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The wedding cake

The wedding cake
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 12021 W: 126 N: 21737] (111081)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2017-12-29
Categories: Architecture
Camera: Sony DSC HX200v
Exposure: 30 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2018-01-13 16:33
Viewed: 671
Points: 76
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Continuing my Milanese journey, today we are in front of the Castello Sforzesco, of which I had posted a view from afar in my last post. This is the magnificent fountain,called "the wedding cake", fully functional even with some degree below zero as it was on that day. In the background a side tower of the entrance to the courtyard.
Troubled the history of this fountain. Built during the Fascist era of the then AEM electricity management company, the original was made in 1936 on the occasion of Mussolini's visit to meet the veterans of the Abyssinian war.
It had such a success that, as a temporary one, it became definitive in 1939. Fountain illuminated at night during the war was obscured and was dismantled in 1959, during the construction of the underground, after having long been a symbolic element of the city. Closed in a warehouse for decades on the project of the City of Milan was revived in 1999 and was built the new fountain in the image of the previous.
Still, both for its peculiarity and for its position, it is a gathering point for numerous citizens and tourists, a pleasant stop before entering the Castle and the adjacent gardens.


Proseguendo il mio percorso milanese, oggi siamo davanti al Castello Sforzesco, di cui avevo postato una vista da lontano nel mio ultimo post. Questa è la magnificha fontana,sprannominata "torta degli sposi" e perfettamente funzionante anche con qualche grado sotto zero come era in quel giorno. Sullo sfondo una torre laterale dell'ingresso al cortile. Travagliata la storia di questa fontana. Costruita durante l’era fascista d’allora società di gestione dell’energia elettrica AEM l’originale fu realizzata nel 1936 in occasione della visita di Mussolini che si incontrava con i reduci della guerra d’Abissinia.
Ebbe un tale successo che, da provvisoria, divenne definitiva nel 1939. Fontana illuminata di notte durante la guerra venne oscurata e fu smontata nel 1959, durante i lavori di costruzione della metropolitana, dopo essere stata a lungo un elemento simbolico della città. Chiusa in un magazzino per decenni su progetto del Comune di Milano venne riproposta nel 1999 e fu realizzata la nuova fontana a immagine della precedente.
Tuttora sia per la peculiarità che per la posizione è un punto di raccolta di numerosi cittadini e turisti, sosta gradevole prima di entrare a visitare il Castello ed i giardini adiacenti.

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Bonsoir Luciano,

Un bon titre pour ta photo, tu as bien capturé le fonctionnement de la fontaine. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails de la fontaine. Les couleurs sont très bonnes. Bonne soirée.


Hi Luciano
A beautiful fountain which is aptly titled and your closer shot of it shows it off in all its glory to great advantage with excellent colour, clarity and contrast. Well-performed photography and superb write up as well, Congrats.
Best regards

Hello Luciano,
It looks yummy. If the temperature falls a little more, it'll be an ice cream cake. I like the way you have aligned the fountain and the tower.

Ciao Luciano,
I think I visited Milano before this fountain was restored. I don't remember seeing it, but I do remember the castle. :-) Your capture is beautiful, with a bright, sunny sky, and the water dancing in the air. I really do like the shape of this fountain, and your presentation of it.

Bonjour, cher ami Luciano,
Faire chanter les eaux, les couleurs, la vie quotidienne et l'architecture de la ville, c'est très agréable.
La présentation est fort bien mise en valeur.

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  • emka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10456 W: 146 N: 26217] (126441)
  • [2018-01-13 23:12]

Ciao Luciano, Indeed, it looks like a wedding cake. Nice picture with the stunning colours and sharpness. Short trip from Cuggiono to Milan and hop fruitful. Fine series. Here excellent composition.

