renaissance period to reflect the ideals of good governance and to create an aesthetically pleasing image; it was in fact celebrated by Renaissance painters in which people are depicted living in harmony with nature, profoundly influencing the way of thinking about the landscape in future years.

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