Northern Italy is one of my favourite places to visit. Food, wine, culture, and some great photographic opportunities. As ever, I prefer the less obvious places and views from Bolognese back street garages and insouciant Leaning Tower attendants in Pisa to Modenese bookshops.

Even in Venice! Back canal bars and little-known views into the cloisters of San Giorgio.

I think the main reason I like the area so much is that for the most part the towns and villages retain their human scale. Even the immense hall in the centre of Padova doesn’t overwhelm in the same way, say,  a modern airport building does, even when they are of the same size.

Here are some pictures taken over the last 10 years or so.

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