The Road to Polignano a Mare

Courtesy of Red Bull Media Room

Alessandro De Rose of Italy dives in the Lima river during the Road To Cliff Diving Italy in Bagni di Lucca, Italy on June 7, 2017. –
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Damiano Levati/Red Bull Content Pool

De Rose dives at stunning locations ahead of next Red Bull Cliff Diving stop.

Italian diver Alessandro De Rose has undertaken a stunning road trip across his native country ahead of his wildcard entry at the next Red Bull Cliff Diving stop in Polignano a Mare on July 23.

De Rose is the only Italian competing in the third round of the 2017 season and he wanted to help illustrate the breathtaking beauty of Italy at Trieste, Porto Venere, Bagni di Lucca and Fiordo di Furore.

The first location chosen was the marvellous Duino Castle, a private residence overlooking the sea, in De Rose’s current home city of Trieste where he has lived and trained for five years.

Alessandro De Rose of Italy warms up before diving during the Road To Cliff Diving Italy in Furore, Italy on June 6, 2017. –
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Damiano Levati/Red Bull Content Pool

Cosenza born De Rose performed alongside exceptional local diver Pino Auber, who began diving at the age of 57 and has secured many Master wins at the European and World High Diving Championships.

De Rose explained: “I couldn’t have started my road to Polignano anywhere else. Trieste is my city now.”

The UNESCO World Heritage Site of Porto Venere came next where De Rose soared into the water from a cliff overlooking the Church of St. Peter perched on a promontory in the famous Gulf of Poets.

The third leg arrived at the Canyon Park in Bagni di Lucca where Alessandro dived into the blue waters of the Lima River from a bridge suspended at 21 metres between two rocky walls.

Alessandro De Rose of Italy dives from the cliff under the Castello di Duino during the Road To Cliff Diving Italy in Trieste, Italy on June 10, 2017. –
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Damiano Levati/Red Bull Content Pool

One of the most remarkable high-diving locations in Italy provided the backdrop for the final stop with the Fjord of Furore on the Amalfi Coast, the bridge Alessandro dived from suspended at 31 metres.

De Rose enthused: “I was very excited before the dive. It was the first time that I have dived from here and 31 metres is more than the competition standard of 27 metres that I am used to.

“It was definitely excellent training as the World Series in Polignano approaches. The Amalfi Coast is just magical and I can’t wait to come back.”

Watch Polignano a Mare live on Red Bull TV HERE.

Alessandro De Rose of Italy poses for a portrait during the Road To Cliff Diving Italy in Trieste, Italy on June 10, 2017. –
Photographer Credit:
Damiano Levati/Red Bull Content Pool

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