Hands up if you have, even only once, thought to dump everything and just leave. To put on an empty backpack, to fill it up with new experiences and great stories, maybe telling them through a special camera lens. Has it ever occurred to you the idea of what would happen if you decided to live your life traveling, discovering foreign places and coming face to face with different cultures and pristine places? Well, someone did it all, and they also turned it into a job; eccentric characters who have decided to travel outside of their comfort zones, starting a new adventure. Not everyone can be like this: you need a fair amount of creativity, knowledge of photographic techniques, a strong orientation for details and, last but not least, a great deal of courage and love for the unknown. There are lots of travellers, countless aspiring photographers and boundless social influencers; but being able to incarnate all these three at once, and thus deserving a place in this ranking, is the privilege for a few. These 10 Italian travel photographers have the ability to make the virtual world daydream with their shots on Instagram. Their social profiles are never dull, never boring, and deserve to be admired by us, ordinary metropolitan people. They let us travel with imagination, and maybe draw some inspiration for our next destination.
Mattia Bonavida / @mattiabonavida
Mattia is a young guy from Garda Lake; with his Nikon, he makes web dreams come true. His photos mainly portray alpine landscapes, but there are also views of the most beautiful Italian cities. His Instagram feed is a spectacular photo album that has brought to him more than 100k followers.
What Italy Is / @whatitalyis
What Italy Is is not a person: it’s Italy told by the Italians. All the charm of this beautiful country is told through images, creating a social platform that acts as a container of a photographic collective project. This account is made not just of Tuscan landscapes and shots of the Coliseum; it is, above all, the portrait of a country made of people, stories ad emotions.
Italy is a constant surprise, through its places and people, its details and the stories they hide, its landscapes and who captures them with unique photographs full of meaning.
Emma B. / @hypoison
“Life is what we make of it. Travels are travellers. What we see is not what we see but what we are”. On Instagram – the place where she discovered her two main passion: photography and travel – Emma introduces herself with this quote from Pessoa. She brings the same concept into all her shots, always evocative and original, in which she portrays things through the eyes of other people, showing to her 91k followers the beauty of the North-Eastern part of Italy.
Elia Locardi / @elialocardi
Elia definitely is one of the best Italian instagrammers, as well as a professional travel photographer with an international fame. In 2012 he decided to embark on a new adventure and started leading, together with his wife, a 100% mobile-life, eternally traveling from country to country, moving up into the entire globe and capturing some of the most beautiful places in the world. Since he made this choice he has already visited more than 55 countries, flown over a million miles, and he is not going to stop.
His Instagram profile is full of breathtaking views, shots that are almost unreal. A perfect combination of photos and videos that leave everybody speechless.
Marko Morciano / @markomorciano
Creative is the best adjective to describe Marko. This quality is not just an aspect of his identity: it’s what transpires from every shot he takes. His love for photography started when he was 8 years old; he applied technical studies in this field to a degree in Communications: this allowed him to create the magic recipe of his success. It goes without saying that he has soon become one of the most followed Italian photographers on the photographic social network par excellence. His profile can be translated as the evolution of his own photographic style. Today he has achieved the aim to provide, with one clean shot, a long and complex speech, often reinterpreted by the single user.
His Instagram feed is easily recognisable: a particular and mysterious style, a gallery full of details where nothing is left to chance.
Gianluca / @thererumnatura
Gianluca’s – aka The Rerum Natura – do not seem to be simple photos. They look like potraits made by the expert hand of a painter. His shots are like the oil paintings of those street artists that you can find in the most beautiful Italian squares or on the Ligurian promenades.
Flipping through his social gallery is like stepping into a fairy world, in an illustrations book where the colours are always vivid, the lights magical, the view perfect and the architectures dreamy. His profile excites for the precision of every single shot.
Laura Masi / @ruberry
Her Instagram is definitely light blue!
Laura is a 29 years old girl, native from Florence, who loves to snap every city she bumps on; she always finds out new glimpses, new perspectives, and unthinkable points of view. To her 60k followers she shows the romantic side of Italy and her passion for the sea and the water, with shots of beautiful Italian landscapes, sea views, crystal clear water and beaches to get lost in.
Marco Lamberto / @polylm
Marco is a professional photographer and his shots would be the ones that you’d love to hang on the wall. He takes photos around Milan and all over Italy, but he also has traveled to exotic places, such as Maldives and Iceland.
His account is full of images that play with architectural structures, shadows and faces he meets in everyday life, telling every time a unique story.
For him, photography is a document, a will, a way to capture a moment that will last for eternity.
Claudio / Trip Therapy
“1000 days’ word trip without airplanes”. This is the introduction of his Instagram profile, and there is nothing to be add.
Claudio is 32, banker by accident and traveler by passion. He has decided to make this kind of experience to regain possession of distances, crossing borders, observing cultures change and getting in deep contact with the locals while forgetting reality.
Following him does not just involve admiring spectacular and unknown places; it also means to live his experience with him, being present in every small great adventure he partakes.
Edoardo Massimo Del Mastro / @mentenomade
Edoardo Massimo Del Mastro, aka @mentenomade, is a 30 years old dad from Rome. His passion for travel began when he was a child, thanks to his unbridled interest in geography. His first trip to London, at the age of 18, let him understand that, outside of the walls of his house, there is a world that is waiting to be visited. Since that moment, he lives together with his suitcase. He’s constantly traveling to know and share with his follower all those places that, as a child, he saw on the maps hung in his bedroom.
His claim: “discovering the world, you will discover yourself”.
Mentenomade is an example for those who want to leave but are afraid; he is the proof that all limits can be exceeded, freeing yourself from old mechanisms and habits that didn’t let you see beyond the end of your nose.
His photos are breathtaking, showing those wonderful places that still haven’t be touched by man.