Why Italy?

Doug Porter's photos and tales of Italy are the next best thing to being in Italy. Scroll down to begin the journey and please click like if you've enjoyed them!

Sicily

I first travelled to Sicily in 2006 and an immediate love affair was hatched. So much about Sicily captures my passion - the antiquity, the food, the people, the sense of family, the love of life - I could go on and on. 

The many thousands of photos I have taken reflect Italy as I visualise it (tra i miei occhi), not as a literal recording of a scene but a more romantic look .The photos I take are my ‘sketches’ on which I build the scene that I envisage, be it by replicating antique frescoes, monochromatic images or by enhancing the beauty.

Sicily is very special to me as it was my first encounter with this amazing land and represents the way Italy was many years ago.  The diversity of the culture is shown in the architecture and the food throughout, the Sicilians warm and welcoming.

Hilltop villages such as Erice, Enna and Savoca, in many ways, remain suspended in time - these villages offer many beautiful photographic opportunities.

Wandering in the back streets I sometimes find myself overwhelmed by the textures and antiquity of the old buildings - faded paintwork on doors and windows, cracked and eroded stonework, rusted iron work – it is these textures, colours and the light that compel me to take photos.


Caltagirone SicilyCaltagirone
Cefalu SicilyCefalu
Duomo CefaluDuomo - Cefalu
Sicilian CountrysideSicilian Countryside
Sunset GioiosaGioiosa Sicily
Cefalu SicilySavoca
TaorminaTaormina

Of course there are many other wonderful sights to be found in places such as Ortigia, Cefalu, Monreale - the temples, Roman and Greek Theatres in Segesta, Agrigento and Selenunte - the list goes on. 

Not to be forgotten though is the natural beauty of the coastal regions around Sicily - stunningly beautiful with crystal clear waters.

Still in the South of Italy my travels have taken me through the stunning cliffside town of Tropea - a photographers paradise and The Amalfi Coast  which is an absolute must see!

The Ligurian coast offers up such photographic gems as the Cinque Terre - with the iconic five lands of Riomaggiore, Manarola, Corniglia, Vernazza and Monterosso. You have to walk the entire length of the Cinque Terre  to really appreciate the beauty and unique nature of this World Heritage site.

The major cities are different but special again, all with their own unique character.

Calabria

Gioiosa Ionica CalabriaGioiosa Ionica
TropeaTropea

Amalfi

For more on Amalfi click here.

Amalfi Coast

Venice

Venice Bridge and Canals
St Marks venice
Secret Canals in Venice
Venice Grand Canal


Venice - Amazingly unique, to truly experience Venice you need to get away from the tourist areas and wander through the myriad of tiny streets, criss crossing canals on ancient bridges - photographic opportunities at every corner.

Florence

Ponte Vecchio Florence

Florence - a wonderous city of beauty, sophistication and art - and a magic that is hard to put into words but will keep you coming back.


Rome

Rome Sunset

Rome ' la citta eterna ' - agonisingly chaotic at times but with some of the most wonderful sites you will ever behold from the Trevi Fountain, Colosseum, Pantheon, the grand Piazzas to the awe inspiring St Peters Basillica.  As I look back over my final images I find that I get an overwhelming sense of  place, recalling memories of time spent, of meals, wine and laughter shared.


Colosseum Rome

 My aim is to share these images with others as art prints in the hope that for them also it will conjure up memories of wonderful places, people and the dolce vita of Italy.

The ‘Fresco’ and ‘An Era’ series can currently be viewed at http://www.frescoimages.com. The website will shortly be updated with the newer imagery however examples can be viewed on Facebook ‘Fresco Images’.  For more information regarding purchase or information about the images please contact doug@frescoimages.com

For more of Dougs photos click here.

  1. Home
  2. The Italian Gallery
  3. Why Visit Italy

You might like these

  • Tellaro - One of Italy's Best Kept Secrets

    Everyone knows the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast but there is somewhere just as lovely with hardly any tourists? It's Tellaro!

  • Italy Travel Books

    I lived in Italy for ten years and these Italy travel books truly tell it like it is. A few great coffee table books too full of evocative photos of this beautiful country.

  • The Perfect Italian Itinerary

    Planning a trip to Italy? Then you really need to read our Italian itinerary before you book a single thing.

Please Book with Us...

Like us? Why not support me and Maria.

All you need do is book via the search box below, or any of the hotel links elsewhere on the website. It can be for travel to Italy... or anywhere else on earth.

You'll get the best deal available and the income we receive helps us to:

  • Stay independent and to keep bringing you the best of Italy.
  • Never have to accept money from hotels directly - meaning that we can share only those we genuinely love.

New! Comments

Have your say about what you just read! Leave me a comment in the box below.

Recent Articles

  1. About Beautiful Matera

    Nov 17, 19 07:50 AM

    Read More

  2. The Italian Panettone Recipe - An Essential Part of Christmas in Italy

    Nov 04, 19 06:35 AM

    Maria's traditional Italian Panettone recipe. The most famous Italian Christmas cake of them all. Bake yourself a taste of Italy this Christmas.

    Read More

  3. Noale in Veneto, visiting a small town

    Oct 29, 19 03:47 AM

    Last fall two friends and I traveled in Italy. It was a girls’ trip. One that promised to be full of fun and some new adventures. We were not disappointed.

    Read More

  4. Tellaro - One of Italy's Best Kept Secrets

    Oct 24, 19 06:01 AM

    Everyone knows the Cinque Terre and the Amalfi Coast but there is somewhere just as lovely with hardly any tourists? It's Tellaro!

    Read More

  5. Handmade Exclusive Gentlemen Dress Shoes

    Oct 20, 19 12:29 PM

    Looking for the world's finest gentle man dress shoes and handmade boots? Look no further than our site. Each pair of shoes is handmade to order in Italy by the finest of Italian craftsmen.

    Read More

  6. The Best Books On Piedmont

    Oct 20, 19 12:25 PM

    These books on Piedmont Italy are essential reading for anyone interested in this lovely Italian Region.

    Read More