Borghetto is stunning any way you look at it.
This tiny village – more like a cluster of old mills and a 14th century bridge – on the outskirts of the small town of Valeggio sul Mincio is still one of my most favourite places in Italy almost two years after I first came across it.
And I am not alone in my praise and admiration. For Borghetto is one of the I Borghi Piu Belli d’Italia – the official list of the most beautiful villages in Italy. It includes only six villages in the Veneto with Borghetto being one of them.
Seeing Borghetto is a visual treat. One of those
unmissable day trips
you need to take outside of the big Italian cities (Verona being the closest one) to appreciate the beauty of Italy at its most genuine state.
Borghetto’s mills – nowadays turned into restaurants serving the famous local tortellini – huddle one next to another on the fast flowing river Mincio, their old and battered wheels still furiously turning.
The medieval Visconti bridge stands tall and proud over the river.
Borghetto and the nearby Scaliger Castle
in the first part of my list with family-friendly walks and hikes up to an hour and a half from Vicenza (see point 2 here). So, I am not going to take up your time listing the same things again, albeit they are the main reasons for you to decide to go there in order to experience all that beauty for yourself.
Today, I just want to show you Borghetto from
a different viewpoint.
Enveloped by fog and still looking ravishing in the atmospheric autumn light.
I took this photo last Sunday, when we visited Borghetto for its Castagnata – a local chestnut festival. It was very foggy and rather cold. The first truly cold weekend for this season, with the humid air penetrating through the bones and making us shiver in our thick jackets.
Still, it was worth it for seeing Borghetto again. This little place in Italy forever has my heart.
A few words about this photo,
as I am starting to feel a bit more confident in my photography skills:
Ideally, I should have had a tripod and spent some time playing with my settings and using a long exposure to compensate for the scarce light. As I can’t really keep my husband and little daughter forever hanging around waiting for me to finish taking my photos, I snapped this photo hand-holding the camera and cranking my ISO in order to up the shutter speed. Final parameters:
ISO220, f/5.6, 1/100 sec
I waited to make sure that there were no cars passing on the bridge and experimented with my viewpoint by taking a few shots moving the camera slightly left to right and zooming in and out. I feel that this particular shot worked the best.
I processed it in Lightroom, upping the whites (+40), shadows (+50), clarity (+50), vibrance (+50) and saturation (+100). Yes, it sounds counter-intuitive to increase both the vibrance and the saturation, but the fog had really drained the landscape of all colour, and I wanted a bright, attention-grabbing focal point, which was provided by the orange lights.
I reduced the highlights (-100) and the blacks (-45), and then sharpened a bit.
What do you think? Do you like the result?
This post is part of my blog series ‘Photo of the Day’. I use it to share with you photos which reveal the beauty and the reality of living in Italy and travelling in Europe. These are usually short posts (sometimes more of a caption, really), so that you can enjoy them on the go and use them to bring a ray of colour into each of your days.
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