You may already know that this website is about sharing our love of Italy. However since my Facebook page started many others have joined in by sharing their favorite Italian corners too. Emanuele Serraino is one such; a Roman who'll take you on a journey through his city that you'll never forget.
I'll let Emanuele explain in a moment. First though, if you do visit Rome click here to have a look at the three or four wonderful hotels we recommend. Okay, over to Emanuele...
"Since I discovered photography my city of Rome is a place I've seen with new eyes; it is almost two years that I go around the city discovering and loving her like never before.
I like to take long walks, alone with my tripod; just me and Rome and I think that’s the way to truly experience the city.
I never know in advance where I'll go, rather I explore her; looking for new eye-catching points of view constantly in search of light that gives the mood, guided by its endless opportunities.
Rome is made up of warm colors, Its color is absolutely the red, the red of the Roman bricks.
If you want to experience a spectacular view of the city, the time of day to explore is sunrise and sunset; I believe that in the hours in between the best thing to visit are the beautiful church interiors that there are in town; you can choose from more than nine hundred churches, from the Paleochristian and Medieval period to the Gothic, from the Renaissance to the Baroque up until the Modern.
At sunrise it is surreal to have the city all to yourself when everyone else is asleep; this is probably the best moment to admire her;
The colors fade gently from the blue of the night to pink just before the sun comes out, and finally to yellow when the sun rises.
This light is extremely soft and it's a real magic to see the
monuments awakening with the sun. Some such as the
Coliseum and the Roman Forum are against the sun and the backlight situation is absolutely the most exciting time to view them.
At sunset there is a different mood; the true colors of Rome come out in this moment. Buildings and monuments gain a dominant red hue, creating an atmosphere that takes your breath away.
This is the time to visit St. Peters Basilica from Ponte Sant'Angelo or from Ponte Umberto I ; the colors becomes warmer, then there is an explosion of shades of red and yellow, the Tiber reflects a fiery sky and the city lights that are starting to shine makes everything even more special; for me this is Roma in all its glory!
Through my images I show my vision of my Roma attempting to express all the emotions and experiences I felt at the time of shooting."
Thank you for letting me share them with you.
For more of Emanuele's photos please visit him on Facebook.