Quintessential Italy by Paul Vanzella

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To me, this is quintessentially Italy – rolling hills, unified trees, brilliant light and hard edge graphic signs. If it wasn’t for this bold little blue sign, I’d be driving off onto the wrong side of the road everytime.

This image sums up Italy for me and whilst staying in a small country village I spyed this wonderful image with dark looming sky in the background, sun drenched light in the foreground, and a distant abode living quite contently in the rustle of its surrounding trees.

I was riding my auntie’s old school push-bike, with daughter in rear and cameras in a very girly basket in the front – who cares what I looked like, I got the shot!

(may even post the bike with me on it – not flattering)


grass, green, house, italy, signs, sky


  • kookylane
    kookylaneabout 7 years ago

    BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Love the small glowing flower there, the trees are so neatly placed in a row, the sign post is funny, what could possibly be down there…hmm..

  • Deborah Hally
    Deborah Hallyabout 7 years ago

    Fantastic shot. The colours and light are beautiful but somehow that sign just ‘makes it’.

  • Joe Mortelliti
    Joe Mortellitiabout 7 years ago

    What a great shot and that lighting is superb

  • Craig Shillington
    Craig Shillingtonabout 7 years ago

    Awwww It’s gorgeous and wow, you better post those bike shots mate .. .you opened up a can o’ worms there now ;)

  • bobdollar
    bobdollarabout 7 years ago

    ohh beautiful beautiful. i love the tones…. and the fact of bright green against such a grey sky!

  • Marta Tesoro
    Marta Tesoroabout 7 years ago

    Wow, this is reminds me of an image from a story book, almost fairy tale like …then you see the blue sign pointing down and it’s back to reality, almost. What on earth is it pointing too? Great image.

  • Karen Cougan
    Karen Couganabout 7 years ago

    great find, makes me want to go there too. Love it

  • SAlost
    SAlostabout 7 years ago

    Lovely shot. The blue sign against all the green….very nice.

  • L B
    L Babout 7 years ago

    This is a beautiful shot…. so rich and the blue sign is to die for. Would love to see the shot of you and Siena on the bike!… Please keep traveling and keep making these images I never want them to stop!!

    LOREDANA CRUPIabout 7 years ago

    Ooohh. Memories !! You are making me homesick!! Beautifully captured.

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