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A Photographer’s Guide

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A Photographer’s Guide
Andrew Hudson


Roccascalegna CastleZitumassin/Wikipedia


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Rocca CalascioRenano/Wikipedia
Fater headquarters, PescaraDariz Für Stahlbau Pichler/Wikipedia
Castel del Monte [Abruzzo]Miles Gerety/Wikipedia
Castello CaldorescoZitumassin/Wikipedia
Il Gran Sasso d’Italia Corno GrandeLuciodem/Wikipedia
Nave, PescaraRaboe001/Wikipedia
Ortona CastleRaboe001/Wikipedia
Punta Penna LighthouseLuca/Wikipedia
Santa Maria di CollemaggioRa Boe/Wikipedia
Tower of CerranoIdéfix/Wikipedia
Anversa degli AbruzziPizzodisevo/Wikipedia
Building, LancianoCatherine Wilson/Flickr
Civitella Messer RaimondoZitumassin/Wikipedia
Grotta del CavalloneRa Boe/Wikipedia
Piazza Rossetti, VastoGoldmund100/Wikipedia
Ponte sul MareExephyo/Wikipedia
Rose Window, Santa Maria di CollemaggioAquilanus/Wikipedia
San Bernardino BasilicaRa Boe/Wikipedia
Scurcola MarsicanaFabiom/Wikipedia
Shrine of Gabriel of Our Lady of SorrowsFreegiampi/Wikipedia
Statue, LancianoCatherine Wilson/Flickr
99 Spouts FountainRa Boe/Wikipedia
Basilica of Santa Maria del Ponte [Lanciano]Olivier Jules/Wikipedia
Forte SpagnoloRa Boe/Wikipedia
Orsini TowerDa Flow/Wikipedia
Ortona beachRaboe001/Wikipedia
Pescara CathedralLuca Aless/Wikipedia
Piazza Duomo [L’Aquila]Ra Boe/Wikipedia
San Giovanni LipioniSomeone/Wikipedia
Santa Maria della PietàRenano/Wikipedia
Santa Maria Maggiore Cathedral, VastoBenghazi69/Wikipedia
Torre Campanaria Basilica’s bell tower and Ponte DioclezianoOftwarecommonswiki/Wikipedia
Bussi sul TirinoRa Boe/Wikipedia
Campo ImperatoreMgerety/Wikipedia
Cathedral of ChietiRaboe001/Wikipedia
Fara San MartinoZitumassin/Wikipedia
Hermitage of Celestine V and the Shrine of Hercules CurinusRa Boe/Wikipedia
Montorio al VomanoGianmarkiller/Wikipedia
Parco Nazionale d’Abruzzo, Lazio e MoliseLucius/Wikipedia
Pettorano sul GizioInviaggio/Wikipedia
Prati di TivoFranco Aq/Wikipedia
Castel FrentanoZitumassin/Wikipedia
Chieti railway stationRa Boe/Wikipedia
Lama dei PeligniZitumassin/Wikipedia
Punta della Penna Beach, VastoRa Boe/Wikipedia
Punta della Penna harbour, VastoBenghazi69/Wikipedia
Santo Stefano di SessanioRa Boe/Wikipedia
Sulmona CathedralRa Boe/Wikipedia



Map of Abruzzo

About PhotoSecrets



A great travel photo­graph requires you to be in the right place at the right time to capture that special moment. Professional photo­graphers have a short-hand phrase for this: “F8 and be there.”

There are countless books that can help you with photo­graphic technique, the “F8” portion of that equation. But until now, there’s been little help for the other, more critical portion of that equation, the “be there” part. To find the right spot, you had to expend lots of time and shoe leather to essentially re-invent the wheel.

In my career as a professional travel photo­grapher, well over half my time on location is spent seeking out the good angles. Andrew Hudson’s PhotoSecrets does all that legwork for you, so you can spend your time photo­graphing instead of wandering about. I wish I had one of these books for every city I photo­graph on assignment.

PhotoSecrets can help you capture the most beautiful sights with a minimum of hassle and a maximum of enjoyment. So grab your camera, find your favorite PhotoSecrets spots, and “be there!”

