In 2016 I started printing in the darkroom for a project that I had in mind since 2005 about the Ligurian coast that should have been called ”Riviera”. The frustration, however, grew to see that the material was not strong enough and too vague to be able to create an interesting series. So I started mixing that material with other photos I took in Naples, Venice and Palermo. The title of this project became ”Mediterraneo”. Those first thirty photos that I put together almost instinctively created a coherent and at the same time unusual atmosphere, an atmosphere in which I could identify with my feelings for this sea that is so closed, so beautiful and so cruel. Beautiful because I believe the strength of these images lies in their being suspended in a dreamlike limbo, connected to the infinity of time, an infinite timeless blue: our sea, the Mare Nostrum. Cruel, because my ambition is to create a testimony of our time, where the many references to current events are intertwined with more personal questions, related to existential questions and to the love for the inner sea.