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Finishing the year with a bang

We flew to Italy for Christmas, to join the family in Torino. It was a great time with lots of good food and heart-warming moments. Like, for instance, the small concert organized by my brother and his family.

According the guitar. 24mm, 1/40, f/2.8, ISO 2500. Shot on a full-frame camera.

They even sang in German for my wife. Pure cuteness! Of course, when I say "family" I mean the extended family, which also includes this adorable Boston-terrier-come-Tasmanian-devil, named Astrid ;)

Astrid begs for attention. 85mm, 1/80, f/2.8, ISO 3200. Shot on a full-frame camera.

Torino is beautiful as usual. Piazza San Carlo is always impressive in its vastness and geometrical perfection.

The ghosts of piazza San Carlo. 85mm, 1/1000, f/5.6, ISO 100. Composite from 7 pictures. Shot on a full-frame camera.

But there are other gems, outside of the city center. For instance, meet the Villa La Tesoriera, a place near the neighbourhood I grew up in. It was built in the 18th century and it is surrounded by a large parc. It's a good place for a Sunday stroll in springtime.

La Tesoriera at the blue hour. 85mm, 6 sec, f/16, ISO 100. Shot on a full-frame camera.

We had the time to visit the newly renovated Egyptian museum. After the museum in Cairo, this is the Egyptian archeological collection to see. The new structure is sleek, spacious, functional and very modern. However, the coziness of the old museum is gone. For instance, I miss the signature room with mummies and sarcofagi crammed all over the place they had in the old times.

85mm, 1/100, f/2, ISO 1600. Shot on a full-frame camera.

On our last day, we went to Parco Europa, a parc on top of a hill with a spectacular lookout over the industrial part of the city. From there, on a clear day, you can almost touch the Alps surrounding Torino and you can spot some landmarks like the FIAT head quarters (Mirafiori) with its chimneys, the historical automobile factory of Lingotto (with the parabolic test track on the roof) and the red Olympic Arch connecting Lingotto to the colourful olympic village (legacy of the 2016 Winter Olympic Games).

From front to back: Lingotto, Olympic Village, Mirafiori, a LOT of smog, and the Alps. 85mm, 1/320, f/8, ISO 100. Shot on a full-frame camera.

From front to back: Lingotto, Olympic Arch, a LOT of smog, and the Alps. 85mm, 1/320, f/8, ISO 100. Shot on a full-frame camera.

View over Torino from Parco Europa. 85mm, 1/160, f/11, ISO 400. Shot on a full-frame camera.

Goodbye Torino, see you in Spring!