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Monte Fasce dominates eastern Genoa, Liguria, Italy. Its flanks descend steeply towards the Mediterranean. On a clear day, like this, one can see the peaks of the Maritime Alps, near the border with France. The setting sun painted the sky orange and I felt suspended above land and sea.

Alps, Appennines, Mediterranean Sunset

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It was an incredibly clear day. The wind sweeping the sea and the mountains in Liguria, Italy. From the Monte Fasce, which dominates Genoa, it was possibile to distinguish the sharp peak of the Maritime Alps, the French coast and the island of Corse. As soon as the sun disappeared behind the distant mountains, the sky started to reveal these delicate hues, which then reflected upon the Mediterranean surface.

Mediterranean Sunset

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I found this family of mushrooms while walking in the Birch Forest of the Lame, in the Parco Naturale dell’Aveto, Liguria, Italy. I was attracted by the striking red color and the geometrical arrangement of these highly poisonous mushrooms (ideal as a condiment when you invite your mother-in-law), growing on a thick carpet of leaves.
Amanite Muscaria Family

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A rainbow in Parma, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, after a thunderstorm.

Parma Rainbow

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I was camping at the Prati del Tavola, in the Appennines near Passo della Cisa. This pass is an important gateway between Liguria, Toscana and Emilia, connecting the port city of La Spezia with the industrial (and culinary) Parma. In this area the Appennines rise suddenly high from the valley floor, reaching 1800m circa with the summit of the Monte Marmagna. These splendind mountains shows evident signs of recently disappeared glaciers and are part of the Parco Nazionale Appennino Tosco-Emiliano. This photo was shot just before dawn.

Sunrise Appennines

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Monte Antola is one of the highest mountains in the Genoa province, Liguria, Italy. There are many ways to reach the top, but if you follow any of the the two very scenic ridges you’ll be delighted by splendid views over the range of the Ligurian Appennines. This photo is taken at sunset along the ridge that starts from Casa del Romano, north of the summit. The walk alternates between open pastures and intimate birch forests, before reaching the grassy and stony summit.
The other ridge, much longer, starts from Crocefieschi and traverses Monte Buio along the way.
Monte Antola and its lower neighbours are part of the Monte Antola Natural Regional Park.

Monte Antola ridge at sunset

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The “Valle dei Templi” in Agrigento is truly an incredible place to visit. Do not expext to find this wonderful glass egg, though.

Sphere Agrigento

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