As a professional photographer, I’m always travelling around Italy photographing hotels, restaurants, towns and villages. You might have seen my pictures in Conde Nast Traveler, National Geographic and The Times.
Italy is full of so many special places that it seems like there’s always somewhere new to discover. I grew up in Milan and Naples, but now my home is in the beautiful coastal town of Livorno in Tuscany.
The Tuscan landscape is incredible, like poetry, and the people put a lot of effort into maintaining it. Of course, that’s true of so many places in Italy, and I love exploring all of it, from the Alps right down to the Amalfi Coast and out to the islands.
On my travels, when I find places I think Antonio’s customers will love – whether it’s a charming family-run hotel or a medieval hilltop village – I let him know. I see myself as his second pair of eyes on the ground.
My job also takes me around the world and you can follow all my travels on www.vittoriosciosia.com
My favourite photography trick
”No matter which camera you use – even if it’s just your phone – the right lighting will improve your image. And the good news is that you don’t need expensive equipment. You just need to time it right.
We get such gloriously strong sunlight in Italy, which makes our landscapes look so vibrant in real life, but can make photographs look harsh or washed out.
But the light we get for the hour around sunrise and around sunset is ideal. It gives a wonderfully atmospheric image, with the light casting a soft glow and the shadows providing a gentle contrast, so you get a perfect shot, whether you’re taking a picture of coasts, mountains, countryside or cities.”