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Ponza Paradise

If you are dreaming of warm, sunny, summer days by the sea, take a virtual journey to Ponza in this article that I shot for Australian Gourmet Traveller last summer.

Just a short train and ferry ride from Rome, Ponza and the neighbouring Pontine islands are a must for anyone wanting to experience a true Mediterranean treasure. Continue reading.

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Italy Regional Cuisine

Last year was jam packed with amazing assignments in all regions of Italy and beyond. In the next few blog posts, a sample of some of the published works; the places, people and experiences from my travels. To begin, a taste of regional cuisine for  Virtuoso Life Magazine  - from Liguria and Veneto in the north, to Lazio and Sicily in the south and everything in between. Continue reading.

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Tuscany’s Off-Season, a Hidden Gem

Travel in Tuscany awakens thoughts of wandering hills and verdant panoramas. With such stunning landscapes comes hordes of eager tourists. To escape the relentless crowds and see another side of Tuscany, travelers might consider visiting the region in its winter off-season, as I did while on a shoot for the New York Times. Continue reading.

Sicily, free houses in Gangi

Sicily – Free houses in Gangi

Last July I ventured to Sicily with Aussie journalist, Josephine McKenna to photograph the village of Gangi, a small town in the Sicilian countryside that’s making big waves. To breathe new life into Gangi’s waning population and a tired economy, local mayor Giuseppe Ferrarello arranged to have the town’s many abandoned houses given away for free. The catch? The new homeowners must simply have the old houses renovated.

We met with Ferrarello and many of the enthusiastic new homeowners to learn more about the project and how this sleepy little town is waking up. Explore the full gallery of images here, or read the story for Air Berlin magazine here. Continue reading.

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Amalfi Lemon Legend – Luigi Aceto

I’ve met some truly amazing people with inspiring stories on my travels in Italy.  One of those – Luigi Aceto, the legendary lemon producer on the Amalfi Coast.

View photos and read his remarkable story here in the latest issue of Iberia’s Ronda Magazine. Continue reading.

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Il Palagio – Sting’s Luxury Tuscan Villa

A recent photo shoot for Australian Gourmet Traveller, photographing Sting and Trudie Styler’s stunning, 16th century estate; ‘Il Palagio’ set in the picturesque Chianti hills.  Read the full article here and plan your very own visit to the rockstar’s Renaissance retreat on your next trip to Italy. Continue reading.

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Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana, Modena

What an inspiration – chef Massimo Bottura of Osteria Francescana, in Modena.

I had the pleasure to photograph Massimo for a recent article in Jetaway magazine.

Full of contagious, positive energy, passion and enthusiasm, it is no wonder he has earned 3 Michelin stars and his restaurant; Osteria Francescana voted 3rd in this year’s, World’s 50 Best Restaurants. Continue reading.

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New Ways to Fall in Love with Rome

‘New ways to fall in love with Rome’ - that’s the title of an article in the latest issue of Lonely Planet Traveller – and that is exactly what journalist Oli Smith and I did on our recent assignment in the beautiful, eternal city. Continue reading.

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Naples – Street Food

Napoli – Full of life, colour, chaos and of course … great street food!

Together with journalist Isobel Lee, we sampled some of the best street food on offer and met the passionate Neapolitans creating their traditional street snacks.

My favourite - Taralli; a savoury biscuit made with lard, black pepper and toasted almonds – delicious!

Here is a snippet from the story or read the entire article online here at Wizz magazine.

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Words and photos © Susan Wright

Travel, editorial and portrait photographer, Rome, Italy

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Lubriano Infiorata – spring flower festival

I’ve always wanted to participate in an Italian Infiorata (flower festival) and this past weekend I was lucky enough to experience this spectacular visual treat.

Lubriano, a small medieval village north of Rome, celebrates the Festa della Modonna del Poggio, every spring with the laying of millions of flower petals, followed by a religious procession. Continue reading.