Choreography of the Carabinieri’s squad 2018

SIENA, 16th August 2018

In the tense silence that anticipates the last test before the great event, in Piazza del “Campo” resounds a solemn trampling of hooves, but much more ordered and calm than the frenetic pace of the horses of the “contrade”. And here with an elegant gait, in a whirlwind of red-blue plumes, the squad of the Carabinieri makes its appearance, and after a round of inspection, they head towards the most illustrious officers  of the Palio.

Here, after a moving and distinguished salute to the authorities, the military begin their grandiose choreography proceeding initially with an elegant trot and then, launched at the sign of the commander, in a quick and courtly gallop with the ceremonial swords unsheathed to the light of the sun under the general ovations of the crowd ready to acclaim them for the incredible tribute that the “Arma of Carabinieri” offers to the city of Siena for the second consecutive year.

carica del drappello dei carabinieri 2018

Carica del drappello dei Carabinieri 2018

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First Test of Palio di Siena 2018

SIENA, 13th August 2018

In “Piazza Del Campo”, people start to gather behind the barriers creating a mix of colors, voices and emotions in a place  where competition and excitement mix, a place that in the period of the “Palio di Siena” becomes a symbol of the union of a city. Despite the fact that it is only a test, the tension felt in the air is palpable. At this precise moment, desires, hopes and thoughts start to crowd in the minds of the thousands of spectators and “contradaioli”, the beating heart of the Palio and the city.

The rope falls and so the horses leave; running faster and faster, kicking away the layer of tuff covering the square and overcoming the opponents. Finally the last lap arrives, the jockeys are getting closer and closer to the finish line, people acclaim them, encouraging them more than ever. The horses are launched in the last daring climb, hoping to reassemble or revolutionize this first standings that will see only one district victorious.

The first day of the Palio di Siena comes to the end.

palio di siena

Prima Prova Palio di Siena 2018

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Volti e personalità, una mostra di emozioni


What Gabriele Forti, now well-established master of the lens, is proposing to us is a  signficant sequence of faces (22  black-and-white images,  which are exposed in two rooms of the Rocca Aldobrandesca’s ground floor in Piancastagnaio, from Monday 23 to Sunday 29 July 2018) collected in the every-day life of the village. Familiar Faces, others to be discovered with careful reflection on the part of the visitor, faces of our people, which maybe we see and meet every day, and who now speak to us more than in the physical meeting. As the writer Marcel Proust puts it, in these faces set in the silence of time there is a ” recherche ” a search for the soul that speaks through the intuition of those who use the photographic tool, but in this case the item acts, behind the feelings and the impulse of the artist’s heart.

In a famous and profound aphorism, Cicero says: ” As the face is the image of the soul, the eyes are the interpreters “: Gabriele has magically understood it, and indeed, just as a preview of the vision of 22 images composed in the Rocca Aldobrandesca’s halls , he wanted to gather in a symbolic photomontage of the photographed people’s eyes. The great professionalism of Gabriele, his continuous “moving” around living and throbbing subjects, to convey to the observer indescribable emotions, they offer us many ideas to talk about this master whose art is certainly of undoubted skill, with a personal human evolution and a very particular maturity.

The faces impressed by the camera of Gabriele, familiar faces  as I said, that mark the common moments of the common life Pianese, can tell us many things; in the human face, we can find the presence of many things. In the face, we can see, the joy, the pain, the love, the anger, the suffering. A face, lights up with a smile, gets wet with tears, looks at others, perceives many reactions. Gabriele, with this umpteenth creative effort, gives us all these feelings. Which is not unimportant, in the flow of our time, more and more often dry.

(Text by Giuseppe Serafini)

Thanks to Giuseppe Serafini for the beautiful article,  to all the staff of Roccone especially to Corrado and Giulia, but also to all the people who put their faces in this exhibition.

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Wedding Workshop Team Mariella Santoni

Wedding WorkShop in Poggio Leone

A beautiful workshop in the Umbrian hills and the Tuscan valleys with a magnificent view of Lake Trasimeno, in the beautiful estate of Poggio Leone. Thanks to the wonderful experience the wedding planner Mariella Santoni, Big Art for the beautiful hairstyles and make-up, Zea Couture and Cammilloni for the wonderful dresses, Martina Oro for the wedding rings, Roberto Fiori for the floral decorations and the bouquet, Gabriele Forti, Andrea Cittadini, Gabriele Pierguidi and Edoardo Terrosi for the wonderful photos and videos and of course Poggio Leone for the magnificent location.

There is no greater satisfaction than when you see that people listen to you and learn without filters what you transmit, talent is innate, but often this does not come out because of laziness but above all in the manza of humility. Gabriele J Pierguidi a 16-year-old boy who quickly took the worst and best from my advice and pulled out, in my opinion, very introspective and original shots, making a small niche in this world full of images. Great Gabriele Pierguidi. Following the beautiful photos of the new and talented collaborator of Studio Forti. Gabriele Pierguidi PH

Wedding Workshop

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