About Bob Krist

Bob Krist has photo­graphed assignments for National Geographic, National Geographic Traveler, Travel/­Holiday, Smithsonian, and Islands. He won “Travel photo­grapher of the Year” from the Society of American Travel Writers in 1994, 2007, and 2008.

For National Geographic, Bob has led round-the-world tours and a traveling lecture series. His book In Tuscany with Frances Mayes spent a month on The New York Times’ bestseller list and his how-to book Spirit of Place was hailed by American Photo­grapher magazine as “the best book about travel photo­graphy we’ve ever read.”

The parents of three sons, Bob and his wife live in New Hope, Pennsylvania.


Thank you for reading PhotoSecrets. As a fellow fan of travel and photo­graphy, I hope this guide will help you quickly find the most visually stunning places, and come home with equally stunning photo­graphs.

PhotoSecrets is designed to show you all the best sights. Flick through, see the classic views, and use them as a departure point for your own creations. Flick through, enjoy the photos, and see which places inspire you. Get comp­osition ideas, lighting tips, and a brief history. It’ll be like traveling with a location scout and a pro-photo­grapher by your side.

The idea for PhotoSecrets came during a trip to Thailand, when I tried to find the exotic beach used in the James Bond movie The Man with the Golden Gun. None of the guidebooks I had showed a picture, so I thought a guidebook of postcard photos would be useful for us photographers. If you have any ides for improvements, please send me an email at

Now, start exploring — and take lots of photos!

About Andrew Hudson

Originally an engineer, Andrew Hudson started PhotoSecrets in 1995. His first book won the Benjamin Franklin Award for Best First Book and his second won the Grand Prize in the National Self-Published Book Awards.

Andrew has published 15 nationally-distributed photo­graphy books. He has photo­graphed assignments for Macy’s, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Men’s Health and Seventeen, and been a location scout for Nikon. His photos and articles have appeared in Alaska Airlines, National Geographic Traveler, Shutterbug Outdoor and Nature photo­graphy, Where, and Woman’s World.

Andrew has a degree in Computer Engineering from Manchester University and a certificate in copyright law from Harvard Law School. Born in Redditch, England, he lives with his wife, two kids, and two chocolate Labs, in San Diego, California.


At a Glance

GPS:42.275029, 13.7812827
What:Region in Italy
Provinces:L’Aquila, Teramo, Pescara, and Chieti
Area:10,763 square km (4,156 sq mi)
Population:1,307,919 (2012)
Time zone:CET (UTC+1)
Motto:Forte e gentile (strong and gentle)
Fame:Known as “the greenest region in Europe” as one third of its territory, the largest in Europe, is protected nature reserves

Abruzzo is a region of Italy in Southern Italy, with an area of 10,763 square km (4,156 sq mi) and a population of 1.3 million. Its western border lies 80 km (50 mi) east of Rome. The region is divided into the four provinces of L’Aquila, Teramo, Pescara, and Chieti. Abruzzo borders the region of Marche to the north, Lazio to the west and south-west, Molise to the south-east, and the Adriatic Sea to the east. Geographically, Abruzzo is divided into a mountainous area to the west, which includes the Gran Sasso D’italia, and a coastal area to the east with beaches on the Adriatic sea. Abruzzo is considered culturally, linguistically, historically, and economically a region of Southern Italy, although geographically it may also be considered central. The Italian Statistical Authority (ISTAT) deems it to be part of Southern Italy, partially because of Abruzzo’s historic association with the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies.

Abruzzo is known as “the greenest region in Europe” as one third of its territory, the largest in Europe, is set aside as national parks and protected nature reserves: there are three national parks, one regional park, and 38 protected nature reserves. These ensure the survival of 75% of Europe’s living species including rare species, such as the small wading dotterel, golden eagle, the Abruzzo (or Abruzzese) chamois, Apennine wolf, and Marsican brown bear. Abruzzo is also home to Calderone, Europe’s southernmost glacier.

Visiting nineteenth-century Italian diplomat and journalist Primo Levi (to not confuse with the writer and survivor of the Holocaust, Primo Levi) said that “forte e gentile” (strong and gentle) best describes the beauty of the region and the character of its people. “Forte e gentile” has since become the motto of the region and its inhabitants.