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Venetian Ristorante

Calm Venetian night. I enjoy walking in the streets at night. Venetian streets are absolutely magical at night when crowds of the tourists are gone. There are so many great places to explore here.

This city hasn’t been changed much in the past 500 years. This is unbelievable but true! It’s great to get lost in the streets of Venice at night.

Amazing Fact:

An average of 50,000 tourists per day visit the historic center of Venice.

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Bologna towers at night

It was primarily prestigious to have your own tower in medieval Bologna. The higher and bigger the tower was, the richer was its owner. What is it for and what to do with it, didn’t matter at all. In 12-13 centuries, Bologna had 80-100 towers, according to some sources. Now the city has less than 20 towers.

On this photo you can see two most famous towers in Bologna. The higher one is Azinelli (97 m), and the lower one is Garizenda (48 m). As you can see the two towers are inclined. They are supported by special cables strung around them from collapsing.

You can climb the top of the Azinelli – it is the best observation deck overlooking the city. Do not miss the chance to see whole Bologna from the top!

Amazing fact:

Bologna is the culinary capital of Italy.

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The Sicilian coast

I took this shot in the resort town of Taormina. It was a very hot day. The temperature was over 45 °C. To walk around and make photos was VERY hard. I wanted to give up and quickly go swimming in the sea. Due to the fact that the city is located high on the mountains you have to use cable car in order to get to the beach. If you carefully look at the picture you can find it. Taormina is located high in the mountains and it offers great views of the coastline and mount Etna. In addition, there are many historical attractions in this town, such as:  the ancient Greek theatre, the ancient churches, the ruins of the temples. If you’re looking for a truly stunning and very romantic place in Sicily this wonderland is your answer.

Amazing Fact:

Taormina has an ancient theatre which is one of the most celebrated ruins in Sicily. This theatre offers best views of the Mount Etna.

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Valley of the Temples

Valley of the Temples is all what left from the ancient city of Agrigento. It was a great and rich city. It was founded by the Greeks around 580 BC. Now only few ruined temples are left from Agrigento. And nothing else but memories… What seemed eternal and indestructible to the ancient people now it is almost disappeared. I think everything that seems now commonplace and eternal sooner or later will go into oblivion. And our future descendants will dig the ground and imagine how we lived – the people of the XXI century.

The photo shows one of the best preserved ancient temples – the temple of the Concordia – one of the best preserved Doric temples in the world. So the guides tell you. Although historians are not sure about this temple.

Amazing fact:

Much of ancient Agrakas still remains to be excavated! Many mysteries are still waiting to be discovered…

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Divine light

It was a gloomy and cloudy day. Walking around the city, we decided to climb the highest tower in Bologna. Bologna is a unique city that managed to maintain its antiquity. From the very top of the tower we saw a spectacular view. Unfortunately the clouds were so gloomy that I wasn’t even hoping to make a slightly interesting shot. But at the same time, I didn’t have another chance to do it as we were leaving Bologna the next day. And suddenly, a miracle happened – the clouds dispersed and the divine light came pouring down from the top. At such moments, I begin to believe in divine miracles!

Amazing fact:

Bologna  is home to the oldest university in the world, University of Bologna. It was founded in 1088.

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View of the Florence

We were walking all day around Florence, and by the end of the day by chance entered this observation point. The fact that this is the best point for taking photos of Florence was confirmed  by the presence of many photographers with tripods. And I was one of them! I was very lucky with the weather conditions – very cute little clouds completed the panoramic view of Florence. On this image you can see almost all the major attractions of Florence. I am very satisfied with this shot and consider it one of the best works of mine.

On this photo you can see:
– At the centre of the photo you can see the Duomo (Florence’s most famous Cathedral).
– Slightly to the left there is a tower of the castle Palazzo Vecchio.
– Along the left side of the river the very first bridge is Ponte Vecchio.

Amazing Fact:

Standard Italian language that the entire country uses to this day comes from the Florentine dialect.

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Quiet night in Rome. Ponte Sisto.

Everything is wrapped in history in Rome. For example, here is the bridge more than 530 years old. It was built in 1479, that is before America was discovered. Only think about this! And it is still in use. Imagine only how many people have passed on it at all times. And this bridge is still in a great shape!!!

Amazing Fact:

This bridge was built on the site of an old ruined Roman bridge Pons Aurelius. People are using same place to cross the river for about 2000 years!

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