Genoa – Piazza De Ferrari
Genoa ( Italian: Genova) is the capital of Liguria and the sixth largest city in Italy, with a population of 604,848 within its administrative limits on a land area of 243.6 km2 (94 sq mi). The urban zone of Genoa extends beyond the administrative city limits with a population of 718,896. The urban area of Genoa has a population of 800,709 In the metropolitan area live over 1.5 million people. Genoa is one of Europe's largest cities on the Mediterranean Sea and the largest seaport in Italy.
Genoa has been nicknamed la Superba ("the Superb one") due to its glorious past and impressive landmarks. Part of the old town of Genoa was inscribed on the World Heritage List (UNESCO) in 2006 (see below). The city's rich art, music, gastronomy, architecture and history allowed it to become the 2004 European Capital of Culture. It is the birthplace of Christopher Columbus.
Genoa, which forms the southern corner of the Milan-Turin-Genoa industrial triangle of north-west Italy, is one of the country’s major economic centres. The city has hosted massive shipyards and steelworks since the 19th century, and its solid financial sector dates back to the Middle Ages. The Bank of Saint George, founded in 1407, is among the oldest in the world and plays an important role in the city’s prosperity since the middle of the 15th century.
Genoa's historic centre is articulated in a maze of squares and narrow caruggi (typical genoese alleys). It joins a medieval dimension with following 16th-century and Baroque interventions (San Matteo square and the ancient via Aurea, now via Garibaldi).
Remains of the ancient 17th-century walls are still visible nearby San Lorenzo cathedral, the most attended place of worship of Genoa.
The symbols of the city are the Lanterna (the lighthouse) (117 m high), old and standing lighthouse visible in the distance from the sea (beyond 30 km), and the monumental fountain of Piazza De Ferrari, recently restored, out-and-out core of the city's life.
Another tourist destination is the ancient seaside district of Boccadasse, with its multicolour boats, set as a seal to Corso Italia, the promenade which runs along the Lido d'Albaro, and known for its ice-creams.
Just out of the city centre, but still part of the 33 kilometres of coast included in the municipality's territory, are Nervi, natural doorway to the Ligurian East Riviera, and Pegli, the point of access to the West Riviera.
The new Genoa based its rebirth upon the restoration of the green areas of the immediate inland parts (among them the Regional Natural Park of Beigua) and upon the realization of facilities such as the Aqurium in the Old Harbour - the biggest in Italy and one of the major in Europe - and its Marina (the tourist small port which holds hundreds of pleasure boats). All of this inside the restored Expo Area, arranged in occasion of the Columbian Celebrations of 1992.
The regained pride gave back to the city the consciousness of being capable of looking to the future without forgetting its past. The resumption of several flourishing hand-crafting activities, far-back absent from the caruggi of the old town, is a direct evidence of it.
The restoration of many of Genoa's churches and palaces in the 80's and the 90's contributed to the city's rebirth. A notable example the Renaissance Basilica of Santa Maria Assunta, sitting on the top of the hill of Carignano and visible from almost every part of the city.
The total restoration of Doge's Palace - once venue of dogi and senators and nowadays location of cultural events - and of the Old Harbour and the rebuilding of Teatro Carlo Felice, destroyed by the Second World War bombings that only spared the neoclassic pronao of the architect Carlo Barabino, were two more points of strength for the realization of a new Genoa.
Another monument of relevant importance that has been restored to its former beauty is the monumental Cemetery of Staglieno, in which the mortal remains of several known personalities rest, among them Giuseppe Mazzini, Fabrizio De André and Oscar Wilde's wife. With its characteristic skyline that still today gives the impression of an insurmountable fortress, it is distinguished by its thick network of hill fortifications on wide walls, that in the past war times mede the cemetery impregnable both for the ground and sea attacks. Genoa could not renounce, especially as from the 1960s, to a great renewal, which as happened in several other metropolis, should necessarily get through the realization of big council houses' complexes, whose quality, utility and functionality has been and still is constroversial for those residents living there. Concerning this, the most known cases are those of the so-called "biscione", a development in the shape of a long snake, situated on the hills of the populous district of Marassi, and the one of the group of houses known as "Le Lavatrici" (the washing machines), in the district of Prà.
In 1992, in occasion of the Columbian Celebrations ("Colombiadi"). The waterfront was completely restored and symbolized by the stylized "Great Bigo" (a sort of trademark of the genoese portual activity).
