While the Playboy mansion’s infamous grotto might get the most attention in the pop cultural realm, natural grottos off the coast of Italy (and around the world) are a source of wonder for millions and a major tourist hotspot. Italy’s Blue Grotto and Emerald Grotto are natural sea caves that illuminate seawater with a mystical glow with either bright blue or deep green hues, respectively. This natural light filtration creates otherworldly tones that look anything but ordinary.
From sunrise to sundown, one man documents the breathtaking hustle and bustle of the world’s premier gondola cities.
Florence, Italy At Night
It seems fitting that the birthplace of the Renaissance and the “Athens” of the Middle Ages looks positively heavenly at night. The Tuscan capital, replete with earthen-tone arch bridges and enough Michelangelo sculptures to make any art fan weep, it’s easy to see why this scenic city has provided the perfect backdrop for artists throughout the ages. If a Tuscan sunset isn’t in your budget just yet, The Roosevelts has a great gallery of high-quality images for your ogling pleasure.
Look out West; this microstate claims to have nearly 1500 years on most constitutions and thus is the oldest surviving sovereign state and constitutional republic in the world. It’s certainly not the largest, though; as of 2012 the republic boasted a population of around 32,000.
Popular among artists for obvious reasons, this northern Italian island gets its multicolored streets thanks to a system stemming from the golden age of the area’s development. In other words, if you want to paint your home here, you must send a request to the government who will respond by making notice of the permitted colors on that specific lot.