Sunrise at the Sacra of San Michele


:: Image taken on 21 October 2012 from Bruzolo  – Immagine ripresa da Bruzolo il 21 ottobre 2012 ::

Technical details: Canon Eos 5D, MkII, focal lenght: 700mm; Exp: 1/1600 sec; F/9, ISO: 100 

Happy Solstice Day!

Today at 23:09 UT Summer begins in the northern emisphere. The photo above has been taken few days ago at sunsrise from the Candia Lake. You can enjoy other my sunny pictures HERE.

AR 1504 Sunspot at sunrise over the Candia Lake

The sun is dressing up for the upcoming solstice day and this morning offered a great show with the large Sunspot AR 1504 easily visible at dawn over the Candia Lake



At sunrise of 6 June 2012 Venus passed on the disk of the Sun for the last time in this century: you can find my images and a report of this incredible event HERE!

All’alba del 6 giugno 2012 Venere è transitata sul disco del Sole per l’ultima volta in questo secolo: potete trovare le mie immagini e un report di questo straordinario evento QUI!

My “Sunspot at sunrise” image is published by CNN and gets great media coverage

My image of the sunspot AR 1476 rising alogside the Basilica of Superga (taken on May 10th) received a great media coverage being viewed by thousands of people around the web — a list of main webisites where it has been featured in the recent couple of weeks is provided below (click on the link to go to the relevant page):

EarthSky, Spaceweather (NASA),, CNN Mexico,, Picture of the Day, Meteoweb, POD.

Thanks for looking and best wishes for a great view of the Transit of Venus! Here are some useful resources to plan and follow the event:

Sunspot AR 1476 Sunrise and the Basilica of Superga

This morning the sight of the majestic Sunspot AR 1476 was great as the Sun was rising alogside the Basilica of Superga!

Canon Eos 5D Mark II; Focal lenght:700mm; Exp: 1/8000 and 1/125 sec; F/40; ISO:50

Questa mattina la visione della gigantesca macchia solare AR 1476 è stata veramente impressionante mentre il Sole sorgeva accanto alla Basilica di Superga – Ripresa effettuata dal Monte dei Cappuccini.

My new video “The Sky over Turin”

Enjoy my new video showing images I took in Turin and its surroundings ;-)

Clicking the links below you will find more info on some of the images included:

Sunrise show over Isola d’Elba

Just before sunrise the sky was wonderful over Isola d’Elba offering a perfect mix with the landscape below.

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The Basilica of Superga into the Sun

The Summer Solstice is approaching (it will occur within two days) and,  in order to celebrate the arrival of Summertime, this morning I captured our Sun rising behind the Basilica of Superga, sitting on a hill around Turin.

Technical details –  Canon Eos 1000D, Sigma lens @ 700mm, Exp: 1/4000 sec; F/40, ISO 100

A flattened spotty sunrise

While driving home this morning, I spotted the reddish Sun rising over the countryside close to Turin and decided to stop the car to take some shots. The Sun appeared a bit flattened as rising out of the mist and the 1226 sunspot region was pretty evident just below the cables on the left part of the disk. Other sunspots are also visible in the cropped images taken few moments later. Continue reading