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Walking the Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi in Nervi near Genoa, Italy

The Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi in Nervi, Italy is a 2 km (1.2 mi) seafront walkway cut into rocky cliffs and offers panoramic views of the Mediterranean Sea. Stretching along a rugged part of the Northern Italian coastline, this popular waterfront promenade was built over ancient mule paths once used by local fishermen and farmers. The promenade is named after Anita Garibaldi, the Brazilian-born wife and comrade-in-arms of revolutionary Giuseppe Garibaldi. Nervi is a residential district of Genoa. The Romans once used the exquisite protected bay and marina.


Sunset over the marina in Nervi, a seaside resort in Liguria near Genoa in northwest Italy


Sunset along the Ligurian Sea from the Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi in Nervi near Genoa, Italy


View of a beach on the Ligurian Sea from the Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi in Nervi near Genoa, Italy


View of the Ligurian Sea from the Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi in Nervi near Genoa, Italy


View of the Ligurian Sea from the Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi in Nervi near Genoa, Italy


Leaves floating in the Ligurian Sea near Nervi, Italy


Paolo and I taking photos of our shadows from the Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi in Nervi near Genoa, Italy


Sunset over the Nervi marina seen from the Passeggiata Anita Garibaldi, Italy

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Sacra di San Michele (St. Michael’s Abbey) in Piedmont Region of Northwestern Italy

View of St. Michael’s Abbey (Sacra di San Michele) the symbol of Piedmont Region of Italy, built between 983 and 987 on top of Mount Pirchiriano. The abbey is said to have inspired Umberto Eco’s 1980 novel “The Name of the Rose.” This photo was taken from the ancient Sentiero dei Franchi trail that traces the route of Charlemagne and his troops in 773 and is also featured in Eco’s book. Located in the Val di Susa (Susa Valley) St. Michael’s Abbey is also known as the Abbazia della Chiusa and is dedicated to the Archangel Michael. At first sight it looks as if the ancient monastery has grown out of the rocky spur on which it was built, so closely integrated are the rock and abbey.

This shot was taken with my new Nikon Z 7 mirrorless camera. I came to rely heavily on this camera while hiking on some pretty rugged Alpine trails on the border between France and Northwestern Italy. I tried to travel light on these trails and carried only a backpack, a titanium Gitzo tripod and the Nikon Z 7 with the Z 24-70mm lens. This setup made it much easier for me to hike the miles needed to get these photos. I really appreciated the lighter weight through my entire Italy trip. In Cinque Terre the Nikon Z 7 became the only camera other than my iPhone X that I could make it up and down the steep steps and hillsides with for extended periods of time. Thank goodness the Nikon Z 7 arrived a few days before my trip.

Here are a few of my first impressions of the Nikon Z 7. The dynamic range of the Nikon Z 7 seems equivalent to my Nikon D850 which is outstanding. The basic settings are the same so setting up the Z 7 was easy and very simple to use in the field. It’s just like my other Nikon bodies in terms of ease of use. Because I didn’t have a remote trigger for the Nikon Z 7 body having left so quickly after the camera arrived, I found myself using the 2-second self-timer shutter release setting for tripod landscape shots such as the one above at St. Michael’s Abbey. My only criticism of the Nikon Z 7 is that the self-timer setting did not stay when the camera was turned off. It reverted to Single shot shutter release mode. I found this a bit annoying having to change it back each time but I got used to it. When I shot in Continuous H (extended) shutter release mode the setting remained even when I turned off the camera. I assume this may be a bug that will be fixed with an update in the future. The only other problem I had was that the automatic switching between viewfinder and monitor mode stopped working even though it had worked correctly for the first few days. One day in Italy the shutter got stuck while I changed batteries and the date and time setting was lost. I reset it but never understood exactly why that had happened. That was when the automatic switching stopped working also. I will send it back to Nikon to have them take a look at it. But in general the camera was robust, did very well in extremely rainy weather and made taking photographs much easier because of its weight. I was very happy to have had it on this trip. More photos to come as I get them edited.


Panorama of Sacra di San Michele Abbey in Northwestern Italy


Sacra di San Michele Abbey in Northwestern Italy


View from Sacra di San Michele Abbey in Northwestern Italy


Panorama of Torre della bell’Alda (Tower of the Beautiful Alda) and Sacra di San Michele Abbey in Northwestern Italy, Piedmont Region, Italy


View of candles and 16th century fresco in the sanctuary of Sacra di San Michele Abbey in Northwestern Italy


Window and light on column, Sacra di San Michele Abbey in Northwestern Italy


Sunlight on stone coloumn in the Sacra di San Michele Abbey in Northwestern Italy


View of the Sacra di San Michele Abby from Middle Ages trail of Sentiero dei Franchi trail, Piedmont Region, Northwestern Italy


View of St. Michael’s Abbey (Sacra di San Michele) from the Sentiero dei Franchi trail, Piedmont Region, Northwestern Italy


View of Condove near the Sacra di San Michele Abbey in Northwestern Italy


The Great Staircase of the Dead at the Sacra di San Michele Abbey in Northwestern Italy. The steep staircase going from the entrance to the Zodiac gateway (Portale dello Zodiaco) goes by the name of Scalone dei Morti (Staircase of the Dead). This is because the bodies of dead monks were used to decorate the niches on either sides of the staircase. It is said that until recent times, skeletons of dead monks were still visible. Yikes!


Late afternoon sunlight shines through trees along the ancient Sentiero dei Franchi trail that traces the route of Charlemagne and his troops in 773, Northwestern Italy

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Sardinia, Italy


Sunrise in Alghero, Sardinia, Italy

This was my first trip to the island of Sardinia! We flew from Turin to Rome and then flew Blue Air (the only airlines) to Alghero in Sardinia. Alghero is a coastal city in the northwest of Sardinia, Italy. An ancient city with a quaint cobblestoned old center and an old city wall, its Catalan inspired buildings include the Cattedrale di Santa Maria, with a wonderful bell tower, Palazzo Guillot and Chiesa di San Francesco, a 14th-century church.


The pre-dawn streets of the town of Alghero in Sardinia, Italy (taken with the Nikon Z 7 mirrorless camera). The Nikon Z 7 did a fabulous job with low noise in long exposures at night.


Waiting his turn to kite board on Spiaggia della Pelosetta, Sardinia, Italy


My photographer friend Chris Tucker taking timelapse videos on the beach at Spiaggia della Pelosetta near Stintino, with the 16th century Torre della Pelosa tower in the background, Sardinia, Italy


Sunset along the rocky shoreline on the west coast of Sardinia in Alghero, Italy

More photos to come…

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