Photos of Italy & the best coffee in town – belli bar leichhardt

What have you got planned for this weekend?

Belli Bar is a little cafe on Norton Street known best for it’s take on the tramezzino (an Italian sandwich) steak panino and pasta dishes.

If its just coffee you’re after then its the best in town 🙂

My photography exhibition‘Bella Italia’ a photographic sojourn through Italy is open all weekend at this gorgeous Italian Cafe.

This exhibition features stunning countryside scenes, historical monuments and highlights the traditional culture of Italy.

This exhibition is FREE and is in conjunction with the Head On Photo festival.

belli bar is located at 80 Norton Street Leichhardt.  

Opening hours – Sat 7.30am to 5pm, Sun 8am-5pm

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Do you love Italy? Then you must see these pics!!

Don’t you love a long weekend? If you’re looking for something to do today then why not check out ‘Bella Italia’ a photographic sojourn through Italy.

This photography exhibition is open today (7.30am to 4pm) at the beautiful belli bar – 80 Norton Street Leichhardt.

If you love Italy, then you’ll really enjoy these photos….

Drop in, have a coffee or something to eat and check out my pics 🙂

cheers Chris.

Bella Italia – a photographic sojourn through Italy

I am so excited about showing all of you my photographs from Italy.

I first visited Italy about 10 years ago and immediately fell in love with its stunning beauty, its captivating culture and passionate people.

I love the countryside, the warmth of the people, the food, the art, the history and the architecture. Most of all, though, I will never forget how it makes me feel.

‘Bella Italia’ is a photographic sojourn through Italy.

My first solo photography exhibition opened last week and runs through to June 23 at the beautiful belli bar – 80 Norton Street Leichhardt.

Drop in, have a coffee or something to eat and check out my pics 🙂

All images are for sale.

cheers Chris 🙂

Bella Italia….who loves Italy like I do?

Yesterday my first SOLO photography exhibition opened!!

I am so excited about showing all of you (who can make it) my photographs from Italy.

I first visited Italy about 10 years ago and immediately fell in love with its stunning beauty, its captivating culture and passionate people.

I love the countryside, the warmth of the people, the food, the art, the history and the architecture. Most of all, though, I will never forget how it makes me feel.

‘Bella Italia’ is a photographic sojourn through Italy.

The exhibition runs from May 11 through to June 23 at the beautiful belli bar.

Drop in, have a coffee or something to eat and check out my pics 🙂

All images are for sale.

Opening night is this Thursday 16th May 6-8pm at belli bar, 80 Norton Street, Leichhardt.

All are welcome. Please RSVP to bernasconiphotography@gmail.com or 0430 511 566 asap.

Doors & Windows – a collection from Italy & France

Doors and windows..I love photographing them..

Who walks through that door every day?

How long has it been there?

During our trip to Italy and France I photographed lots of interesting doorways and windows 🙂

What attracted me most was their age…so old and such beautiful architecture and colours.

Which one is your favourite?

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Photo of the day….Varenna – La Perla di Lago

I photographed so many amazing places on my recent trip to Italy.

There were so many beautiful villages on Lake Como..

Varenna is on the east side of the lake and has a population of just under 1000.

I could look at this photo all day.

The colours of the houses, the mountains behind and the beautiful colour of the lake in the foreground.

Imagine what it would be like to live somewhere like this? A slow paced life with beauty all around you….

Have a great weekend everyone 🙂

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Hotel La Darsena – Lake Como, Italy…Fantastico!!

We were greeted by a very good looking Italian man…hmmm….

“Welcome to Hotel La Darsena” he said.

This was the start of an extraordinary week on the shores on beautiful Lake Como, Italy.

I had picked ‘Hotel La Darsena’ in Tremezzo off the internet as it was the only hotel on Lake Como situated over the lake with a balcony so we could admire an uninterrupted view. :)

Hotel La Darsena is a 9 room boutique hotel that is a family owned and run business.

Tiziano and Ezio run this business along with their wives Mirina and Mariangela with a friendly, personal touch and a strong sense of Italian pride.

Our check in was swift and efficient and our rooms were fantastic!

On the website I had seen two rooms at either end of the hotel that had two balconies {one at the front and another bigger verandah at the side} so I had specifically asked for them when booking.

Wow, was all I could say when I opened the door to our room.

Tastefully decorated in modern Italian style, this spacious room had a king size bed, lots of cupboard space, a large recently renewed modern bathroom with a spa, and of course the beautiful balconies to enjoy the view.

Breakfast was included in the tarrif. Each morning downstairs in the restaurant, a huge array of Italian delicacies were laid out in buffet style. We enjoyed Italian cheeses, fruit salad, prosciutto, ham, eggs, yoghurt and cereals with coffee that was to die for!!

The restaurant is also open for dinner each night. It stands alone as one of the best restaurants on Lake Como. The food was superb and each time we were given a table overlooking the lake. The view was only topped by the originality and the quality of the food. Marcello the chef and his team provided great service and all the meals were reasonably priced.

Hotel La Darsena is situated on the western side of Lake Como. There is a ferry stop and bus stop 2 minutes up the road, car parking is provided for guests and there is an array of other fantastic restaurants within 5 minutes walk from the hotel. I would highly recommend it as a great base to explore Lake Como and all it has to offer. Tremezzo has a real ‘village’ feel and is a lot quieter and less ‘touristy’ than Bellagio.

Maria and all the front desk staff are locals and know the area really well. Nothing was ever a problem, each morning we were quickly and efficiently provided with all the information we needed for our days adventure.

Each evening we would have drinks on our balcony and stare in wonder at the magic of the lake and the magnificent mountains that surround it.

The lake certainly weaved its magic on us…but the hospitality, warmth and standard of service at Hotel La Darsena made our stay there unforgettable.

If you’re planning to visit Lake Como, and want a great place to stay, visit www.hotelladarsena.it for more information.

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