Venetian Mask Makers

Walking along the back alleys and enchanting piazzas of Venice, it is easy to imagine this mesmerizing city in the days of the elaborate Renaissance and the extravagant celebrations of the lavish Carnivale. Continue reading.

Beauty and the Baglio – Women of Sicilian Wine

Ginevra Notarbartolo is an inspiring young woman. At just 32 years of age, she is following in the footsteps of her famous grandfather, acclaimed wine-producer, Count Paolo Marzotto, at the family’s Sicilian vineyard, Baglio di Pianetto, south of Palermo. Continue reading.

Love at First Sight

Photographing people is really one of the most rewarding facets of my work.

I truly get to meet some intriguing people from all walks of life.

One such recent occasion was for an assignment for an editorial on fellow Australian, Dr Rodney Lokaj, a medieval philologist and his beautiful 14th century watchtower; ‘I Cerri’, in the Spoleto Valley in Umbria. Continue reading.

Monday in Rome

I was asked recently by journalist, Annemarie Haverkamp from the De Gelderlander newspaper of the Netherlands, what an Australian photographer, living in the historical centre of Rome would suggest as an interesting itinerary for a ‘Monday in Rome’ feature.

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Ethereal Beauty

When I first arrived in Italy in 2003, I was struck by the sublime quality of light that so perfectly harmonized with the beauty of the environment. Continue reading.

Sagrantino Vineyards, Montefalco, Umbria

The region of Montefalco in the province of Perugia in Umbria, is where the Sagrantino grape has been cultivated for many centuries and enjoyed for its sweet DOCG red wine, Passito. Continue reading.

Palermo Markets and Street Food

Walking the streets of Palermo somehow feels like you are immersed in a dramatic film set, with exotic backdrops, enriched by colourful characters and intense scenes. Continue reading.

Artisans of Florence

I love stepping off the train at Firenze Santa Maria Novella, the central railway station in Florence.

There is such a wonderful vibe you feel upon arrival, which is almost tangible. The beauty, art, history and romance is everywhere!

It is no wonder Florence is one of the most popular destinations to visit for tourists coming to Italy.

This ever increasing popularity and mass tourism, is not seen as such a favourable trend for some however. Continue reading.

Testaccio – Authentic Rome

Testaccio has long been one of my favourite hangouts in Rome. Far from the tourist crowds and queues, Testaccio offers a more authentic experience in Rome with some of the best restaurants, markets, bars, shopping and contemporary art scene. Continue reading.

Rome’s Best Artisan Coffee Bars

Where to find the best artisan coffee in Rome?  With so many alluring and aromatic bars and cafes, scattered amongst the cobbled streets, piazzas and back alleys of Rome, the choice can be endless and overwhelming. Continue reading.

Count Paolo Marzotto’s Sicilian Vineyard, Susan Wright Photography, Rome, Italy

I was very pleased to have met and photographed Count Paolo Marzotto at his beautiful Sicilian vineyard ‘Baglio di Pianetto’ in the picturesque hills of Santa Cristina Gela south of Palermo.

Very much at ease in front of the camera, I found Paolo to be very charismatic, magnetic and energetic, his enthusiasm and optimism, contagious. Continue reading.

Tivoli – Rome’s Aristocratic Summer Playground

If you have the opportunity to venture half an hour from the eternal city to the hilltop village of Tivoli, you will be rewarded with the wonderful experience of exploring Villa Adriana and Villa D’Este, two World Heritage listed sites on the Tiburtine hills east of Rome.

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Turin – Take a walk on the sweet side…

Where better to indulge your taste buds in some of the best artisan chocolate and confectionery in Italy’s most elegant, baroque city.

Turin, Piedmont, in northern Italy, on the border of Switzerland and France, is renowned for the tradition of hand crafted chocolates and confectionery. ‘Gianduiotto’ chocolate, a sumptuous blend of cocoa and hazelnuts, is the specialty of Turin, having been first invented there in 1865. Continue reading.