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taormina

For me, this image is... simply surreal!

The colours are rich, the detail is spectacular and the clouds and sun mix are eerily perfect, given that the Mt. Etna volcano is in the background (on the right).

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I used an ultra-wide-angle lens to capture this image - the perfect effect lens to use given the semi-circular nature of the amphitheater. For those of you who are not familiar with Taormina, it is a town near the peak of a mountain, in Sicily, overlooking the Mediterranean. The Greeks built the amphitheater along with many other beautiful structures... of course, they are all restored ruins now. However, Taormina is one of the most exquisite places I've visited. Awesome restaurants, quaint hotels and townhomes, infinite shops, cobblestone streets that are kept very clean, an extremely natural setting, ample multi-level in-mountain parking. A definite bucket-list place. I was there in September 2007 for only one day and rushed to see only a minute part of it. Definitely demands more than one day.

nico gareri