Santo Stefano di Sessanio, one of the most beautiful villages in Italy, is a town of only 120 inhabitants in the province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region. It is also part of the Mountain Community Campo Imperatore-this plain and the National Park of Gran Sasso and Monti della Laga. It comes from Sextantio, a small Roman settlement located near the modern town, according to other dates back to the Roman village of S. Marco, the most important plateau Aquila. The first documented on the territory of Santo Stefano occur in 760, with the donation of the Lombard king Desiderius donated to the monastery of St. Vincenzo al Volturno.
In 1308 we have the first news of the existence of the fortified village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, part of the Barony of Carapelle Calvisio. In 1474, under the Aragonese, we are seeing a strong development of pastoralism and transhumance.
From 1579 to 1743 it is possession of the Medici family of Florence.
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lousat (81112) 2013-08-27 11:12
Ciao Silvio,schema classico che hai usato molte volte,cio' che si vede oltre l'arco non e' la Tour Eiffel ma anche questo e' mondo e lo hai colto ottimamente...eheheh...buona serata,Luciano
krzychu30 (15510) 2013-08-27 11:17
the arch provides here very nice natural frame of the scene.Looks like a very charming and picturesque town.Superb quality of the image makes we can enjoy all details and textures of these old walls.
Excellent composition my friend!
mesutilgim (88186) 2013-08-27 11:43
Perfect observed and captured.
Very good pov (a lecture how a perfect pov should be) and perfect execution.
A small but important detail is the so called "lockstone" which keeps the arch together. Here at the center decorated with a nice bird.
In antique times to stonesmiths bound a waxed rope araound it , put to the place and than burnt the rope. Slowly the triangel shaped stoned moved to its definitive place and hold the arch together.
TFS and have a nice evening
limielski (0) 2013-08-27 11:53
I feel a warm of the Sun. I like such small medieval town and villages. The are very picturesque like your shot. The gate makes a natural frame in your photo. Well done my friend!
SnapRJW (31625) 2013-08-27 12:31
Hello Silvio - I like the upward POV here and the way you have used the arch to frame the sunlit scene with al fresco diners. Front to back sharpness is really good with textures on the walls being beautifully managed. I had to smile when I noticed the texting man; initially has not seen him and suddenly out he popped .... super! Warm regards rosemary
carlo62 (37258) 2013-08-27 15:24
un grande classico in una delle tante varianti che si trovano nella nostra penisola e che tu contribuisci a rendere piacevolmente interessanti
fabbs99 (16813) 2013-08-27 23:13
Pretty shot with fantastic colors.Excellent composition with some lovely colors coupled with nice light management and presentation.Superb light management and clarity of the shot.TFS
dkmurphys (51478) 2013-08-28 0:47
Nice view through the old arcade. I like the small coffe shop from the square. Well seen, have a good day.
Nicou (127852) 2013-08-28 1:16
quel bel arche toujours très soignées ces iamge parfaite avec la vue au-travers quelle recherche de cadrage ce rendu sur la pierre mervielleuse vue.
Bravo et amitié
snunney (88383) 2013-08-28 4:32
A wonderful capture of this attractive and peaceful village square. The old stone archway makes a great frame for the tower whilst the partially lit cobbles make great pointers inwards. Ideally exposed with excellent colours and clarity.
macondo (18623) 2013-08-28 4:51
A very fine composition and excellent exposure. It's great to see the coutyard framed by the arch, and also the detail on the wall of the arch. Beautifully done. My only suggestion would be to upload a smaller high resolution photo which fits on a typical screen - this one has too many vertical pixels to fit into the screen.
Sergiom (65271) 2013-08-28 4:54
J'aime toujours autant ces constructions d'image qui utilisent une porte en arche pour servir de cadre à l'image. J'aime beaucoup la lumière sur la terrasse.
subhendu_bagchi (25973) 2013-08-28 8:01
namaste Silvio, a nice composition here. Love how you framed it with the arched door as a natural frame... Great depth achieved with f/11. Excellent clarity and very good light management. Superb shot. Tfs.
rychem (26798) 2013-08-28 9:41
Beautiful corner, you are a master on photos taken through gates and arches, you have a good eye for such beautiful places
PiotrF (10562) 2013-08-28 13:13
Nice urban view of Santo Stefano. View through beautiful arcade.Excellent colors, excellent presentation
adramad (39770) 2013-08-28 15:21
Sensational composition, framing the quaintness of the houses of the village inside the arc, is a charming image with a very authentic.
Ideal the pretty colorful.
Very good light and optimum clarity that recreates in detail.
Well done. I love it.
Have a good night.
nikkitta (16230) 2013-08-28 15:46
I am not very original if I said (it s true) I like the use of natural frames for a photo, as happens here and also the POV, a good one
Great sharpness so we can watch and enjoy the textures of stones at the FG and the scene at the bar at the back
jhm (142852) 2013-08-29 4:38
You use the arch excellent as frame.
I like the look through with the old building in background.
Again a wonderful picture technical perfect of quality
Sharpness and clarity be superb.
Excellent composition, nice presentation.
Very well done, TFS.
Cricri (110295) 2013-08-29 9:44
Ciao ami Silvio
Tout bon le cadrage de l'arche, le rendu des pierres et une vue très agréable sur ce patit coin sympat, une image entre l'ombre et la lumière, très bien réaliser
lgir (6989) 2013-08-30 7:59
quelle belle mise en valeur, sur cette porte, grâce à un grain et une bonne gestion de la lumière qui nous font découvrir toute sa texture.
ourania (35080) 2013-08-30 8:29
un' immagine bellissima, caratteristica del tuo lavoro e del luogo affascinante che ci presenti. Mi piace tantissimo la composizione, il grafismo, tessiture e fascino del arco con qui hai incorniciato la vista tranquila nel interiore del borgo. La luce ed i colori sono magnifici, i contrasti furono gestiti molto sapientemente. Molto intrigante anche l' effetto dell' ombra grafica interotta dalla vista deliziosa attraverso l' arco. Complimenti e grazie!
Tanti saluti e buona serata,
macjake (59970) 2013-09-07 3:31
I chose this photo because i really enjoy the lighting.
its soft and elegant, and seems to fit the overall scene so well.
I want to walk directly up and see whats going on.
a fine mood you've created
Miguel82 (26246) 2015-02-23 9:01
The buildings are like they were in the past in that region Silvio, good idea to include that well designed rocky arch in the fg, excellent resolution