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San Francisco – America’s most attractive city looks out across the Pacific toward the Far East: the city is still the last frontier on the American continent. Cosmopolitan and non-conformist by history and vocation, spectacular for its bay’s ecosystem, its monuments and symbols – the Golden Gate Bridge, Transamerica Pyramid, impossibly steep streets, and much else – this Californian city makes viewing from the sky an exhilarating experience. Everything is spectacular, and from any angle the view is surprising.
Few metropolises in the world have succeeded so well in balancing their natural heritage with their man-made environment. San Francisco’s architecture mirrors its history from the Spanish missions to its modern steel bridges and skyscrapers. An itinerary from above, illustrated by an original text and superb photographs, explores the many corners of the city and its surrounding area.
Seen from above, the city’s Victorian houses climb and descend the hills that face onto the water, line the enormous open spaces of Golden Gate Park and the Presidio, and from Alamo Square herald the imposing downtown area dominated by the Transamerica skyscraper’s 853-feet height. The views range from the natural beauty of Marin County and Point Reyes to the north, across the Golden Gate shrouded by mist, and over Bay Bridge toward East Bay. The ocean is a constant presence that lives in symbiosis with the United States’ most progressive metropolis, a city famous for its gay and artistic communities and for having been the cradle for the beat and hippy movements. San Francisco has many new places that enrich the urban scene, among them the SFMoma designed by the Swiss architect Mario Botta and the San Francisco Giants’ new football stadium, which stands among the piers at the end of SoMa, the loft district where the city’s creative types live.
All San Francisco is an experience, which is lived first of all through the eyes: the view from the sky demonstrates that the work of man is as impressive as the natural world that surrounds it.
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About the Author
Antonio Attini was born in Turin in 1960 and has produced numerous photo reports in Europe, Africa, Asia and America, which have been published by the world's leading travel magazines. His photographs appear in the “Countries of the World”, and “Places in History” series. Attini has been a member of Kodak Gold Circle since 1994. In recent years he has specialized in aerial photography, shooting features from the skies of America and Europe.
Fabrizio Guglielmini is a journalist for Il Corriere della Sera where he writes on music, culture and recreation. He has written for Condé Nast Traveller, Panorama Viaggi, Viaggiare, In Viaggio, World Music Magazine and Musica Jazz. He is the author of many articles on the United States and San Francisco, in particular on their music, society and customs. He directs the association known as Eclettica & Media on the music and cultures of the southern hemisphere and organizes meetings and conferences at Università IULM, Palazzo Giureconsulti in Milan and the French Cultural Center in Dakar. He is a founder member of the COSA Association (African Studies Center) based in Milan.