For Berlin-based photographer Maximilian Virgili, trips to Italy have become an annual affair; in the still clear calm that precedes the chaos of summer, Virgili photographs the landscape in the early bloom of spring.
By visiting before the air gets thick with heat and the streets messy with crowds, Virgili is able to train his lens on moments that would be lost in the glare of a summer holiday. His most recent travels saw him visit Sardinia, an island adrift in the deep blue of the Mediterranean sea. In his own words and photographs that follow, he shared what he saw there with IGNANT.
Every year, I have to travel to Italy at least once. I figured that the best time to do that would be in spring, like the last time I visited Sicily. In spring there are more quiet places, flora and fauna is blooming, and the general atmosphere just seems more relaxing. This time, it was a bit more crowded, it was the Easter break, so a lot of Italians were on holiday themselves. Tradition is a huge thing in Italy, so everything was set up for a week of celebrations. People dress up, there are a lot of parades in the streets. The food level also steps up, all the restaurants serve special traditional menu—it was a very interesting experience.
I travelled with a friend, we stayed a week, visited a little town called Bosa in the west, located on a river that ends up in the ocean. After three days we crossed the island to Orosei in the the very east, we did some hikes there and drove all the way back to Alghero in the north west where we spent the easter weekend. I felt that the island had a lot to offer in terms of diverse landscapes—it has a lot of romantic, bloomy spots, and rough scary cliffs, suddenly you drive past palm trees and endless flat fields, huge mountains, amazing beaches—it is definitely worth another visit.