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A little corner of Italy and more in LEGO!

A LEGO fan who’s work I regularly follow is Luca Di Lazzaro from Italy. Luca is a fan of LEGO trains, LEGO Speed Champions style cars, LEGO biker gangs, and Italian neighborhoods recreated in LEGO. Besides being a prolific LEGO builder, Luca is also an excellent photographer. Today, I thought to feature some of his work as a bit of introduction for those who are not familiar with his projects. 🙂

Some of my favorite builds from Luca are his recreations of Italian architecture, like the San Giacomo Square pictured above. Below, is an Italian neighborhood, Luca calls a “A Little Corner of Italy”. The design of the buildings and the color combinations makes these creations so realistic!

Luca is currently working on another Italian neighborhood called “Alley of Italy”. Here are some progress pictures from the project.

And here is a neighborhood from Greece, with the characteristic white walls and blue roofs, and colorful plants.

The picture below is a close-up of a couple of guys taking a siesta somewhere in Mexico, taking advantage of two characters from the LEGO Collectible Minifigure series.

As I mentioned, Luca is also into biker gangs, and he carefully selects all the characters and makes sure they have an awesome place to hang out.

As far as Luca’s train and spots car collection, here are a couple of pictures to give you a taste, and he has more in his flickr gallery.

It’s interesting to note that Luca started out with building and modifying the LEGO Modular Buildings, but that quickly developed his own style. If you like to build realistic LEGO cities, the LEGO Modular Buildings are a fantastic introduction where you can learn advanced building techniques that you can later modify and expand on.

What do you think? How do you like these Mediterranean style LEGO buildings and neighborhoods? Did you notice any interesting details that you would like to add to your own creations? Feel free to share in the comment section below! 😉

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  • MorningCoffee August 16, 2018, 1:00 PM

    Wow! Those are so beautiful! Can we please have a modular building like this?

    • jabber-baby-wocky August 16, 2018, 1:19 PM

      I agree with this. We need an Italian building in the Modular collection!

      • admin August 16, 2018, 2:12 PM

        Yeah, that would be great! 😀

  • DavidH August 16, 2018, 1:29 PM

    I would love to see these in person! So realistic! And if lego makes a modular like this, I would buy it in a heartbeat.

    • DavidH August 16, 2018, 1:30 PM

      This also makes me wonder why lego never made a modular with window shutters?

      • admin August 16, 2018, 2:14 PM

        Hm… good question. I’m not sure. The modular tend to have more complex windows than just a frame with shutters, but they could certainly have at least some, or have brick-built shutters like on the pictures here.

  • rainey August 16, 2018, 1:52 PM

    OMG, that’s sooooooo awesome! LOVE the “clothes” hanging on a line.

  • sammy August 16, 2018, 4:32 PM

    These are so perfect! So much like real buildings! And the photography is great too! I love that one with the umbrellas!

  • SPMom August 16, 2018, 5:05 PM

    My god!!! I want to live there! I really like all those unusual angles and those rooftops in so many different levels. Please, lego, make a set like this! I’m not skilled enough to build something like this on my own but could follow instructions.

  • gid617 August 17, 2018, 11:32 AM

    I love it when LEGO fans build realistic representations of cultures they’re familiar with, and these MOCs are no exception. Really looking forward to seeing the result of his latest project!

    • admin August 17, 2018, 1:28 PM

      Yeah, I’m watching that last project too! He just posted an update yesterday. Looks really sweet. 🙂

  • Håkan August 17, 2018, 1:45 PM

    I remember Mexican siestadores like that from the European Lucky Luke comics, but I’m not sure on how common they are in real life…

  • Joseph September 8, 2018, 10:41 PM

    If you didn’t already hear Luca, unfortunately, passed away about two weeks ago. I never had to an opportunity to speak to him, but I found great inspiration from his work.

    News Article: https://www.corriere.it/cronache/18_agosto_29/luca-lazzaro-morto-bicicletta-carabiniere-che-ricostruiva-trastevere-mattoncini-lego-1ae8c8d0-ab73-11e8-9764-e6a99f8035d4.shtml?refresh_ce-cp

    • admin September 8, 2018, 10:50 PM

      I know we discussed this was announced on the LEGO Ambassador Forum by the ambassador of the Italian LEGO User Group. It was a great shock to the whole community. He was so young and so talented! My heart goes out to his family. It’s such a tragic story…

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