Photograph of South Tyrol by Alex Nichol

South Tyrol

I was sure Switzerland had ruined the rest of my trip, since my experience in Slovenia and Croatia, by comparison, had been so underwhelming. I thought it was all downhill from there. But today put those fears to rest. I made my way west through apocalyptic Slovenia to sun-drenched northern Italy, specifically the South Tyrol region.

Photograph of South Tyrol, Italy by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

Firstly, I should mention that while the Italian toll roads are expensive compared to the rest of Europe, they are worth every penny. I travelled about 100 miles across the country on them today and shared tarmac with about a half dozen other vehicles the whole way; it was bliss.

Once on Italian soil, I followed a number of winding mountain passes, beginning with Passo Staulanza, which took me from the 23°c valley below to the almost-freezing 3°c crest of Marmolada, a peak whistling with blustery winds and still encrusted in snow. I then headed back down the other side, following Passo Fedaia into the valley, where I camped for the night.

Photograph of South Tyrol, Italy by Alex Nichol
Canon EOS 5D Mark IV + Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM

These photographs were taken with my Canon EOS 5D Mark IV and the extraordinary Canon 35 mm f/1.4 L II USM .

Alex Nichol

About the photographer

Alex Nichol is an amateur photographer based in the UK dabbling with landscape, travel and documentary. Alex has shot with pretty much everything, from classic 35mm and medium format film cameras from Zenit, Leica, Hasselblad and Rolleiflex, to digital SLR and mirrorless systems from Leica, Sony, Canon, Panasonic and Olympus. He is currently shooting with the Fujifilm X System.


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