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DVOW Winner from L'Aquila

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Pink is coming

Mauro Pagliai

Top contributor Mauro Paglia used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this stunning aerial view of L'Aquila, an important city in the Abruzzo region of Italy.   L'Aquila is situated in the eponymously named province, in the Appenine Mountains which run down the country's "spine".  With a population of about 75,000, it's the provincial and regional capital.  The video captures the city when it was lit up in pink for the Giro d'Italia 2019, the Italian version of the Tour de France. This video won DVOW in May 2019.

Rocca di Calascio: Appenine Fortress

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Rocca di Calascio in Abruzzo Italy


Contributor Seppiolone brings us this epic drone video of the Rocca di Calasco, a very famous fortress in the Appenine Mountains in the Abruzzo region of Italy.  The core of the structure dates to the 10th century.  It is situated in the Province of L'Aquila, which is near the geographic center of Italy.  The fortification sits at an altitude of just under 1.5k meters (a little under 5k ft), making it the highest fortress in the Appenine range which runs through the middle of the "boot" of Italy. 

DVA Finalist from Abruzzo

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Not Only NOW, it's EPIC

Mauro Pagliai

Mauro Pagliai has an alternative idea of what a travel video should look like! Navigate through time as he uses his drone to soar around ancient ruins, creatively showing off the different ways photography has changed. The backdrop of Abruzzo in the central part of Italy is perfect for this highly creative piece.  This video won both Drone Video of the Week and Drone Video of the Month contest, and was picked as a Finalist in the Originality cateogory for the second annual Drone Video Awards.

Rocca Calascio: Appenine Fortress

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Rocca Calascio - MiddleAges Project


Numerous fortresses were built at key points in the Apennines mountains which run down the "spine" of Italy.  In this video, contributor Zippomaker used a drone to create a remarkable aerial video of Rocca Calascio, the highest of these fortresses.  The fortification, which dates to the 10th century AD, sits at an elevation of almost 1.5k meters (about 4.8k ft.) in the Abruzzo region. It's been used as a filming locations for several movies, notably The Name of the Rose (1986) and The American (2010).

Mavic Pro 2 Tour of Abruzzo

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Mauro Pagliai

Top contributor Mauro Pagliai used a DJI Mavic Pro 2 drone to create this spectacular mini-tour of Abruzzo, a region of central Italy.  It lies on the eastern side of the "boot" of Italy.  While Abruzzo has a long Adriatic Sea coastline, its most beautiful areas are on the generally mountainous interior of the province, where the video was shot.  Treat yourself to these beautiful dronelapses of the Appenine Mountains, mountaintop castles, and medieval fortresses that dot this magnificent region.  

Abruzzo's Mountains and Misty Valleys

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A Short Flight

Mauro Pagliai

Top contributor Mauro Paglia created this highly cinematic video of his home region of Abruzzo, Italy.  He uses a combination of drone footage mixed in with a bit of ground camera footage and some very skillful editing to create an awe-inspiring trip through one of the country's most beautiful regions.  Ride along for some epic bird's eye views of the region's legenary Appenine Mountain peaks, misty valleys, and stunning wildlife.  The aerial portions of the video were filmed with the DJI Spark drone.  

DJI Spark Tour of Abruzzo

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DJI Spark: Cinematic Footage of Italy's Abruzzo Region

Mauro Pagliai

This epic reel by award-winning contributor and drone pilot Mauro Pagliai demonstrates two things: (1) the cinematic potential of DJI's tiny Spark drone and (2) the beauty of Italy's Abruzzo region.  Abruzzo lies on Italy's eastern (Adriatic Sea) coast, southeast of Rome.  Most of this video was shot in its western portion, a mountainous land full of stunning castles and villages.   As you'll see, the Spark footage is astoundingly high quality, and it draws out the natural beauty of this ancient land.  

Campo Imperatore

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Campo Imperatore Dronie

Mauro Pagliai

Top contributor Mauro Paglia and his canine friend created this epic dronie from a famous mountain plateau in Central Italy.  Campo Imperatore is an alpine meadow in the Gran Sasso masif, the highest part of Italy's Appenine Mountains.  It's situated in the Gran Sasso e Monti della Laga National Park in the Abruzzo Region, which covers much of the east-central part of the country.  While its altitudes are lower, it is known as the Tibet of Italy in reference to the Tibetan Plateau of the Himalayan Mountains.  

60 Seconds over Abruzzo

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Abruzzo: 12 Hours in 60 Seconds


Contributor Zippomaker created this stunning tour-by-drone of Italy's Abruzzo region, in the east-central part of the country.  The highlight of the video is some epic footage of Piccolomini Castle, a 14th century landmark in the town of Celano.  The castle was built in several stages, taking most of its present form in the 15th century.  It underwent extensive restoration in the 20th century.  The castle, which is often used for Ministry of Cultural Heritage meetings, also houses a museum.  

Gran Sasso

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Snow is Joke


Here's a magnificent drone video from the mountains of Central Italy, compliments of Luca_B3n.  The area being filmed is Gran Sasso, which is in the Abruzzo Region in the middle of the country.  It's a sub-range of the Appenine Mountains, which run down the "spine" of Italy.  One of the three main summits of Gran Sasso is Corno Grande, the highest mountain in the Appenine range and the highest mountain in Italy outside of the Alps.  Its peak elevation is about 2.9k meters (around 9.6k ft.).

