Slovakia - April 2018
When I say that I absolutely love to discover places not known by the mass tourism, I truly mean it. The purpose is making people conscious of the potentiality of locations which usually aren't on anyone's bucket list. Slovakia, as an example, has a lot to offer and yet nobody talks about it.
This is why along with another photographer and friend, Michele (instagram: @stepoutmiki), we pursued an exploration of many of the astonishing national parks of this country.
"Undiscovered" - the project of a lifetime
This project is the one that has been pushing from the inside since ever. I've always been thrilled by discovering corners that many ignore, but are just as beautiful. Often I woke up 2 hours earlier to have breakfast in an eccentric bar on the other side of Rome, before heading to the college class, or just delayed to the next train back to stroll around some alleys and randomly entering interesting museums.
Growing up in life and in photography this ideal cemented into a living layout set in motion in 2018. The crafted idea is simple: there are thousands of National parks, charming towns, reserves, islands and, in general, touristical areas that suffer the shadowing of their world-wide famous counterparts. On instagram, as an example, 80% of creators go purposely on locations that are crazily pumped by huge pages, enhancing even more their exposure. Bali, Germany, the Dolomites, Faroe Islands, Banff, Yellowstone are just few elements of the social media golden circle. Obviously these places are famous for a reason, but it baffles me to see always the same spots in photos around the web. This trend-chase somehow deadens the curiosity to discover countries and parks that are outside the beaten tracks.
In collaboration with other creators that will decide to join my crusade, local tourism boards and touristic structures, I will try to bring more attention on the undiscovered beauty.
If you are a photographer, videomaker or content creator and want to dive into this project with me, reach me out through the contact form or DM me on instagram.
Slovakia photo-gallery, first stop of Undiscovered: here
Visit Tuscia Romana: tourism board co-founder
"Tuscia Romana" is the region that stretches NW of Rome starting from lake Bracciano, the place where I grew up, and has on the perimeters the towns of Tolfa, Blera and Bassano Romano.
All my main memories have been built here in these fields and hills, all the focal points of my life happened through the alleys of the 13 towns of this area.
Now you can understand why I'm so bothered that tourism here is left totally undeveloped. Transports are hardly in time and predictable at all, services and outdoor activities are difficult to access due to lack of web informations, most people around here don't even know what the neighbor town has to offer. I could continue this sad list for a while.
Administrations seem to not have any will to fix all of this, but winds are about to change.
I teamed up with an all-time friend of mine, Martina Castroni, landscape architect, to stood up from this field of ashes and build something big. There are little websites depicting few attractions around the lake, few events in the woods, but nothing that can give a tourist a sense of a "united" region, filled with people that care about it.
In few months we'll work hard to give life to an official tourism board. The scope is to group in a single entity all the museums, hiking trails, adventure activities, monuments, castles, natural beauties along with the hundreds of artisans, artists, local food productors, hotels and restaurants.
Our hope is that, along with an enhancement of tourism, the sensibility of the locals will increase as well.
Visit Tuscia Romana:
England and Wales - spring 2019
Chasing the Undiscovered leitmotiv, an itinerary though the quaintest towns and wildest national parks in England and Wales has borned. Starting from the rugged Cornwall coastiline, I will head up to the Lake District and Peak District national parks after several pit-stops in other areas. Snowdonia, Brecon Beacons, The Cotswolds, Malvern and Shropshire Hills and the prettiest towns in between are just few examples.
From Newport (RI) to Newfoundland and Labrador - summer 2020
This will be the longest journey made recently. I will accompanied by my cousin, Andrea Pietrangeli, who is an experienced film-maker and photographer that worked for Discovery Channel, Jegermeister and others. He is based in Rhode Island and I will reach him there to start a 3 weeks road trip that will cover the states of: Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Maine [USA], New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, Newfoundland, St Pierre and Miquelon and finally Labrador [CANADA]. All areas that are pretty much unknown throughout the social media. In fact, this trip will be the head of the Undiscovered project, with the sole objective to turn some lights on for underrated National parks and touristical areas.
Madeira - period not announced
In 2019 one big goal is to travel to Madeira, a Portuguese island in the middle of the Atlantic ocean, ready to impress on the sensor every vibe of it. Madeira is only 741 km^2 , but it's a microcosm of things to explore: from the mountain hikes to unique UNESCO villages, local food (way different than ours) and Hawaian crystal clear waters, all of this in always spring-like temperatures.It's great to have the chance of compressing all of this into a single travel, hence the choice of this unusual destination.
Dolomites - period not announced
What's better than beautiful alpine lakes surrounded by astonishing rockies? If you want to find such enviroment in Italy mostly you have to head north, in the Dolomites. That's where I intend to go to breathe some fresh mountain air (and to shoot some photo of course). Mostly I'll make a road and hiking trip in Trentino - Alto Adige, but I'm not excluding nearby regions.
Iceland - period not announced
I've already been in Iceland, but with a useless camera and for a (too) short time. Although it has been enough to make me deeply connect with this nordic land. Everytime I think of Iceland something just snaps inside my head, I sense such a strong bond with it. For all these reasons it can't be out of my travel list.