L’ORA ROSA DI TORINO / The pink hour of Turin

L'ora rosa di Torino

FALCE DI LUNA E LA BASILICA DI SUPERGA / Thin Moon and the Basilica of Superga


L’ORA ROSA DI SUPERGA / The pink hour of Superga


MONVISO DA SUPERGA / Monviso peak from Superga


LUNA PIENA, MONVISO E BORGO CORNALESE / Full Moon, Monviso peak and Borgo Cornalese


:: 15.5.2014 – Full Moon setting alongside the Monviso peak (3,843 meters high). In the foreground is the church of Borgo Cornalese, few km away from Turin ::

:: 15.5.2014 – La Luna piena tramonta “accanto” al Monviso e alla chiesa di Borgo Cornalese ::

:: Canon Eos 5D, mark 2; Exp: 1/2000 sec; f/8; ISO: 1250; focal lenght: 403 mm ::



:: Turin, 31 March 2013 – Canon Eos 5D Mk II  – focal lenght: 1000 mm – exp: 1/500 sec. – aperture: f/25 – ISO: 100 ::

LUNA E PIANETI SU DON BOSCO / Moon and planets over the Basilica of Don Bosco


:: The image shows the lovely conjucntion above the eastern horizon early this morning.  Near the left bottom of the frame is Mercury just over the colorful twilight glow while Venus is shining left of the Moon’s sunlit crescent. The scene is completed by the silhouette of the Basilica of Saint John Bosco ::

:: Canon Eos 5D Mk II  – focal lenght: 105 mm – exp: 1.3 sec. – aperture: f/4 – ISO: 500 ::

I would like to dedicate this picture to the memory of Patrick Moore, whose passion for the heavens inspired me as millions of people around the world.



:: The Basilica of Superga captured this morning few minutes before sunrise in front of the Monviso peak ::

:: Canon Eos 5D Mk II  700 mm – exp: 1/4 sec – aperture: f/14 – ISO: 100 ::

:: La Basilica di Superga davanti al Monviso, ripresa questa mattina poco prima dell’alba ::

ALBA SULLA SACRA DI SAN MICHELE / Sunrise over 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 

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), ANSA.it, CNN Mexico, Space.com, Astronomy.com Picture of the Day, Meteoweb, Space.com 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: