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Soul of Italy – A Tribute from Steve McCurry

The best part about Italy is the people. The hospitality of the Italian people is without rival.
There’s no friendlier place on the planet.
– Steve McCurry

Rome, Italy
Sicily, Italy
Saint-Pierre Castle, Aosta Valley, Italy
Umbria, Italy

I find other countries have this or this, but Italy is the only one that has it all for me. The culture, the cuisine, the people, the landscape, the history.
Just everything comes together there.
– Frances Mayes

Rome, Italy

Italian cities have long been held up as ideals, not least by New Yorkers and Londoners enthralled by the ways their architecture gives beauty and meaning to everyday acts.
– Rebecca Solnit

Venice, Italy
Camino, Italy
Rome, Italy
Sicily, Italy

A man who has not been to Italy is always
conscious of an inferiority.
–  Samuel Johnson

Sicily, Italy
Venice, Italy
Rome, Italy
Umbria, Italy

You may have the universe if I may have Italy.
–  Giuseppe Verdi

Umbria, Italy
Umbria, Italy
Umbria, Italy
Perugia, Italy
Rome, Italy
Umbria, Italy

We are all pilgrims who seek Italy.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Assisi, Italy
Perugia, Italy
Naples, Italy
Umbria, Italy
Umbria, Italy
Umbria, Italy
Umbria, Italy

 

Umbria, Italy
Forte di Bard, Italy

Italy is a dream that keeps returning
for the rest of your life.
– Anna Akhmatova

Italy

 

Tuscany, Italy
Venice, Italy
Venice, Italy
Forte di Bard, Italy

Open my heart and you will see,
‘Graved inside of it, Italy.
– Robert Browning

Italy
Sicily, Italy
Rome, Italy
Camino, Italy
Italy

 

Umbria, Italy
Rome, Italy
Venice, Italy

Nothing in the world that you ever heard of Venice, is equal to the magnificent and stupendous reality.
– Charles Dickens
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By Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry has been one of the most iconic voices in contemporary photography for more than thirty years, with scores of magazine and book covers, over a dozen books, and countless exhibitions around the world to his name.

To read more about Steve go to www.stevemccurry.com/bio

95 replies on “Soul of Italy – A Tribute from Steve McCurry”

Thank you Steve for these amazing pics and overwhelming words.
I used to live in 5 different countries ( UK as well ) and I can say Italy is the most beautiful place to live in the world
( although I love other places too ).

Than you Steve for your tribute to my country. I had to cancel my trip to Italy last February to see my family. I was heartbroken. Your beautiful pictures reminds me how fantastic my country is.

Thanks Steve for your beautiful tribute to our country, that I adore so much. You caught the spirit of being Italian and we appreciate that you a fan of this land.

Thank you!!! What a treat for me to see pictures of a place I love so much. If there is such a thing as a second life, my first had to have been in Italy. I feel such an affinity with the people, the art, THE FOOD.

Thanks Steve for your amazing work. I am from Umbria, as you said you have captured the soul of Italy: art, culture, family and love. I am pleased that people from other countries love Italy. Italy will always welcome everyone. Stay safe, Arianna

Thank you so much for the tribute to my country and the wonderful pictures that embody so deeply our kind of life and souls. Yes, we’ll win and I hope the same for people in the whole world.

Grazie mille per la vostra ampia mostra dedicata al nostro paese.
I was deeply touched by your photos, full of love and maestry together to show how much you love the people and this country. Thank you.

I agree with Frances Mayes. Everything she said about Italy is why I love it too. Thank you for these wonderful pictures x

[…] Steve McCurry è un fotografo molto famoso che nel suo portfolio può contare su tantissimi meravigliosi scatti dell’Italia e di chi la abita ed è da qui che parte il suo omaggio: il video, pubblicato sulla sua pagina ufficiale Facebook, è una raccolta di questi scatti, fotografie che puntano a cogliere lo spirito, le tradizioni e la bellezza del nostro paese. Il flusso delle fotografie ogni tanto è interrotto per lasciare spazio a citazioni che testimoniano l’amore del fotografo americano per l’Italia. Il fotografo ha condiviso i suoi scatti sul blog personale. […]

I have had the pleasure to know you in person in Lucca, several years ago. You are a splendid person as much as a wonderful photographer: thanks so much Steve for this fabulous and touching tribute to my country!

Sono orgogliosa di essere Italiana, e lo sono ancora di più quando vedo che tante persone apprezzano la nostra cultura! Grazie.

Grazie Steve… you can catch the inner details of people.. but we are everywhere, not only in Italy and the I am sure you can portrait us as we are even if met in NY, Paris or elsewhere..

Thank you for this beauty! I lived in Liguria for three years and absolutely adore the Italian people, language, architecture and cuisine. I’ve been doing daily posts with microstories about life in Italy. Beauty wins!

I am one of the last venetian remain. Your photo is amazing but you’d visit it now. It’s an unimmaginable , incredible absolutely unfogetble think. Thank you so much

Thank you Steve, we Italians deeply appreciate it. Hope you will come to visit Italy again, as soon as possible!

Some of these scenes from Italy are simply amazing!  This is definitely one of my favourite McCurry blogs!

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