Beyond a complete restyling of the area, the ancient port zone nearby the Mandraccio opening, in Porta Siberia, was enriched by Genoese architect Renzo Piano with a large sphere made of metal and glass, installed in the port's waters, not far from the Aquarium, and unveiled in 2001 in occasion of the G8 Summit held in Genoa. The sphere (called by the citizens "Piano's bubble" or "The Ball"), after hosting an exposition of fens from Genoa's Botanical Gardens, currently houses the reconstruciton of a tropical environment, with several plants, little animals and butterflies. Piano also designed the subway stations and, in the hills area, the construction - in collaboration with UNESCO - of Punta Nave, base of the Renzo Piano Building Workshop.
Nearby the Old Harbour is the so-called "Matitone", a skyscraper in shape of a pencil, that lays side by side with the group of the WTC towers, core of the San Benigno development, today base of part of the Municipality's administration and of several companies.
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dino94 (822) 2013-07-11 5:36
This is a sumptuous black and white that you show us there.
Beautiful mastery of the exposure that gives the impression of using a red filter to darken the sky, as in the days of film.
I regret a little, you could not put the fountain in full, in the frame.
SnapRJW (31629) 2013-07-11 5:54
Hello Romano - This is lovely; a perfect title for a beautiful B&W image. From the wonderfully captured fountain in the FG to the classic architecture behind it, the shot is crisp and so attractively managed. My only suggestion would to have allowed a little more of the dark sky to be seen at the top of the frame as I think it looks a little cramped up there. Very nice work. Warm regards Rosemary
subhendu_bagchi (26089) 2013-07-11 7:24
wow, that's the beauty of monochrome. Love the composition and depth of it. Like the contrast. Tfs.
timecapturer (49288) 2013-07-11 7:27
a stunner this! Your creativity in composition excels here and the effect in monochrome is just amazing. Rich textures and a beautiful way to play with light and water. Execution and processing flawless and the presentation just awesome. Love it!
holmertz (57483) 2013-07-11 7:59
The fne greyscale, the pitch black background and the superb sharpness all give this photo a fantastic graphic beauty. This is a remarkably successful conversion to B&W.
lousat (95982) 2013-07-11 8:57
Ciao Romano,questo posto mi sembra di conoscerlo,ed anche il taglio della foto mi e' molto familiare,guarda QUI..ehehe....cambia l'angolazione e la versione da colore a bianco e nero,ma ovviamente non posso che apprezzare! Buona serata,Luciano
claudeD (40894) 2013-07-11 12:01
very fine picture and excellent choice for b+w mode. I like the view very much. You did an excellent contribution to TE here.TFS.
With regards from Luxembourg
yquem46 (38752) 2013-07-11 12:08
Nice architecture shot well converted to b&w
have a nice evening, best regards
Royaldevon (41865) 2013-07-11 12:52
Ciao Cara Romano,
A really well executed monochrome photograph. You are right, the water droplets on the playing fountain resemble lace.
The clarity is outstanding and you have achieved a fine dof.
My warm regards,
jurek1951 (42196) 2013-07-11 13:10
A good black / white image. Beautiful contrasts, the long exposure gives a beautiful water. Depth and composition are good, thanks for sharing.
nikkitta (17068) 2013-07-11 13:17
Creative capture of beautiful architecture converted in B&W, it deserves a WS with the original colors, may be?
carlo62 (53360) 2013-07-11 14:26
la piazza è già famosa di suo, la scritta aiuta ulteriormente ad identificare la città ;)
Bella la scelta di questo b&w molto deciso, rende la piazza più originale.
Nicou (148618) 2013-07-11 19:36
quelle fontaine et image sueprbe vue et compo quel captage ce rond d'eau et les édifices en fond une très belle compo NB
Bravo et amitié
emka (104302) 2013-07-11 23:52
What amazing composition in black and white. With the black sky in the background and with so many white lines it really looks like a elaborated lace. Superb idea and presentation.
have a beautiful weekend
delpeoples (59466) 2013-07-12 4:11
Il post processo qui é maestoso. Ti dó i miei piú sinceri comlimenti quando dico che il conversione a bianconero é stupendo. L'acqua é ghiaccio, hai gestito bene il settings, fermando il momento perfettemente in tempo. Ottimo il contrasto e la forza dei bianci e neri. La composizione sembra come un X Ray o un etching (non lo so la parola in italiano). In ogni caso, é bellissima e di grande qualitá.
