La Spezia Promenade - Door to Sion by paolo1955

La Spezia Promenade - Door to Sion by 

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Iso 200

Shutter Speed 1/250 sec

Focal Lenght 28mm

F-Stop f/11

Lens Sigma 28 – 70

Camera Nikon D300

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La Spezia – My Town


The city of La Spezia is known as the “door to Sion”, as at the end of the second World War, it became the point of departure for the survivors from the Nazi concentration camps. From the summer of 1945 to the spring of 1948 over 23,000 Jews managed to leave Italy clandestinely for Palestine. After lengthy tormented vicissitudes, the ships Fede, Fenice and Exodus managed to take away everyone from the Spezia gulf, to the point that on the Israeli geographical maps La Spezia is called «Schàar Zion», Door to Sion. La Spezia holds the Exodus Award devoted to inter-cultural exchange every year to commemorate this important event.

“The streets are wide and the houses tall and yellow…”. This was how Ernest Hemingway saw it, just a few words for an exceptional description: a city made up of large houses and wide streets where plastered facades irradiate sunny warmth.
And this is still the impression one gets visiting La Spezia, houses full of light facing onto the sea and it is exactly the size of the houses that gives one to understand the extraordinary development starting from the second half of the XIX Century, that is to say from when the great Naval Arsenal commissioned by the Savoy’s transformed the best part of its fate and aspect.

But La Spezia has in reality an ancient history. Capital of the short-lived Niccolò Fieschi seigniory in the period between 1256 and 1273, inevitably linked with the Genoese vicissitudes until the fall of the Republic of Liguria, it grew and changed to develop following the lines of the Ligurian capital.
In fact this Ligurian influence is still visible in the urban layout as well as in the types of buildings and decorations. It can be seen by going along the carrugio, the narrow street dividing the Old Town into two, called via del Prione taking its name from pietrone or large stone, in local dialect in fact prione, from where public announcements were read. Going up from the sea you will see partly hidden but evident traces of past history: engraved stones, capitals and portals in 14th century sandstone, double lancet windows vaguely reminiscent of the future renaissance style, mannerism and baroque pediments and decorations similar to those adorning the portals of the palaces once belonging to the Doria family and the Princes of Massa.

Hi buddies.I’m Paolo from Italy,love to take photographs and experiment new techniques.When I play with my camera I’m like a kid in a candy shop

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  • Barbara  Brown
    Barbara Brownabout 4 years ago

    Lovely Paolo. I went through La Spezia but did not get to stop there. I did spend a little time in the town on the point there and am trying to remember it’s name. It is such a beautiful area. Thanks for such a great lesson on the history.

  • Thanks so very much, so happy you like this, comments like yours make it all worth while!

    – paolo1955

  • trish725
    trish725about 4 years ago

  • Thanks ever so much for the feature Much appreciated, I am truly honored

    – paolo1955

  • vaggypar
    vaggyparabout 4 years ago

    Great Work .!!

  • I truly appreciate your most kind comments here.

    – paolo1955

  • Odille Esmonde-Morgan
    Odille Esmonde...about 4 years ago

    Beautiful shot, the lines, reflections and ripples all work very well. And most interesting history of the area, I love that stuff, makes it much more than just a photo to me.

  • Thank-you.For dropping by & taking a look at my captures. Much appreciated!

    – paolo1955

  • trobe
    trobeabout 4 years ago

    As ever, beautiful work, Paolo – I love the splashes of colour and the reflections of the small boats.

  • Thank you so much for your much appreciated comment.

    – paolo1955

  • Sandra Moore
    Sandra Mooreabout 4 years ago

    gorgeous, lovely!

  • I appreciate your visit And your kind comments

    – paolo1955

  • Keith Reesor
    Keith Reesorabout 4 years ago

    Magnificent capture Paolo!! Fabulous colors and reflections!! :)

  • Thank you so much,Keith.

    – paolo1955

  • Lucinda Walter
    Lucinda Walterabout 4 years ago

    Congratulations! Excellent capture. Stunning!

  • Thank-you.For dropping by & taking a look at my captures. Much appreciated!

    – paolo1955

  • Evita
    Evitaabout 4 years ago

    Beautiful work!!! Congratulations on your feature April 5th, 2011

  • Thanks ever so much for the feature Much appreciated, I am truly honored

    – paolo1955

  • Rosehaven
    Rosehavenabout 4 years ago

    Click the banner for your PERMANENT FEATURE PAGE !

  • Thanks ever so much for the feature Much appreciated, I am truly honored

    – paolo1955

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