Kind regrads Malgo

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  • jmdias Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 10225 W: 174 N: 18227] (81163)
  • [2018-01-13 23:22]


in italy even a modern fountain has an history to tell. haha.
nice perspective of the waters, almos frozen. nice light and perspective of the jets and the textures.

take care


Salut Luciano,
c'est à "déguster" seulement avec les yeux ce gâteau ! Bien pris avec un joli effet de la lumière etde ce fond de ciel bleu qui met en valeur cette fontaine.

Dobar dan.
Lep pogled i trenutak, dobar tekst ...
Lepo pokazana fontana i arhitektura u pozadini, dobar kontrast, lepe boje, lepo uhvacen trenutak.
Lepa fontana i fasade u pozadini.
Zelim vam lep dan za odmor, sve najbolje.

Good day.
Nice view and a moment, good text ...
Beautifully presented fountain and architecture in the background, good contrast, beautiful colors, beautifully caught moment.
Nice fountain and facades in the background.
I wish you a nice day for rest, all the best.

Hello Luciano,
If this is the size of a Milanese wedding cake, how big are the pizzas and pasta meals there ?
However, your comparison is quite striking.
An excellent sharp and clear shot with the clarity of a winter sky on a beautiful day. It seems to be colder in Milano than here in Belgium.
Beautiful with the tower visible through the leafless branches of the trees.
Best regards, Paul

Now when I look at this, it reminding of a wedding cake...
Nice the combination with the Castello Sforzesco tower, Luciano, good light upon and clear sight as usual.
Buona domenica,

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  • Fis2 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9973 W: 157 N: 16362] (127489)
  • [2018-01-14 0:51]

Witaj Luciano!
Beautiful fountain and curious tower.
Good frame and composition.
Nice colors.
Well done.
Nice sunday.

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  • Nicou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 14175 W: 0 N: 16219] (172702)
  • [2018-01-14 0:52]


Plusieur étage de cette fontaine cadrage à ras l'eau quelle vue quel jet le principal e tles petit et ce fond sueprbe image mon ami.
Beau dimanche (Forza la Roma)

Hello Luciano,
To me this looks more like a birthday cake covered with small candles. It is obviously meant for a middle-aged person, judging from the number of "candles". But I don't know what the big thing in the middle is... ;-) It's a very original fountain and could well be an emblem of Milano almost as important as the cathedral or the Vittorio Emanuele gallery. The light is very good and I like the sharpness where we can imagine we see almost every drop. I prefer this to the slow exposures where the water looks like whipped cream ;-).
Kind regards,

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  • ChrisJ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 14573 W: 1049 N: 29602] (139557)
  • [2018-01-14 2:26]

Bonsoir Luciano

It's great to see this fountain working again. The bg castle makes an interesting backdrop. Good sharpness and reflections. Tfs!

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  • Tue Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 9382 W: 57 N: 15932] (58988)
  • [2018-01-14 3:01]

Hello Luciano,
Wonderful photo of this large fountain, I really like its resemblance to a cake. The city and the castle make a very appealing background too. The sunlight brings out the colours at their best, I really like the contrast of warm and cold tones.

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  • Lidka Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 398 W: 108 N: 906] (527)
  • [2018-01-14 3:31]

Dear Luciano!
Amazing fountain.
Wonderful architecture.
Fantastic take.
Nice weather.
Very nice lightness and colours.
Good sharpness.
Perfect quality.
Fine frame.
Well done!

Hi Luciano,
..I like it a lot! Beautiful frame and composition. Really beautiful shot.

Ciao Luciano, gran bella fontana, bel taglio, ottima nitidezza e splendidi colori, bravo, ciao Silvio

The wedding cake is glistening with sugary crystals, caro Luciano, just to emphasise that it is happy to be rebuilt and there for everyone to see. I am not surprised to learn that it is a meeting place for it is a feature that is stunning to look at and will be revered by the people of the city. Perspective has ensured that its towering fountain is even higher and more impressive than the tower of the castle. What an accolade!

My warm regards,
Bev :-)

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6103 W: 277 N: 11848] (91278)
  • [2018-01-14 8:09]

Ciao Luciano ,
Eh oui , comme un gros gâteau à la crème au milieu de la place .
Et ce par une belle journée ensoleillée d'hiver en Lombardie .