Grazie per la condivisione e ti auguro un venerdi meraviglioso
elenimavrandoni (0) 2013-07-12 10:26
Caro Romano,la tua immagine è al di là e al di sopra ogni commento
è un lavoro molto suggestivo e spettacolare una immagine gloriosa e molto favorito
Ti auguro di avere una favolosa vacanza e prendere molte immagini
ora è il mio tempo di aspettare che torni..
un carissimo saluto
grazie per il tuo commento gentile..
PiotrF (21538) 2013-07-12 11:09
Nice shot well converted to b&w,perfect exposure, fine composition and exquisite details and sharpness
For me superb!
mkamionka (39545) 2013-07-12 13:21
wow this is so beautiful! I like very much this tight composition crowded with so many beautiful elements. The water captured at the fast shutter speed has frozen the fountain resulting in a great effect. The architecture behind is so elegant, Fantastic idea as well to convert to black and white. It seems so surreal.
worldcitizen (9184) 2013-07-12 14:39
Beautiful B/W that is filled with great architectural details. The fountain makes an excellent foreground, its round shape complimenting perfectly the round building behind it.
krzychu30 (15512) 2013-07-13 3:04
I was quite busy last week,so had no enough time for TE.And I´m really glad to discover this one.
It´s a masterpiece!Both the composition itself as well as your monochrome treatment are superb and make the image unforgettable.
Excellent work with light&shades!The black sky looks simply amazing here!
My congratulations to this composition.
Wish You all the best
Cricri (123832) 2013-07-13 10:26
Un cadrage qui inclus plusieurs éléments intéressant et beau comme la fontaine, les détails sont bien rendu sur le fond sombre
abmdsudi (57168) 2013-07-13 11:34
Wise decision in mono, The water fountain's motion effect and the formed shapes are so well registered without the silky-milky creating a superb contrast as strong and effective focal to lead into the beautiful backdrop boosting liveliness of this sight. Excellent clarity, pov and tonal contrast that really fits the happy mood. Well worth the effort my friend. Congrats
npecanhuk (77017) 2013-07-13 18:27
Very beautiful and excellent black & white picture!
Sharpness, management of light, chosen pov and composition are all oustanding photo qualities too!
TFS - congrats,
willperrett (11704) 2013-07-14 2:52
I love this, and am intrigued by how it was achieved; although you give us a lot of information about the place, you're quiet about the technique(s) you've employed. An obviously quite fast shutter has "frozen" the fountain; it's a bright sunny day, yet the sky is black. This could be the result of a dark red filter (unlikely on a Kodak Easyshare) or maybe some PP work after the event. If the latter is true, I think I'd have been tempted to "remove" the ERG sign on the top of the building, as it seems a bit incongruous besides all this baroque architecture.
Angshu (56760) 2013-07-15 22:39
You've 'created' this image beautifully!
The fast shutter speed indeed creates a lace like pattern with the water. The majestic buldings create a fine backdrop under the dark sky. Very beautifully shown in B&W which fits the picture well!
Gigidusud (21247) 2013-07-16 5:28
Wow! Splendida foto di questa piazza di Genova. Eccellente angolo di visto su questa bellissima architettura con la fontana in primo piano. Una buona scelta la versione B&W. Mi piace molto!
Un caro saluto,
adores (46305) 2013-08-01 17:10
Very well framed! It really seems embroidery - the water falling in the fountain and those beautiful details of the buildings. Great light to show the details. I like it in b&w!
macjake (71069) 2013-08-20 4:19
I really like how this one has come out in black and white. the light areas of the scene just POP, and the dark areas are very dark.
too bad the composition isn't pulled back to fit everything in a bit more though.
amazing architecture in Italy, beautiful.
elysan (908) 2013-09-14 13:04
Ciao, Romano! Che ci facevi nella mia città?!? Splendida immagine della sua piazza più famosa, ottimamente resa in b/n.
Un saluto, Ely
- Copyright: Romano Lattanzi (Romano46) (18472)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Black & White
- Date Taken: 2009-05-01
- Categories: Architecture
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/320 seconds
- More Photo Info: view
- Photo Version: Original Version
- Date Submitted: 2013-07-11 4:51
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