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High above the millenary marble quarries of Massa and Carrara (Tuscany, Italy), lies Campo Cecina, an undulating pasture perched among the steep cliffs of the Alpi Apuane. At 1300m and few kilometers from the Mediterranean, it’s possibile to enjoy a birds-eye-view of the flat coast shore of the Versilia and the Gulf of La Spezia, with the islands of Tino and Tinetto, Portovenere and the terraced hills of the Cinque Terre. So clear was the evening that it was also possible to see the Maritime Alps and the unique shape of the Monviso (soon in a coming post). These marble quarries had been exploited by the Romans to build the magnificent buildings of Rome and are still in use today. Lorries climb up the tracks carved in the slopes and at times a detonation goes off, another chunk separated from the mountain.

Marble Caves at Twilight

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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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Climbing the Passo della Consuma in the early morning of a fall, some years ago, I was delighted by the view over the Val d’Arno. The mist still clinged to the shallow depressions and the castles and farms on top of the hills emerged like vessels in a wavy ocean. Arezzo was barely visible in the distance, where the Val d’Arno spreads into flatter grounds. The rising slopes in the background delimits the Tuscan border of the great forest of the National Park of the Foreste Casentinesi and Monte Falterona.

Tuscany Hills in Early Morning

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Palazzo Pubblico with its tower (Torre del Mangia), from one of the most famous square in the world, Piazza del Campo in Siena, Tuscany.

Siena

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Autumn some years ago in the Parco Nazionale delle Foreste Casentinesi e Monte Falterona, along the border between Tuscany and Emilia-Romagna, Italy. The trees were all ablaze with the fall colours, but then the clouds were on fire too, lit by the setting sun.

Forest Sunset

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