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    Centuripe is a small Italian town shaped like a human being.

     

    Centuripe, a little hamlet in Sicily’s hills, is renowned as “the balcony of Sicily” for the spectacular views it gives across to Mount Etna, but few realise that the town itself is quite the sight from the air.
    Pio Andrea Peri, a 32-year-old local photographer, recently utilised his drone to capture Centuripe’s unusual shape from above. Peri decided to take his drone to check out his town’s odd shape after initially seeing it when looking at it on Google Earth. He was so taken aback by what he saw on his monitor that he took a couple images and posted them on social media, where they quickly went viral.

    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 images of Centuripe gained international notice, the mayor of the town requested the young artist to host an exhibition and showcase his work.

    “It was a difficult photograph to create, and I had to use many shots due to the drone’s height limit,” Pio said of his most popular photo. “I manually layered roughly 18 shots in post-production and it took two hours of editing; I’m extremely pleased with the result.”

    Centuripe, built on a hill about 2,400 feet above sea level, offers breathtaking views of the Enna region landscape as well as the famed Mount Etna, which is about 40 miles away.

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