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  • rychem Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3471 W: 0 N: 8058] (57731)
  • [2018-01-14 8:25]

Your association with a wedding cake is perfect, excellent photo, fantastic quality, in Poland, all fountains are closed in winter for fear of frost,
regards Ryszard

Hello dear Luciano,
Another topclass capture and of course perfect entry in your gallery. With many interesting and usefull notes.
Nice framed.
TFS and best regards

Che bella fontana, hai catturatto l'acqua facendo un bel disegno. Sono stato nel Castela Sforzesco a Milano, É molto bello. Congratulazione e saluti!

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  • Cricri Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 15824 W: 159 N: 27647] (145138)
  • [2018-01-14 10:04]

Ciao Luciano
Bien trouver le titre, c'est un très beau gâteau d'un gros volume ....superbe capture des jets d'eau, bel effet de la lumière, c'est tout simplement beau, et d'une qualité image toujours au top
Bonne soirée

Una torta nuziale?? può essere, hai ragione!!
Dovrei venire a Milano a vedere qualche mostra....spero di vincere la pigrizia!
Bella foto, ben fatta, efficace. Ciao caro Luciano!


Sembra proprio una torta. (:-) buona composizione urbana.

Molto bella foto della fontana,
ottimo POV e bella nitidezza e belli colori,
cari saluti e bella settimana

ciao Luciano,
la storia della fontana non la conoscevo proprio, grazie.
Bell'immagine, ben composta, che con la scusa della fontana prende anche la torre e il resto della piazza,
ciao, Giacomo

Ciao Luciano, ottima fotografia di questa bellissima ed interessante fonte, molto ben catturata in questa bellissima immagine, con buona nitidezza, luce, colori e qualità. Lavoro molto buono e interessante fatto perfettamente, le mie congratulazioni amico mio. Grazie per aver condiviso questo bellissimo lavoro.

Buona notte e buon inizio della settimana.
I migliori auguri dal sud della Spagna.

Ciao Luciano
ho visto questa fontana e devo dire che a me piace molto, ma sono stati in molti a pensarlo, visto che è stata riproposta venti anni fa.
Bella anche la tua inquadratura, dove accosti il getto della fontana all'antica torre.

Hello Luciano
Only a small statue of the wedding couple is missing on the top of this immense wedding cake in the street of Milan. Good observation, interpretation and realisation of this daily live situation.
Excellent work
Have a nice day. Groet Rob

Hello Luciano,

hehe, the title is really smart, great image of this fountain, I like the perfect details you show here, it is an original one,

Best regards,


Hello, Luciano!

Interesting name for a fountain, it really looks like a cake, and you captured it with excellent light and sharpness, and the architecture in the background is also beautiful! The trees are also an interesting detail of the photo! Wonderful composition! Well done!

Hi Luciano.
Certainly this fountain remembers a wedding cake, but the framing with the trees and the tower of the castle, forms a splendid composition and the fountains with their jets are always relaxing.
Great image with good light, nice colors, good sharpness and fine details. Good framing and presentation.
Well done. I like very much.
You have a good day.
Very best regards.

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  • danos Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 13701 W: 295 N: 27478] (110395)
  • [2018-01-16 12:36]

Ciao Luciano,
the architectural style of the fountain really looks like as a huge wedding cake with the impressive building behind it to completes perfect the scenery. The excellent light of the day enhance even more the beauty as the details of the image.


Ciao Luciano,
great picture focused on the impressive fountain. You captured it in a great light.
I wonder if you could move a bit to include more of the tower which appears behind.
I suppose the trees would hide it then anyway.
Lovely spot, great continuation of reportage from Milano.
Buon fine settimana!

Hello Luciano,

wonderful fountain picture from Milano. I like your composition, fine clarity and sharpness of your shot. Very well done. I like the view very much.TFS.

With regards from luxembourg


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