In the fall of 2015, my then girlfriend (now wife) and I took a trip to Italy - specifically, Florence, Rome, Venice, and Siena. As much as I like taking pictures of my hometown after dark, it was absolutely thrilling to get some amazing shots abroad.
On our last night in Firenze (Florence) we walked up to the Piazzale Michelangelo to grab a few night shots of the downtown sites. The Duomo's size cannot be understated - the fact that it has approximately another 5 stories of structure beneath from what is seen here, is truly amazing.
Venice went to bed early which made for great evening photos of empty of tourists (such as myself!) but yet many streets remained fully lit!
Duomo di Siena
Siena was/is an absolutely magical town - the architecture inside the city's walls has not been updated for centuries. Its sinuous and hilly cobblestone roads still echo with its former greatness. Can't wait to head back in 2019!
San Giovanni Maggiore
Admittedly, San Giovanni Maggiore was never on the radar as a photo opportunity - true to say, I didn't even know anything about the small island residing a short distance away from the San Marco area of Venice. After dinner one evening I went out to grab pics of San Marco. As it turns out, a light fog rolled into the city that evening. As I was exploring the neighborhoods around our hotel (you never want to venture to far at night in Venice as the streets become quite confusing!), I came across San Gio. After several attempts at shots without a Vaporetto (aka, water taxi) in the frame, this was a result. While I had taken about 2000 shots during the two weeks in Italy, this remains one of my top-five favorite photos ever taken, anywhere, period!
Translated as the "Old Bridge", one look at it and one can think only the opposite. This long exposure taken from a neighboring bridge remains a favorite of my wife's and my journey to Italy in the fall of 2015.
Notte Colosseo - Da Lantano
The iconic status of the Colosseum is undisputed. The vast quantities and masses of humanity that flock to this landmark is unprecedented. Even as our experience took place in the "slow" season, hoards were still present to see its insides. In all its majesty, the most surprising thing is, it's actually smaller than its reputation might suggest, but no less impressive.
As many others, taking photos after dark is quite satisfying. The Italians do a great job keeping these historical landmarks constantly illuminated - more for deterring vandals and vagrants than photographers, I'm sure! The scaffolding reaches around about 1/4 of the structure as it appears substantial restoration is in the works.
As it turns out, Halloween is also celebrated in Rome as was the case on this lovely evening!
Basilica Cateriniana San Domenico
For the last few days of our Italy trip, my wife stayed in the Tuscan town of Siena, at the Il Battistero, a residence owned by the same family going back centuries. The 30-something son, Giovanni, provided us with recommendations for the best local restaurants (where they don't speak English) and gelato offerings - both tasty beyond compare. Giovanni also provided us with an amazing scenic path through Siena that included unique views of this Basilica. Our first pass was during the afternoon but I had to return after dark to grab this one. Thanks Giovanni! Hope we can connect again in 2019!
Completely drawn to this scene with a single source of light; it was really too much pass on. This unexpected discovery lead to one of my very favorite shots of the trip. As it turns out, this scene was a set on the 1955 classic Katherine Hepburn movie Summertime. Enjoy!
During out last evening in Venice, I headed out to grab some shots of the city. The city was fairly difficult to navigate during the day. After dark, most didn't want to even try to get around so the streets were largely empty, which made for great evening photos!
Another random shot of a Venice "street" in the evening. Venice is tough enough to navigate by day and people, tourists, just don't even try by day which leads to empty streets after dark - perfect for my type of photo opps!
San Giovanni Maggiore
An alternate shot of San Gio in Venice. The light fog that rolled in that evening just provided some amazing shots of this picturesque church!