People love showing off their country for your photographs
Italians, and especially the Sicilians, are people you cannot ignore. You have to engage with them. They have a charming combination of not really caring what you think of them but at the same time being very proud.
Photos are a record of the friends you make
The back streets of Venice are full of pleasant surprises. This is where the Venetians live and it is an entirely different world to that of the Piazza San Marco or the Canal Grande.
Real life happens not far from the crowd
When I am in Florence, I always try to imagine what amazing energy there must have been in its glorious past when all those great artists were creating their masterpieces.
Photo Tip: Choose your focus
Tuscany is one of the world’s most popular destinations for photographers, and rightly so. The beautiful landscapes are dotted with medieval villages, strategically built atop the highest hills.
Luck helps those who are patient – and know their camera
Both these pictures were shot with a 35mm lens on my Fujifilm XT-1 mirrorless camera, which I sometimes prefer as it's a lot less bulky than my traditional pro-DSLRs.
What’s luck got to do, got to do with it?
After 15 years of travel photography, the concept of luck has taken on a whole new meaning. Is waking up early and climbing a mountain to reach the summit – only to find an overcast sky that obscures the sunrise – bad luck?
There's more to Italy than Rome
Rome is where modern Europe began and its beauties are vast, from the banks of the Tiber to the Colosseum, St Peter's Basillica and the Roman Forum.
Eat your way through Palermo, Sicily's magical capital
I knew before I got there that I'd love Palermo. I didn't realize quite how much.
How not to get lost in Venice (*)
Having an address for your hotel in Venice is not much use because the numbering system does not follow a system that is easily understood by strangers.
Florence's Duomo neighborhood: like waking up inside a Renaissance painting
The area that surrounds Florence's magnificent Duomo is unsurprisingly the busiest in the city, but to stay here undoubtedly makes for an unforgettable experience.