Centuripe – A Small Italian Town Shaped Like a Person

Centuripe, a small town tucked in the hills of Sicily, is known as “the balcony of Sicily” for the stunning views it offers across to Mount Etna, but few know that, from the air, the town itself is quite the sight.

Pio Andrea Peri, a 32-year-old local photographer, recently used his drone to capture the unique shape of Centuripe from high up in the sky. After first discovering the unusual shape of his town while looking at it on Google Earth, Peri decided to take his drone and check it out for himself. He was so surprised by what he saw on his monitor that he snapped a few photos and shared them on social media, where they went viral almost instantly. From the right angle, Centuripe looks like the silhouette of a person with their arms and legs stretched out.

Photos: Pio Andrea Peri

“The whole world was incredulous at the bizarre shape of this town, many did not believe it was true, and they thought that I had drawn the photo on the PC,” the young Italian photographer told Mail Online. “But when they realized the truth by searching on Google Earth many of them personally apologized for what they said to me.”


After Pio’s aerial photographs of Centuripe started receiving international attention, the town’s mayor invited the young artist to stage an exhibition and showcase his work.


“It was a hard shot to create, and I had to use multiple shots because of the height limit of the drone,” Pio said about his most popular photo. “I overlaid about 18 shots manually in post-production and it took two hours of editing, I’m very happy with the result.”


Built on a hill, approximately 2,400 feet above sea level, Centuripe offers amazing views of the countryside of Enna province, as well as of the famous mount Etna, about 40 miles away.

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