Mountains of L'Aquila

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Avanti, March


Luca_B3n combines great footage and skillfull dronelapse editing to create this beautiful piece from the mountains of Abruzzo, Italy.  It was filmed near the town of L'Aquila, which lies in the northwestern corner of the Abruzzo region.  It's in the heart of the Appenine Mountains, a chain of foothills and mountains (actually a series of chains) which runs down the "spine" of Italy.  The province of L'Aquila is the largest of the four which make up the Abruzzo region; it covers most of the western part of the territory.  

FPV Surfing Monte Velino

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Mount Velino - Abruzzo - Italy

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Check out this spectacular FPV video from the Appenine Mountains of Italy, compliments of top contributor and drone pilot TAT-VT.  It was shot at Monte Velino, which lies in the province of L'Aquila in the Abruzzo region.  The mountain has a peak elevation of just under 2.5k meters (a bit under 8.2k ft.) above sea level.  It's the third highest peak in the Appenines, a chain which runs down the "spine" of Italy.  Like much of the chain, Monte Velino is known for its spectacular rock formations and ridges.  

Pescara: Abruzzo's Largest City

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Sunrise and sunset in Pescara


Check out this beautiful drone video of Pescara, Italy, compliments of contributor martini.  Pescara is the capital of the eponymously named province, one of the four which make up the Abruzzo region.  Pescara is the largest city in Abruzzo, a largely rural region which covers a portion of east-central Italy.  Situated on the Adriatic Sea, Pescara has roots as a fortress town near the mouth of the Aterno-Pescara River. The city's main sights sit on either side of the river, in effect dividing it in two.  

April in the Appenines

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Something about April


The unpredictable month of April is sure to bring joy in the warmth of spring, while also reminding us that winter is not gone quite yet.  Contributor Luca_B3n took advantage of the better weather to get out and create this beautiful drone video of the mountains of Central Italy.  While the Appenine Mountains which run down the center of the Italian Peninsula lack the altitude of the Alps of the northern regions, they make for some stunning visuals, as you'll see in this aerial collage from the Abruzzo region.

Gran Sasso's Monte Camicia

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Mount Camicia - 2564m

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Top contributor TAT-VT created this stunning drone video from one of the highest mountains in the center part of Italy.  It's Monte Camicia, which straddles the provinces of L'Aquila and Teramo, two of the four which make up the region of Abruzzo.  The mountain has a peak elevation of a bit under 2.6k meters above sea level (about 8.4k ft.).  It's part of the Gran Sasso d'Italia masif, a subchain of the Appenine Mountains.  Gran Sasso is also home to Corno Grande, the highest peak in the Appenines.

Cusano Waterfall, Pescara

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Cascate di Cusano - Abruzzo Italy


Check out this drone video of a well-known waterfall in the Abruzzo region of Italy, compliments of contributor Seppiolone.  The Cascata di Cusano (sometimes called the Cascate de Lejo) is located in Pescara, one of the provinces of the Abruzzo region in the south-central part of the country.  The falls are almost tropical-like in appearance, a rarity for anywhere in Europe.  The area is part of the Maiella National Park, which is centered on one of the masifs of the Appenine range and covers parts of three provinces.  

Gran Sasso and Rocca

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Lights and Air

Mauro Pagliai

Award-winning content creator and drone pilot Mauro Pagliai created this magnificent piece from the Appenine Mountains of south-central Italy.  The video features some spectacular timelapse sequences from the Gran Sasso d'Italia masif, home of the highest peak in the entire Appenine chain: Corno Grande, which has a maximum elevation of 2.9k meters above sea level (around 9.55k ft.).  You'll also see some nice shots of the Rocca Calascio, the highest of the Appenine fortresses.  

Climbing Corno Grande

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Gran Sasso, a backpacking day adventure


Ride along with 360roma as he hikes to the summit of one of Italy's most famous mountains.  The video covers a backpacking trip from Campo Imperatore to the summit of Corno Grande, the highest summit in the Appenine Mountains.  Located in the region of Abruzzo, the mountain is part of the Gran Sasso Massif.  Its peak elevation is about 2.9k meters or around 9.6k ft. above sea level.  Among the stunning scenes you'll see in the video is the Calderone Glacier, known as the southernmost ice sheet in Europe. 

Paramotoring on the Palentine Plains

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Fly Piani Palentini,Abruzzo,Italy

fabio sauli

If you want to see what powered paragliding looks like, check out this amazing drone video by fabio sauli.  Powered paraglding (sometimes called paramotoring) is an extreme sport which involves strapping on a back-mounted motor and attaching oneself to a paraglider.  Experienced pilots can rech speeds up of up 80 km/hr (around 50 mph) and altitudes of thousands of meters/feet.  He filmed a very brave pilot plying the skies over the Palentine Plains in the Abruzzo region of south-central Italy.  

Mountain Time-Lapses

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Mauro Pagliai

The time-lapses in this aerial video of castles in Italy are something to remember. Drone Video Awards nominee Mauro Pagliai brings us “Rockloud” a compilation of some of his favorite images of Italian castles he’s taken over the years. Many of these stretches of tape include hyper-lapses where the clouds roll over the amazing, historical places he is focusing on. It’s a dreamlike piece that you’ll certainly be inspired by.  The footage was captured from the region of Abruzzo, in the south central part of the country.  

Rocca Calascia by Mavic Mini

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Mavic mini - First flights


For a drone weighing only a quarter kilogram (about 8 oz.), the DJI Mavic Mini is an astonishingly effective aerial video platform.  Withness this Mini-captured video of one of the most famous fortresses in Europe, compliments of Luca_B3n.  It's the Rocca Calascio, a 10th century AD fortification in the mountains of central Italy.  The highest fortress in the Appenine Mountains, the landmark has been used as a filming locations for a number of movies, most recently the American (2010).