The Blue Hour | Orta San Giulio, Italy
No doubt: Orta Lake is one of the last paradise in this world.
If you are in search of inspiration, a rapid walking in this small ecosystem can open your mind, relax your body and heal your spirit.
At the centre of the lake, there is a small island called "San Giulio".
According to the legend, it was dominated by a big serpent that destroyed everithing. But when St. Giulio, that had the power to command over the waves, the storm, the wild animals and the human beings, arrived near the lake, waving his hand he chased away the dangerous menacing animal.
He reached the Island journeying over the water on his cloack guided by his staff. The big reptile disappeared and St. Giulio, tired and near to his death, thought that the island was the right place to build his hundredth and last church dedicated to the Holy Apostles
The Island of San Giulio is today a place of great misticism. Here was born on 962 William of Volpiano, during the siege to Queen Willa by Emperor Otto, King Berengario II's wife, who had taken the Island from the Bishop of Novara. The big central building was a Castle. The island was the governor 's seat that represented the bishop. On 1842 it was destroyed to build on it a seminary.
Now there is a Benedictin monastery that helps giving more mistic power to a place that is by nature immersed in the silence.
I reach the location after the sunset for a blue hour shot: It was a perfect chance to test the sharpness of my new zeiss 16-35 lens!
I wish to specify that there weren't any color correction on the shot, this is the really out of camera result.