Top of Erice by Riccardo Maria Mantero
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Discover more about my photography, let me introduce myself High resolution prints of my photos are available @ A trip in Sicily gave me the opportunity to visit the ancient city of Erice. From there, over 750mt above the sea level and thanks to a limpid day and to some clouds, it was possible to extend the view till the “Punta del Saraceno” and to “Capo San Vito” (behind). I had to wait that a sunray illuminated the small Castle on the lower right “Torretta Pepoli”, to shoot my photo. Hope I’ve got the effect I planned.


The first one is Napoleon-Achille, godson of the First Consul and Hortense, born in Paris, January 22, 1801. It was Achille who, having become a citizen of the United States, showed an intelligence that was so alive and bright in many works. This charming little girl with the long curls whose head so curiously reminds us of that of Murat is her father’s favorite: Letizia-Joséphine. It is necessary to read the letters that Murat wrote to her in order to discern the tenderness with which he mollycoddled her: these letters that my friend Guido Biagi published, in accordance with the pretty Italian custom, for «Nozze Benzoni-Martini ». She married the Marquis Pepoli of Bologne and left many descendants. Next is Napoléon-Lucien-Charles—this lovely laughing boy in red velvet clothes—, the one from among the sons and grandsons who represents the name of Murat today. Finally, the last one, whose two hands hasten to grab that spray of flowers, is Louis-Julie-Caroline, who will become the Countess Rasponi. This is the high point in Murat’s life: as enduring and powerful as his imagination was, how did he dream of such fortune? He had to pay later—and so much!—for these dream days, but was it not enough to have experienced them?

— Frédéric Masson, Biographie de Joachim Murat, le Figaro illustré, 1895.