slide show – Winter Sea

Here I am again.

This new post is about a famous city near Lucca: Viareggio.

[from Wikipedia] Viareggio (which means “way of the kings”) is a city located in northern Tuscany, on the coast of the Tyrrhenian Sea. With a population of over 63,000 it is the main centre of the norther Tuscan Riviera known as Versilia, and the second largest city within the Province of Lucca.

It is known as a seaside resort as well as being the home of the famous carnival of Viareggio (dating back to 1873), and its papier-mâché floats, which (since 1925), parade along the promenade known as “Passeggiata a mare”, in the weeks preceding Easter.

On summer Viareggio is a crowded, noisy and chaotic place: so this march I decided to take pictures in a windy and cold day.

Below there’re two pictures: a b&w audio slide show will start by clicking the first one, otherwise a full colour audio by clicking the second one (I like the colour option)

B&W viareggio_winter_blog.jpg Colour viareggio_winter_blog_1.jpg

slide show – Lucca, something different (Italy) – part II

Here’s the second part of my “different point of view” about Lucca, where I live (the first part is here)

This time I made a small slide show with narration, I’m evolving (IMHO, at least!).

A big thank to Francesca Gasperini for collecting “audio poems” in her web site: there I borrowed a nice poem by Giovanni Pascoli, “il Gelsomino Notturno” (“the Night Jasmin”).

Please click on the image below to start a small slide show with audio.


short story – Rodeo (Pole Bending)

You must believe me!

About one month ago there was a rodeo show in Mutigliano, a very small place very close to Lucca: horses, cowboys, mud and sweat.

It was a pole bending rodeo (see at bottom to understand what I mean) in an equestrian center: cowboys and cowgirls challenged each other riding horses trying to bend all the poles as fast as they could.

I decided to try to follow the neat movements of the horse while its rider leads the gallop through the poles.

I invited a very famous “cowboy” for the sound track of my slide show, John Wayne!

So click below to enjoy (I hope) my audio slide show.


(from Pole bending is a timed event seen at gaming shows, college and high school rodeo, and various local equestrian events.

A rider and horse run past a timer line to the end of a line of six poles, then turn the end pole and weave down through the pattern, again turn at the last pole and weave back up, then run back home across the timer line. The fastest time will win.

The horse has to not only have speed, but also the agility to switch leads between every pole at a full out gallop.

The pole pattern consists of plastic poles that are set 21 feet apart and the timer line 21 feet from the first pole. The poles are 6 feet high and the base is no more than 14 feet in diameter. If a pole is knocked over, a 5-second penalty is assessed. Fast pole bending times are run in 20-21 seconds.

short story – Painting by night in Lerici (Italy)

This summer I spent some time trying to understand how to shoot pictures of artists.

I met a very willing young painter, Valentina Mencatelli, who made my try very easy and warm.

Maybe because she’s a psycologist and she worked with drug addicts.

I decided to take pictures of gestures of painting, without the painter: you’ll never see her face… do I need a psycologist?

So, click the image below to start the slide show.

Ah, do you know how much she sold her painting? €900!


short stories – Lucca Comics and Games (cosplay, anime, manga)


Lucca is known throughout the world as a city of Art, History and Culture.

Since 1966, however, Lucca has also been the undisputed City of Comics, and year after year has hosted an event dedicated to strip cartoons that is acknowledged to be the most important and exciting of its kind in Italy.

Every year, at the beginning of november, Lucca becomes one of the world’s capitals of comics, thanks to the enthusiasm and skill of international experts, publishers, authors, critics and fans.

Ok, let’s stop this introduction and let my pictures show some “tastes” from the exhibition.

First I’d like to show pictures about strange people called “cosplayers”, alias “costume players”. This habit comes from a Japanese subculture centered on dressing as characters from manga, anime, and video games. However “cosplay” has been expanded to mean simply wearing a costume [from Wikipedia].

I saw a lot of them wandering in the historical center of Lucca, with strange costumes: I wasn’t able to identify any cosplayers I shoot.

So, I need help from you: tell me who they are! Click on the image below to start a short slide show about them (in IMHO these pictures are fair, not a masterpiece anyway).


Then I run through the Japanese shed: it was the exhibition of toys, gadgets, posters, characters (anime and manga) straight from japanese shops or italian importers from Japan. There was also a small desk with some Japanese girls serving sushi, beer and food from Japan: here is a small slide show about them.


slide show – Lucca, something different (Italy)

First post on november!

Maybe you know I live in Lucca, a pleasant town in northwestern Tuscany, between the sea and Florence.

To listen to an audio trip in Lucca, please click here (sorry, in italian only). For a video version click here (sorry, again in italian only)

I think a lot of people are used to take pictures of Lucca when visiting Tuscany (along with Florence and Siena).

So I decided to post some slightly different pictures (IMHO, at least!).

Please click on the image below to start a small slide show (and here to look at the second part)