More than any other place in Europa, Italia was my most sought after destination of the trip. Since I'm half Italian, and because it's such a beautiful and historic country, I was so stoked about traveling through it!
Roma was the first stop on my trip, and it was everything you would imagine. History oozes from every block of the city, from the Coliseum to the Vatican and beyond.
The Amalfi Coast was my second destination. It's a stunning coastal city near Napoli that has all the charm you would come to expect from a small town. Constantly I was reminded of a lifestyle that puts emphasis on family and friends, and less on the hustle bustle we Americans are so accustomed to. Did I mention the food? Magnifico!
After the Amalfi Coast, Firenza (Florence) was my next stop. This was probably my favorite spot of them all. The kind of place I could see myself actually living. The population is actually less than 150,000 there in the off peak travel season, which is amazing to think! The city itself is very clean, and very beautiful. Tuscany is not far off, and I was able to do a wine tour of some of the vineyards out there. Lest I forget the art, which is second to none. Picasso, the Statue of David, to name a few.
Finally, Venezia (Venice) was my last stop. Since I was traveling alone, I was able to observe many things that had I been with a group of people might not have otherwise. The begger in the street was one of many that I saw in Europe. Instead of the signs or aggressive begging we may see in the states, most beggers are usually on their knees with a cup held out. A true "begging" position. Many of them also have spiritual relics and are very grateful to both God and the donor upon receiving money.
Venezia is probably the most beautiful of all the Italian cities. The architecture and canals, along with the narrow and windy streets (which make it easy to get lost) provide a surreal picture of a place I had only dreamed about.
As I mentioned in my other short films, I often times had to free hand my camera because the monopod was restricted (i.e. the Vatican, Boboli Gardens, etc). Fortunately, I was able to smooth out much of the shaky footage in post.
So again, a tip for traveling to Europe, be prepared to not be able to use a monopod for filming with your DSLR. Not good times when trying to use long focal lengths. Fortunately, most of the stunning footage you are looking for can be obtained with a wide angle, which is a silver lining.
Music - o mio babbino caro by Giacamo Puccini
Filmed by Fisheye Studio