An ancient Italian village has been photographed from above, revealing its form which strangely resembles a person.
Centuripe, a small town on the island of Sicily, was photographed from the air by a drone, revealing its five-pointed shape.
Several images were stitched together by the photographer to reveal the entire shape of the city, which eerily resembles a person with outstretched arms.
Aerial images reveal four longer stretches of buildings going in different directions – like limbs – and a fifth shorter stretch that makes up the “head.”
Local drone snapper Pio Andrea Peri, 32, first discovered the city’s human form while viewing the city on Google Earth.
Seeing an opportunity, he flew his drone as high as he could over Centuripe – found about 40 miles from Enna – and began taking photos.
Centuripe, a small town on the island of Sicily, was photographed from the air by a drone, revealing its five-pointed shape (pictured)
The shape of the city has been compared to many things, including a person, a five-pointed star, a swallow with outstretched wings, and the Vitruvian man by Leonardo da Vinci.
âIt was a blow to create,â he said. “I had to use multiple shots because of the drone’s height limit.”
The city’s shape has been compared to many things, including a person, a five-pointed star, a swallow with outstretched wings, and Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian Man.
But when Pio posted the images to his Instagram page, some users couldn’t believe their eyes and even accused the photographer of tampering with the images.
âThe whole world was in disbelief at the bizarre shape of this city, many didn’t believe it was true, and they thought I had drawn the picture on the PC.
âBut when they figured out the truth by searching Google Earth, many of them personally apologized for what they told me.
“I am proud of the photos and I am happy with my results, being a self-taught person, I believe a lot in what I do.”
Before creating the photographs, Pio studied the details of the area, to make sure the high winds wouldn’t prevent him from taking the perfect shot.
The ancient town of Centuripe has only around 5,000 inhabitants and is nestled on a hill in the province of Enna near the volcano Etna.
Man City: Aerial footage reveals four longer stretches of buildings going in different directions – like limbs – and a shorter fifth that makes up the “head”
And now the city’s mayor has invited photographer Pio to host an exhibition of his astonishing photographs, after the images left internet users stunned and in disbelief.
Pio added, âIt was a difficult shot to create and I had to use multiple shots due to the height limit of the drone.
‘I overlaid about 18 shots manually in post-production and it took two hours to edit, I’m very happy with the result.’
Local drone snapper Pio Andrea Peri, 32, first discovered the city’s human form when looking at it on Google Earth. Pictured: a map showing the shape of the city and its location
Centuripe was built on a hill, about 2,400 feet above sea level, giving it a defensive position halfway between Catania and Enna.
The layout of the town is said to date back to the 16th century and is known for its picturesque alleys designed for transporting animals.
It is divided into transverse sectors, with its narrow streets and winding steps that descend into a valley separating terraced houses on several floors.
From the top of town, the famous Mount Etna is visible in the distance, as are stunning views of the surrounding countryside.
Due to his high position, the Italian general Giuseppe Garibaldi called Centuripe “the balcony of Sicily”.