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Monastary Santa Maria di Piona, Lake Como, Italy #6

Olive groves at the Monastary of Santa Maria di Piona on the shores of Lake Como in northern Italy

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Towards the end of our stay exploring around Lake Como in the mountains of northern Italy my wife Liz and I, after having consulted our guide book, decided on a trip north from our apartment at Varenna to have a look around the Monastary Santa Maria di Piona, right by the lakeshore.

We weren't sure what to expect, never having visited a monastary before, but with its peaceful and quiet ambiance, together with some lovely old buildings and spectacular scenery, we weren't disappointed with our visit and spent a good couple of hours just walking around enjoying the architecture and gardens.

This image shows one of the monastary olive groves, shining in the late morning sun and backed by impressive mountains in the far distance.

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Filename - italy como monastary 06.jpg

Camera - Canon EOS 6D

Lens - 24-105mm zoom @ 58mm

Exposure - 1/30 sec @ f11, ISO200

Filters - Polarising filter used to reduce glare and enhance colours.

Location - Monastary Santa Maria di Piona, Lake Como, Italy

Image enhancements - Adobe Lightroom

Comments - Handheld exposure with image stabilisation.