The ancient wine cellars of Tuscany – Part I

If I say “Tuscany”, the first thing that comes to mind will be probably the image of a lonely covey of cypresses in a land of wavy hills, or the image of a farmhouse on a hilltop, in a bright and misty morning. Well, in this article (as in the next one) I’ll not show you the same old postcards of Tuscany, but I’m going to bring you inside the most “sacred” places of the millennial italian art of winemaking: the ancient wine cellars.

During my travel through the wonderful Tuscany, I’ve focused my attention (and my camera too) on the region of Val d’Orcia which, in my opinion, is far more amazing than the popular Chianti, both by the landscaping point of view and because it has some unique places that are particularly fascinating, by a winemaking standpoint. The entire area in the nearby of the ancient town of Montalcino is a concentrate of history and traditions. There I’ve found an example of a young winemaking company that have embraced the ancient tradition: Solaria farm.

The rise and fall of the abbey of San Galgano

When you think about the artistic treasures in Italy, one of the first things that come to mind are the churches and the infinite, inestimable wonders they protect. In this article I’ll show you an abbey, but a unique one, that has some special peculiarities: the abbey of San Galgano.

 

In the heart of Tuscany, at a certain distance from the most touristic and photographed places, there is a valley between the towns of Chiusdino and Monticiano where a majestic construction stands from many centuries.

The misty forest of Mount Amiata

If you travel in Italy by car, you have to keep in mind one important thing: avoid the motorways/tollways. Just by taking a country road, Sara and I found ourselves in the fairytale forest of Mount Amiata.

 

Italy is a country so much rich of natural and artistic hidden gems that rushing through a motorway to reach the destination will preclude you from discovering the majority of them. So, during our outward journey to southern Tuscany, we took the slower and longer route that led us through Mount Amiata, in which I’ve found the perfect conditions for taking some nice shots.

Yabusame, the japanese horse mounted archery

Japan is a country with a strong cultural and historical identity. Some of the ways japanese keep their traditions alive is with “matsuri” (festivals), ceremonies and by organizing special competitions. Amongst them there is the Yabusame.

Yabusame is the japanese traditional mounted archery: it’s a ceremony in which archers shoot three arrows at three different wooden targets, while standing on a galloping horse. It’s a difficult competition that requires a great balance, concentration and years of practice.

Featured in Dodho Magazine, online photography magazine

I’m happy to announce that I’ve been featured in Dodho Magazine. The last month Màximo Panés, the founder and director of Dodho.com, sent me an email in which he expressed his interest in my works and asked me if it was ok to publish my profile on the magazine.

Darwin enlightenment

In this second post of the category “Behind the shot”, I want to describe what led me to shoot the photo “Darwin enlightenment”. In Semptember 2011 I spent some days in London and, in the short time I had available, I tried to view as many things as possibile. In my “Classic tourist” trip I’ve included the Natural History Museum, in Kensington.

The last guardian of Moni Arkadi

In this article I want to comment one of the photos of the gallery and tell the story behind it. It’s “Arkadi Monastery” or “Moni Arkadi”.

The picture was shot in July 2008, during a trip in the beautiful Greece and it depicts a view of the 16th century’s church, “guarded” by an old woman, surely a widow (judging from the black dress) who bring with her the signs of a long and hard life: the amputated arm make me think about a tragic event. I wanted to take that woman as an icon of the fatal events that took place in this monastery/fortress during the second half of 1800: a sort of last guardian of Cretan resistance.

Welcome to the new phoclab.com

Welcome to the new phoclab.com!

At a year and a half since the birth of the site, I decided to start a radical transformation process, both in its aesthetic and in its functional characteristics. The old version was too static and it was affected by some little interface problems. In this upgrade I tried to give to the site a more modern and captivating look, to make it more dynamic and to turn it also in a mean of personal experiences sharing, through the “photoblog” section.

phoclab by Claudio Beffa © 2012-2019 All rights reserved - Privacy & Cookie Policy